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.”
|Chicago WSox - WP: S. Carroll||6||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: Z. McAllister||2|
|Atlanta - WP: M. Minor||11||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson||6|
|NY Yankees - WP: S. Greene||3||FINAL|
|Baltimore - LP: C. Tillman||0|
|Arizona - WP: W. Miley||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: R. Vogelsong||0|
|St. Louis - WP: A. Wainwright||10||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson||2|
|Miami - LP: M. Dunn||4||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: V. Black||5|
|Boston - LP: J. Peavy||2||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: J. Fields||3|
|Minnesota - WP: K. Correia||9||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: T. Matzek||3|
|Toronto - LP: D. Hutchison||3||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi||10|
|Detroit - WP: R. Porcello||5||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Shields||1|
|Washington - WP: R. Detwiler||5||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - LP: J. Diekman||3|
|Pittsburgh - WP: J. Wilson||6||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Hoover||5|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver||5||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: M. Mikolas||2|
|San Diego - LP: K. Quackenbush||0||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: K. Jansen||1|
|Oakland - LP: J. Chavez||2||FINAL|
|Seattle - WP: H. Iwakuma||6|
|Red Bull New York||4|
|Sporting Kansas City||2||FINAL|
|Real Salt Lake||0||FINAL|