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Minnesota beats Wisconsin 3-1, goes to Frozen Four final

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Hannah Brandt and Maryanne Menefee each had a goal and two assists and Minnesota beat Wisconsin 3-1 in a Frozen Four semifinal on Friday.

Kelly Pannek also scored for the top-seeded Golden Gophers (33-3-4), who are seeking a third national title in four years and sixth overall. Amanda Leveille made 34 saves.

Fourth-seeded Wisconsin (29-7-4) got a goal from Annie Pankowski.

Minnesota fell behind early in the second period before scoring three straight in the period.

Brandt netted her 33rd goal of the year off a scramble in front, and a rising shot from Megan Wolfe was deflected by Menefee nearly 2 minutes later. Badger goaltender Anne-Renee Desbiens immediately raised her stick claiming the puck was illegally touched, but replays ruled otherwise.

Pannek scored on a rebound for a power-play goal with 3:06 left in the period.

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