|3rd||19:43.8||WIS||1-0||EV GW||Mellissa Channell (3)||Annie Pankowski/30, Abby Roque/20|
|Shots on Goal||1st||2nd||3rd||SOG|
|Team Stats and Records||PP||PIM||SHGF|
|Boston College (28-6-5)||0/3||4/8||0|
|Boston College Goaltending||MIN||GA||1||2||3||Saves|
|Katie Burt (L, 26-6-5)||59:41||1||5||19||11||35|
|Ann-Renée Desbiens (W, 29-1-4)||59:43||0||12||7||3||22|
ST. CHARLES, Mo. - Senior Mellissa Channell scored with 17 seconds remaining to lift the No. 1 Wisconsin women's hockey team past No. 4 Boston College, 1-0, on Friday in the semifinal round of the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri.
Channell, one of six seniors for Wisconsin (33-2-4), launched a shot from the blue line that snuck past Boston College (28-6-5) goaltender Katie Burt to lift UW to its first NCAA championship appearance since 2012.
"I honestly blacked out," Channell said. "Annie passed it back to me and I just shot. I wasn't really aiming. I just tried to get the puck to the net and get a rebound and it found the perfect corner."
"A bunch of our games, whether they're quarterfinal games or championship games or Frozen Four games, it's going to come down to the team getting opportunities and capitalizing on them," UW head coach Mark Johnson said. "It took us almost to the end of the game to capitalize on ours, but the team's excited. I know the seniors are excited they got over the hurdle and they put themselves in the position now to play for the national championship. We're excited to be in the position we're in."
Junior Annie Pankowski and Abby Roque picked up assists on Channell's 11th career goal.
"It's a team game. Whether I score, Annie scores, (Sarah) Nurse scores, anyone scores, we win the game," Channell said. "The point of the game is to score, so whoever gets the most goals wins. But it's nice to finally not have to go into overtime and actually make it to the championship game. All the seniors are in the locker room right now really excited along with the rest of the team, so it'll be fun to play on Sunday."
Fellow senior Ann-Renee Desbiens earned her NCAA-leading 17th shutout of the season, stopping all 22 shots she encountered.
"As a goalie, it's nice to have a lot of shots and to be involved and that's something that you look forward to. It's a nice challenge and those low-scoring games definitely challenge you more because you need to stay focused. You never know who's going to get a bounce. So it's definitely fun. And congrats to Katie Burt. She played really well and had a great game for them and kept them in the game too."
After being outshot 12-5 in the first period, the Badgers dominated play in the final two periods, outshooting the Eagles 31-10.
"BC played their best hockey in the beginning of the first," Desbiens said. "They came out super fast against us, but we were fortunate that they didn't get the bounces they wanted. We kept building from the first period, so we improved more. Our best period was definitely the third, because we grew as the game went on as a team."
Wisconsin ultimately outshot Boston College 36-22, marking the 38th time this year UW has outshot its opponent.
The Badgers eye their fifth NCAA title on Sunday as UW will face Clarkson in a 2 p.m. contest. The game can be seen live on the Big Ten Network.