| 2013 NCAA Frozen Four
|Date||Friday, March 22 | Sunday, March 24|
March 22: Minnesota vs. Boston College, 5:07 p.m. CT
|Location||Ridder Arena (3,400)|
|2013 NCAA Frozen Four||Tournament Central | Bracket|
|Gophers Against the Field||1-0-0 vs. BU | 3-1-1 vs. BC | 6-1-0 vs. MU|
|Multimedia||Semifinal 1: Game Day Live | Watch Live | Free Audio
Semifinal 2: Watch Live
Championship: Watch Live
|Game Notes||Boston College | Boston U | Mercyhurst | Minnesota|
|Season Statistics||Boston College | Boston U | Mercyhurst | Minnesota|
|Social Media||Facebook | @MNwomenshockey|
March 20, 2013
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. The Golden Gophers, who are on an NCAA record 47-game winning streak, enter the 2013 Frozen Four with a perfect 39-0-0 record. Their 39 wins this season is the most in NCAA history, and they are two wins away from becoming the first-ever undefeated team. Minnesota's last loss was a 2-1 overtime loss to North Dakota at Ridder Arena on Feb. 17, 2012. After that loss, the Gophers won eight straight to claim the 2012 NCAA National Championship. The Maroon & Gold have also tied the NCAA record for consecutive home wins with 25.
2. Minnesota is embarking on their ninth NCAA Frozen Four and their second consecutive appearance. The Gophers are seeking their fifth national title, which would tie Minnesota Duluth for the most in women's ice hockey history. A win on Sunday would make the Gophers only the fourth program to win back-to-back titles (Wisconsin - 2006-2007; Minnesota - 2004-2005; Minnesota Duluth - 2001-2002-2003). The Frozen Four is in Minneapolis for the fourth time, but Minnesota has only been in the championship game once during those four years (2006). In 2006, they were defeated by Wisconsin, 3-0, at Mariucci Arena.
3. Boston University makes only their second Frozen Four appearance in school history this weekend. The Terries, who are 27-5-3 on the year, carry a nine-game winning streak into their matchup with Mercyhurst. During the nine-game span, BU has outscored their opponents 4.56 to 1.78. Boston U advanced to the Frozen Four after defeating Clarkson, 5-3, in the NCAA Quarterfinal. They have a balanced offense with four players scoring over 40 points on the year. Junior Marie Philip-Poulin leads the team with 51 points (17g-34a). Freshman Sarah Lefort has made some noise as she is third in the nation in scoring (42 points) for rookies and is tied for the most goals (23) on the team.
4. Boston College qualified for their third consecutive Frozen Four by defeating Harvard, 3-1. The Eagles are 27-6-3 on the year. They have the second best offense in the nation, behind the Gophers, averaging 4.36 goals per game. This is partially due to their power play efficiency, which they score on 27.6% of the time and is third in the country. Sophomore Alex Carpenter heads up the charge with 69 points (32g-37a). BC's freshman Haley Skarupa ranks second in the nation in scoring by rookies with 51 points (24g-27a).
5. Mercyhurst is in their first Frozen Four since 2010 after upsetting No. 2 Cornell in overtime, 4-3. The Lakers are one of the most balanced teams in the country as they rank third in offense average 4.22 goals game and sixth in defense allowing just 1.69 goals per game. Mercyhurst also ranks third in the country in penalty minutes as they average 12 minutes a game. They enter the weekend on an eight-game win streak. Christine Bestland is their scoring threat as she has 71 points (28g-43a) on the year. Senior goaltender Stephanie Ciampa has been a huge part of MU's success as she is 20-1-0 on the year and has a 1.44 goals against average.
Banner-Raising Set for Friday
Join the Gophers to celebrate the program's 2016 national championship prior to Friday's season-opener.
Gopher Women's Hockey Live vs. Lindenwood
Follow the action between the Gophers and Lions in Friday's season-opener at Ridder Arena.
Spotlight on Kelsey Cline
Kelsey Cline begins the season with high expectations for her senior year in Maroon & Gold.