Women’s hockey: NCAA quarterfinal
Gophers vs. Minnesota Duluth
2:30 p.m., Amsoil Arena (video on NCHC.tv)
Frozen Four spot at stake
Gophers (25-7-5): Minnesota had 63 shots on goal in last Saturday’s 2-1, double-overtime loss to UMD. Dani Cameranesi, who’d missed the previous six weeks with a lower-body injury, had 14 shots alone. Sarah Potomak had Minnesota’s only goal. Junior goaltender Sidney Peters had a career-high 39 saves, including a spectacular diving stop in the first overtime. Minnesota has a chance to reach its sixth consecutive Frozen Four.
Minnesota-Duluth (25-6-5): Lara Stalder’s game-winning goal last Saturday was controversial, reviewed for a high-stick. Stalder, a Patty Kazmaier Award finalist, leads the Bulldogs with 23 goals and 33 assists. Even though UMD lost the WCHA title game to Wisconsin 4-1 last Sunday, Bulldogs goalie Maddie Rooney was named the tournament’s most outstanding player. The Andover native had 112 saves in two games. Maura Crowell, the WCHA coach of the year, was the associate head coach at Harvard, under Katie Stone, when the Crimson lost to Minnesota in the 2015 NCAA title game.
What’s next: The winner plays the winner of the Clarkson/Cornell game next Friday at the Women’s Frozen Four in St. Charles, Mo.