MINNEAPOLIS -- The NCAA Women's Frozen Four returns to Ridder Arena this week. Two semifinal games are set for Friday, and the 2018 NCAA national champion will be crowned on Sunday afternoon. Clarkson, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Colgate will battle for the 2018 national championship after winning their respective quarterfinal games.
Top-seeded Clarkson (34-4-1) advanced to its third-straight Frozen Four and fourth overall with a 2-1 overtime win over Mercyhurst last weekend. The Golden Knights are in search of their third national title after taking home the NCAA crown in 2014 and 2017. Clarkson is led by Patty Kazmaier top-three finalist and ECAC Player of the Year Loren Gabel, who has 74 points in 39 games played this year. The Golden Knights are coached by Matt Desrosiers, who is in his 10th year at the program’s helm.
No. 2 seed Wisconsin (31-4-2) earned its fifth-straight Frozen Four bid by defeating Minnesota, 4-0, in last weekend's quarterfinal round. The Badgers are making their 11th Frozen Four appearance in program history and are in search of the program's fifth NCAA title and first since 2011. The Badgers are led by sophomore forward Abby Roque, the WCHA Offensive Player of the Year, who has 40 points in 37 games this season. Eight Badgers have surpassed the 20-point mark this year. Head coach Mark Johnson is in his 15th season leading UW and has over 450 career wins.
No. 3 seed Colgate (33-5-1) punched its ticket to the program’s first-ever Frozen Four with a 3-1 win over Northeastern in the NCAA quarterfinal round. The Raiders are led by junior forward Jessie Eldridge, who has a team-best 43 points. A historic season, this year marks the first time the Raiders have earned an NCAA tournament bid. Head coach Greg Fargo is in his sixth season at the helm of Colage, and the team has improved its record from 22-11-3 in 2016-17, 22-9-7 in 2015-16, and 7-25-2 in 2014-15.
Unseeded Ohio State (24-10-4) is also making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. The Buckeyes advanced to the Frozen Four with a 2-0 upset win over No. 4 seed Boston College. Ohio State is led by freshman forward Emma Maltais, the WCHA Rookie of the Year, who has a team-high 40 points. In her second season as head coach, Nadine Muzerall was named the WCHA Coach of the Year as her team improved upon its 14-18-5 record in 2016-17.
The semifinal match-ups pit top-seeded Clarkson against unseeded Ohio State at 4 p.m. CT and No. 2 seed Wisconsin against No. 3 seed Colgate at 7 p.m. CT Friday. The semifinal winners advance to the national championship game at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday.
All three NCAA Women's Frozen Four games will be televised live on the Big Ten Network for the first time in the event's history.
Limited tickets remain available for the Frozen Four, and the event is expected to sell out. All tickets for the Frozen Four are reserved seats, and prices range from $20 to $55. Prices and seat types are as follows:
- Chairback ($40)
- Adult bench ($30)
- Student/senior/youth bench ($25)
- Groups of 10 or more ($20)
- Suite ($55)
Tickets may be purchased online at MyGopherSports.com, in person at the 3M Arena at Mariucci Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-U-GOPHER. For more information on 2018 Women's Hockey Frozen Four tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-624-8080 (Option 2). The Ticket Sales & Service Office is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ridder Arena also hosted the NCAA Women's Frozen Four in 2010, 2013 and 2015. The arena was the first facility dedicated solely to college women's ice hockey. Ridder Arena has also served as the site for 11 WCHA conference championships (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018).
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