Is the hard part over for the Gophers’ women’s hockey team?
It took three overtimes Saturday, but Minnesota defeated North Dakota 3-2 in the NCAA quarterfinals, becoming the only WCHA team to reach the Frozen Four this season.
Since the NCAA began sanctioning a women’s ice hockey championship in 2001, a WCHA team has won it every year. Minnesota-Duluth has won five national titles, Wisconsin four and the Gophers three.
Minnesota (39-0) won last year’s NCAA title and owns a 47-game winning streak. Friday brings a semifinal matchup with Boston College (27-6-3) for the Gophers.
That game will start Friday at 5 p.m. at Ridder Arena, Minnesota’s home rink, with the other semifinal — Boston University vs. Mercyhurst — following at 8 p.m. The championship game is 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Gophers lost 4-1 to Boston College in the 2011 NCAA semifinals, but the teams haven’t met since.
“A couple of our classes remember that pasting pretty good,” Gophers coach Brad Frost said. “But it’s a new team. It’s going to be a real exciting game. They’re a real offensive, fast team, and they get up and down the rink, so it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The Gophers survived Saturday’s marathon despite losing freshman defenseman Milica McMillen to a checking-from-behind game misconduct in the second period and senior co-captain Bethany Brausen being limited to one period because of an unspecified injury.
“Any time we can have a little adversity — we haven’t had a ton of it,” Frost said. “All these things, when you come out stronger, are huge benefits through the year.”
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|Detroit - WP: K. Lobstein||8|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Arrieta||5||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - LP: A. DeSclafani||2|
|Washington - LP: G. Gonzalez||2||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: D. Haren||6|
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|Tampa Bay - WP: C. Archer||5|
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|Baltimore - WP: B. Norris||18|
|St. Louis - LP: L. Lynn||3||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: M. Blazek||6|
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|Chicago WSox - WP: D. Robertson||3|
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|Chicago WSox - WP: J. Danks||5|
|Texas - WP: N. Feliz||5||FINAL|
|LA Angels - LP: J. Alvarez||4|
|Houston - WP: T. Sipp||7||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: T. Clippard||6|
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|San Diego - WP: B. Morrow||3|
|Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano||8||FINAL|
|Arizona - LP: J. Hellickson||0|
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