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Sarah Erickson celebrates her first goal in Sunday's national championship game. Photo courtesy Todd Huxley Smith

Bemidji's Erickson helps Gopher women win national championship

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Bemidji High School graduate Sarah Erickson scored two goals as Minnesota held off defending national champion Wisconsin 4-2 Sunday before about 2,000 fans at Amsoil Arena in Duluth as the Gophers captured their first NCAA Division I national championship since winning back-to-back titles in 2004 and '05.

Goaltender Noora Raty had 42 saves for Minnesota and teammate Emily West became the first person to score a penalty-shot goal in the championship game.

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