5 p.m.: Gophers vs. Wisconsin
8 p.m.: Boston College vs. Harvard
3 p.m.: Title game
Watch: The games won’t be televised but will be streamed live on NCAA.com. Gophers games can be heard on 105.1-FM
GOPHERS VS. WISCONSIN
Minnesota (32-3-4): The top-seeded Gophers beat RIT 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Hannah Brandt (32 goals, 38 assists) ranks third in the nation in scoring. Junior goaltender Amanda Leveille has the fourth-best goals-against average (1.19). Minnesota has won five national titles, the last one in 2013. The Gophers are 15-0-2 in their past 17 games against Wisconsin, including a 5-3 victory in last year’s NCAA semifinals. Minnesota also defeated Wisconsin 4-2 in the 2012 NCAA championship game. Minnesota has the nation’s top power play (31.3 percent success rate), but Wisconsin leads the nation in penalty kills (96. 6 percent).
Wisconsin (29-6-4): The series against Minnesota has been lopsided of late, but it includes a 2-1 overtime loss for Wisconsin in October and a 1-1 tie in January. After Bemidji State upset Minnesota 1-0 in the WCHA semifinals, Wisconsin beat Bemidji State 4-0 for the tournament championship. Throw in a 5-1 victory over Boston University in the NCAA quarterfinals, and the Badgers have outscored teams 22-4 this postseason. Freshman Annie Pankowski scored twice in the win over BU. Sophomore goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens ranks second in the nation with 14 shutouts this year. Wisconsin has four NCAA titles, the last in 2011.
BOSTON COLLEGE VS. HARVARD
Boston College (34-2-2): Eagles junior Alex Carpenter is the favorite to win the Patty Kazmaier Award, given to the nation’s top player in women’s hockey. Carpenter is one of three finalists heading into Saturday’s ceremony, along with Brandt and Boston University’s Marie Philip-Poulin. Carpenter leads the nation in scoring with 81 points (37 goals and 44 assists). The Eagles lead the nation in scoring (5.11 goals per game) and are tied for second in scoring defense (1.18 goals per game).
Harvard (26-5-3): The Crimson is making its sixth Frozen Four appearance but first since 2008. Harvard’s coach is Katey Stone, who guided Team USA to a silver medal last year at the Olympics. Three Harvard players were on that Olympic team — Josephine Pucci, Michelle Picard and Lyndsey Fry. Boston College clobbered Harvard 10-2 on Nov. 28, but when the teams met on Feb. 10, Harvard won 3-2 in the Beanpot championship, ending the Eagles’ 28-game unbeaten streak. Eden Prairie native Hillary Crowe (Blake) has 10 goals for Harvard this year. Samantha Reber (Edina) leads the team with 25 assists.