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Falcon women win WIAC hockey title

The UWRF Women's hockey team celebrates their 5-1 win over UW-Stevens Point Saturday March 8, at Hunt Arena. The Falcons won the O'Brien Cup and the WIAC Championship. (Kathy M Helgeson/UWRF Communications photo)

The UW-River Falls women’s hockey team claimed the inaugural WIAC championship by defeating UW-Stevens Point, 5-1, in the WIAC Tournament title game Saturday afternoon at Hunt Arena.

“We were the first team to win the NCHA Tournament championship and now we are the first team to win the WIAC Tournament title. It's fun to make history and bring the O'Brien Cup back to our trophy case," said Falcon coach Joe Cranston after the game.

While in the past a conference championship win would mean an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament this year UWRF will be hoping their regular season resume along with the win will be enough for at large bid. Both teams will find out Monday morning at 9 a.m. if their seasons will continue. The NCAA quarterfinal will be played next Saturday with the times yet to be determined. 

The Falcons scored the first three goals of the game—two off the stick of Dani Sibley and another by Chloe Kinsel, before UWSP scored its only goal at the 14:52 mark of the third period.

Brianna Breiland and Brook Story tallied empty-net goals with under two minutes remaining to make the final 5-1.

This story will be updated when the NCAA Tournament field is announced. Check the March 13 River Falls Journal for more.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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