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National champs: Gopher women's hockey wins NCAA title

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The Golden Gopher women defeated Harvard 4-1 Sunday at Ridder Arena to win their fifth NCAA national title on the strength of a three-goal third period.

Hannah Brandt, Meghan Lorence and Rachel Bona scored in the final frame, and goalie Amanda Leveille made 19 saves, the Star Tribune reports.

It was Minnesota's fifth NCAA championship and their third in the past four years.

The Gophers led 1-0 after a goal by Megan Wolfe late in the first period, and the score stayed that way until the third when Brandt scored to stretch the lead to 2-0.

Harvard scored shortly after that to get to 2-1. But Lorence scored Minnesota's third goal and Bona added an empty-netter late in the game for the final score.

Fans of the women's hockey team couldn't watch the game on television; it was only available online on a video stream. And some Twitter users wondered why the NCAA and cable TV providers didn't make arrangements to air the game.

The Star Tribune notes that the broadcast rights to the Frozen Four are held by Turner Sports, as part of its multibillion dollar contract with the NCAA. And the company has no interest in televising women's hockey at this point, because it's considered a regional sport with little appeal nationwide.

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