2000 AWCHA Champions
1999-2000 Schedule/Results | Gophers win first national title
The 1999-2000 Gopher women's hockey season accomplished the ultimate in collegiate athletics, winning the first women's national team title in Minnesota history. The Gophers simply improved as the season progressed. After a respective 11-4 start to the season, but losing twice to Minnesota-Duluth in December, Minnesota lost only one game after January 1. Those two losses to UMD cost the Gophers the team title in the newly formed WCHA-Women's League.
The Gophers and Bulldogs met once again in the WCHA Tournament championship game, with Duluth coming out with a 2-0 victory. Both teams were selected to participate in the AWCHA National Tournament in Boston and were to face each other one more time, with a national championship game berth in the balance. The Gophers lived through a scary moment during their final practice before the national semifinal game as Nadine Muzerall crashed into the boards in practice and was taken from ice on a backboard. As it would turn out, Muzerall was not seriously injured and played a huge part in the Gophers' 3-2 win over Duluth. With the Gophers down 2-0 early in the second period, Muzerall scored two consecutive goals to tie the score and set up Tracy Engstrom's gamewinner in the third period.
The Gophers went on to defeat Brown, 4-2, to capture the national title. Gopher goalie Erica Killewald was voted the most valuable player of the tournament Surprisingly, the Gophers were shut out in the All-America balloting. Defender Winny Brodt was selected as the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and joined Muzerall on the all-conference first team..
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