Wisconsin and Minnesota will compete in the 2017 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four semifinals on Friday, with the winners meeting Sunday in the finals.
It’s probably not a stretch to say the four premier programs in women’s hockey will be playing Friday, especially considering this is the exact same group of teams from last year’s Frozen Four. The four have combined to take 10 of the 12 spots in the last three Frozen Fours. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Clarkson have combined to win the last six national championships.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the semifinals Friday at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.
What time is the 2017 Women’s Frozen Four?
No. 1 Wisconsin and No. 4 Boston College will meet at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT.
No. 2 Clarkson and Minnesota will face off at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
How can I watch the 2017 Women’s Frozen Four?
The games will be streamed online through the GameCenters on the NCAA’s website.
Wisconsin-Boston College, Clarkson-Minnesota preview
The Badgers enter the Frozen Four as the tournament favorite after an immensely successful regular season, which included their seventh WCHA tournament title and fifth regular-season WCHA championship. They are on a 21-game unbeaten streak, the longest active streak in the NCAA, and are led by four players who were named to All-America teams on Thursday. They’re good. Very good.
It might be somewhat surprising to see Boston College back in a third straight Frozen Four after losing many players to graduation, but the Eagles won the Hockey East tournament then stomped St. Lawrence 6-0 in the first round of the NCAA tourney. The Eagles are led by defenseman Megan Keller, a two-time first-team All-American and the NCAA’s best at her position.
Clarkson is in the midst of the best run in school history, winning the ECAC for the third time in four years and going for its second national championship. Senior forward and first-team All-American Cayley Mercer leads the nation in goals with 26 and has 58 points through 39 games. The Golden Knights will be playing a rematch of their first championship, facing a Minnesota team they beat 5-4 in the 2014 finals.
The Gophers are the Gophers, the most successful program in women’s hockey and looking to add their fifth national title in six years. They finished second in the WCHA behind Wisconsin, but fell to Minnesota-Duluth in their first game of the WCHA Final Face-Off. Minnesota would have its revenge, though, beating Duluth in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to reach its sixth straight Frozen Four.