March 10, 2013
NCAA Quarterfinal Tickets
The University of Minnesota women's hockey team earned an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Championship with their 2-0 title win over North Dakota at the WCHA Final Face-Off.
"We were prepared for this about two months ago," said Gopher head coach Brad Frost. "As a staff, we were preparing to play either North Dakota or Wisconsin in this first game, so it is no surprise to us. We know them, and they know us. This will be the sixth time we have met this year, and there is a whole lot on the line to get to the Frozen Four."
The Gophers have faced North Dakota five times already this season, with all ending in favor of the Maroon & Gold. UND is one of three teams to hold a lead against Minnesota this season.
Minnesota is making its 11th appearance in the 13-year history of the NCAA Championship, and has qualified for the tournament for a sixth-straight season. The NCAA first included quarterfinal games in 2005 after expanding the tournament field to eight teams.
The Gophers were a No. 2 seed last season and knocked North Dakota out of the NCAA tournament last season in the quarterfinal round. Minnesota went on to claim their fourth NCAA Championship with a 4-2 win over Wisconsin, who was snubbed of an NCAA at-large bid.
If the Maroon & Gold win their NCAA Quarterfinal game, they will advance to the NCAA Frozen Four, which is also held at Ridder Arena on March 22 and 24. Tickets are currently sold out for the Frozen Four, but more may come available the week of the tournament.
No. 3 Gophers Shut Out No. 8 Fighting Hawks
Hannah Brandt and Amanda Kessel led the Gophers with two points each in the 3-0 win at Ridder Arena Friday night.
Gopher Women's Hockey Live vs. North Dakota
Minnesota and North Dakota face off at 6 p.m. Friday at Ridder Arena.
Schipper Credits Gophers' Success to Passion
Junior Kate Schipper has already matched her season-high for points with 29 points in 27 games this season.