It’s time for an NCAA preview by someone who barely follows the NCAA!
I’ll be honest, following the CWHL, plus my other sports loyalties, takes up enough time – and NCAA regular season women’s hockey games aren’t generally streamed in my area. So I come to the Frozen Four with the enthusiasm of a very dumb, uninformed fan. (For good Badger coverage, check out Nicole Haase’s twitter here.) According to the NCAA’s website, the matchups this year are Minnesota-Wisconsin and Clarkson-Mercyhurst. Exciting!
One of the bigger stories this year is Clarkson’s first trip to the Frozen Four. Mind, they won 3-1 over a BC team that was without Carpenter, but it’s still an exciting moment for them. Last year, the semifinals were Minnesota-BC, and BU-Mercyhurst, with Minnesota and BU advancing to the final. Not so this year.
Minnesota has continued to be dominant this year, even without Noora Räty, Megan Bozek, and Amanda Kessel. That’s not really surprising; their recruitment is outstanding and their team is stacked. They’ll be facing the Badgers in the semifinal. The Badgers sold out LaBahn arena to defeat Harvard and earn a berth in the Frozen Four. You can get a recap of that game here.
Anyway, more educated minds than mine have written plenty about the actual hockey aspects of the Frozen Four. I fully intend to sit on my couch with my laptop and yell SHOOOOOOOT as I watch NCAA hockey. This is your reminder that the Frozen Four WILL be streamed on the NCAA’s website here, and if you’re so inclined, you can watch video of last year’s contests as well. Fun for the whole family!
We will be watching (and tweeting) the Gophers-Badgers game at the very least. We encourage everyone else to tune in, too.