March 14, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – For the second straight season, the Boston College women’s ice hockey team meets Wisconsin at the NCAA Frozen Four. The fourth-ranked Eagles (24-9-3) take on the top-ranked, defending champion Badgers (32-4-2) on Friday, March 16 at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. CT) in AMSOIL Arena, Duluth, Minn. Championship info concerning tickets, streaming and the venue can be found at the ncaa.com.
Boston College is in the midst of its fourth postseason appearance and making its third showing at the Frozen Four. The Eagles are 3-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, while the Badgers, in their seventh dance, are 14-2 in the postseason. UW ended BC’s run in the 2011 semifinal round, 3-2, with a last minute goal, before going on to claim its fourth national title in six seasons.
The 2011 Frozen Four marked the first-ever meeting between the two programs in the NCAA Tournament. Since Boston College became a varsity program in 1994, it stands at 0-4-0 in the all-time series. The Eagles previously held contests with the Badgers in 2000 and 2002, before the national semifinal.
The Eagles advanced with a 6-3 decision over No. 7 St. Lawrence. Boston College went 8-4-2 against ranked teams this season, including a 2-2-0 mark as the lower rated squad. The Eagles averaged 2.97 goals per game and allowed just 2.03, marks that ranked 14th and ninth in the nation. BC’s Hockey East leading power play (.187) is 11th best in the country, while it registered a 81.8 percent penalty kill.
The Badgers used a shorthanded goal in the third period to break a stalemate and put in an empty-netter to outlast No.Mercyhurst, 3-1, to reach Duluth. Wisconsin boasts the nation’s second ranked offense (4.55 GPG) and defense (1.42 GAA). UW possesses the country’s best penalty kill having stopped 124 of 140 (.899) power plays and the fourth best power play (.233).
A pair of freshmen lead Boston College offensively. Hockey East All-Star and All-Rookie Team honoree Alex Carpenter
has produced 38 points on 20 goals and 18 assists so far this season. The North Reading, Mass. product is the first rookie to led BC in scoring since Kelli Stack
did so in 2006-07.
Classmate Emily Field, a Hockey East All-Rookie Team selection, is second on the team in scoring. The Littleton, Mass. product has registered 31 points on 12 goals and 19 assists. Field leads BC with eight power play, third most in a single-season at the Heights, and four game-winning goals, while her plus-19 rating is third best on the squad.
Goalkeeper Corinne Boyles amassed 895 saves this season, second most in school history. In over 2140 minutes, the Wheaton, Ill. native posted a 2.04 goals against average, a .925 save percentage and recorded six shutouts.
Four Badgers have totaled more than 25 goals: Briaana Decker (37-43-80), Brooke Ammerman (32-42-72), Hilary Knight (29-28-57) and Carolyne Prevost (26-30-56). Decker is the 2012 WCHA Player of the Year and a top three Patty Kazmaier Finalist, an award presented annually to the top women’s collegiate player.
Alex Rigsby has played over 2200 minutes in goal for Wisconsin. The WCHA goaltending champion has made 1,001 saves with a .952 save percentage and a 1.35 GAA this year. In 38 games, Rigsby has allowed more than two goals nine times, going 4-3-2 in those contests.
The winner advances to play either No. 2 Minnesota or No. 3 Cornell. The second semifinal is schedule to begin a 9 p.m. (8 p.m. CT). The championship will be played on Sunday, March 18 at 4 p.m. (3 p.m. CT).