Frozen Four Preview: BC Faces Off Against Minnesota
March 21, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Boston College women’s hockey team (27-6-3, 17-2-2 WHEA) attempts to advance to its first national title game on Friday as they will take on #1 Minnesota (39-0-0, 28-0-0 WCHA) at Ridder Arena. The Eagles claimed their lone win in the all-time series between the two teams with a 4-1 win in the 2011 NCAA Quarterfinals at Kelley Rink.
BC improved to 3-0 all-time when hosting an NCAA Quarterfinal last weekend in a 3-1 triumph over #5 Harvard. Haley Skarupa, Caitlin Walsh, and Alex Carpenter tallied the goals for the Eagles while Corinne Boyles turned aside 30 of 31 Crimson shots to improve to 22-4-1 this season. The win secured BC’s third consecutive Frozen Four appearance and matches them up with a WCHA opponent for the third straight year. The Eagles were eliminated by the Wisconsin Badgers the previous two seasons in the Frozen Four.
The winner on Friday will advance to the national championship game on Sunday against either Mercyhurst or Boston University.
BC IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
This is the fifth tournament appearance for the Eagles – earning berths in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. BC holds a 4-4 overall record in NCAA tournament play but has dropped all three Frozen Four games played in team history.
THE LAST TIME BETWEEN THE TEAMS
March 12, 2011 – Boston College 4, Minnesota 1 (Box Score)
SCOUTING THE GOPHERS
Minnesota enters Friday’s game undefeated in 2012-13 and winners of 47 consecutive games dating back to last season. Amanda Kessel is the player to watch for the Gophers as she carries a NCAA best 44 goals and 53 assists this season. Goaltender Noora Raty has posted a 0.88 GAA and .957 save percentage over 36 games this season. Kessel, Raty, and defenseman Megan Bozak (20-35-55) are this year’s Top-3 Patty Kazmaier Award Finalists.
Friday’s game will be streamed live on NCAA.com beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET.