Minnesota (40-0-0) 3, Boston College (27-7-3) 2 (OT) Mar. 22, 2013 – Ridder Arena – Minneapolis, Minn. – Att. 3,400
This is the fourth time that the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four is being held in Minneapolis. The University of Minnesota hosted the inaugural Frozen Four at Mariucci Arena in 2001, and also hosted the Frozen Four in 2006 (Mariucci Arena) and 2010 (Ridder Arena).
The game marked the sixth overtime contest in the history of the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four, and the third in Frozen Four games played at Ridder Arena. Cornell beat Mercyhurst 3-2 in overtime in a 2010 semifinal, and Minnesota-Duluth beat Cornell 3-2 in three overtimes in the 2010 national championship game.
The game marked the 16th overtime contest in the history of the NCAA national collegiate women’s hockey tournament.
Minnesota is now 4-1-1 all-time against Boston College overall, 2-1-0 all-time in NCAA tournament play.
Minnesota is in its ninth NCAA Frozen Four and its second straight appearance. The Gophers will now play in their fifth NCAA national championship game, having won national titles in 2004, 2005 and 2012, while finishing second in 2006.
Minnesota is making its 11th appearance in the NCAA postseason and 14th overall (Minnesota competed in AWCHA national tournaments in 1998, 1999 and 2000, prior to the NCAA beginning its national tournament in 2001). Minnesota is now 14-8-1 all-time in NCAA tournament games and 17-11-1 in overall national tournament games, including AWCHA contests. Minnesota is now 3-1-1 in national tournament postseason overtime games, 3-0-1 in NCAA play.
With the victory, Minnesota is now 40-0-0 this season, the most wins in a single season in NCAA Division I women’s hockey history. The Gophers could complete the first unbeaten season in NCAA Division I women’s hockey history with a win in Sunday’s national championship game.
With the victory, Minnesota extended its NCAA-record winning streak to 48 straight games. Minnesota’s last loss was a 2-1 overtime loss to North Dakota at Ridder Arena on Feb. 17, 2012. The Gophers won their last eight games of the 2011-12 season to claim the national title.
With the win, Minnesota also set an NCAA record for consecutive home victories, claiming its 26th straight victory at Ridder Arena. The Gophers entered the game tied for the consecutive home-win record with Harvard (25 wins at home from March 1, 2002 to Jan. 11, 2004).
The overtime game was Minnesota’s third of the season, joining a 3-2 overtime win over Bemidji State on Feb. 16 at Ridder Arena and a 3-2, three-overtime win over North Dakota in the NCAA quarterfinals on March 16, also at Ridder Arena.
Sarah Davis scored the game-winning goal at the 1:39 mark of overtime, assisted by linemates Bethany Brausen and Meghan Lorence. The goal was Davis’ sixth of the season and her second game-winning goal. Davis now has seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points this season, with a goal or assist in 17 of her 37 games played. In her 114 career games, Davis now has 30 goals and 60 assists for 90 points. Lorence now has nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points this season (14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points in her 81 career games), and Brausen now has four goals and 14 assists for 18 points this season (12 goals and 24 assists for 36 points in 119 career games).
Boston College outshot Minnesota by an 11-9 margin in the first period, though the Gophers had the final six shots on-goal of the period, including four on the Gophers’ second power play of the game. Since opening the game with an 11-3 shots on-goal disadvantage, the Gophers outshot the Eagles by a 36-17 margin.
Friday’s game marked the first time this season that Minnesota entered the third period trailing an opponent. The Gophers have trailed opponents in just 66:56 this season, including 3:29 in Friday’s game. Friday marked just the sixth time the Gophers have trailed in a game this season.
Freshman Hannah Brandt tied the game for Minnesota at 1-1 at the 1:42 mark of the third period, redirecting a shot by Megan Bozek in front for her 32nd goal of the season and team-leading 10th power-play goal, assisted by Bozek and Milica McMillen. Brandt is now second on the team in both goals (32) and total points (81), with her 81 points a Minnesota freshman record. She has had a goal or assist in 34 of Minnesota’s 40 games this season.
Hannah Brandt is now fourth among NCAA Division I women’s hockey players nationally in points per-game (2.02), with her 81 points tied for third-most overall nationally.
Minnesota took the lead at the 12:12 mark of the third period, when Becky Kortum scored her 15th goal of the season, putting home a goal off a backhand by Rachel Bona. Milica McMillen received the second assist on the goal. Kortum notched her 15th goal of the season and 32nd point (15-17—32). In her 146th career game, Kortum now has 70 career points (35 goals, 35 assists).
The two-assist performance marked the third time this season that McMillen has had multiple assists in a game this season, and her fifth multiple-point game of the season. McMillen has now had a goal or assist in 20 games this season.
The game is the 32nd in which Megan Bozek has had a goal or an assist this season, and the 14th in her last 15 games. Rachel Bona has now had a goal or assist in 23 games this season.
Boston College Notes
This is the fourth appearance for Boston College in the NCAA Frozen Four overall and its third straight appearance. It is Boston College’s fifth time in the NCAA tournament. Boston College is now 4-5-0 all-time in NCAA tournament play, and 0-4-0 in Frozen Four games.
Boston College is now 2-1-1 all-time in games played at Minnesota’s Ridder Arena.
Boston College’s Emily Field opened the scoring with her 16th goal of the season, scoring a power-play goal at the 18:13 mark of the second period, assisted by Alex Carpenter and Haley Skarupa. The goal is Fields’ sixth power-play goal of the season. It’s the 15th game in which Field has scored a goal, and 27th game in which she has had a goal or assist, so far this season.
Alex Carpenter’s assist was her team-leading and single-season school-record 38th of the season, and her team-leading 70th point of the year. Her 70 points, a single-season school record, are tied for fifth-most among NCAA Division I women’s hockey players this season, with her 1.89 points per-game seventh-best nationally. Carpenter now has 109 points (53 goals, 56 assists) in just 71 career games. Only a sophomore, Carpenter is already in eighth place in Boston College school history in career points (one of only nine Eagles to have 100-plus career points) and in a tie for ninth in school history in career assists. Her 53 goals are seventh-most in school history. Carpenter has had a goal or assist in 33 of Boston College’s 37 games this season.
Lexi Bender tied the game for Boston College at 2-2 with her third goal of the season, assisted by Haley Skarupa and Dana Trivigno, at the 14:12 mark of the third period. The goal was Bender’s first since scoring in a 6-3 win at Maine on Feb. 2, and she has had a goal or assist in 12 games this season. Bender has three goals and 13 assists for 16 points this season.
With two assists on Friday, Haley Skarupa recorded her ninth multi-assist game this season and her 16th multi-point game of the 2012-13 campaign. Skarupa has recorded a goal or assist in 27 games this season, and she finished second on the team in total scoring with 53 points (24 goals, 29 assists).
Dana Trivigno collected her 16th assist of the season, finishing her inaugural collegiate campaign with 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points. Trivigno had a goal or assist in 19 of her 37 games played this season.