March 9, 2009

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The NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Committee has announced the seven teams selected for the 2009 NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championship.  Of the seven teams selected, five of the teams received automatic qualification berths as winners of their conference championship.  Two institutions were selected from Pool C, which consists of institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that were not the conference champion and one independent institution.

Conferences and teams receiving automatic qualification:

ECAC Division III Women’s East Hockey League    Norwich University   
ECAC Division III Women’s West Hockey League    Elmira College
Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference    Gustavus Adolphus
New England Small College Athletic Conference    Middlebury College
Northern Collegiate Hockey Association    University of Wisconsin, River Falls

Three first-round games will be played at campus sites March 13, 14 or 15.  Dates and times for these games will be announced Tuesday.  The four remaining teams will play in the semifinals March 20 at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.  The finals and third-place game will be held March 21.  The semifinals, third-place game and finals will be available for broadband viewing online. Go to www.ncaa.com for more information.

Highlights of the NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championship will be shown on CBS at 1 p.m. Eastern time, Saturday, May 2.  “CBS Sports Presents Championships of the NCAA” 

will feature highlights of 17 different NCAA championships, each taking place during the winter season.

The Plattsburgh Cardinals successfully defended their title last year, defeating the Manhattanville Valiants, 3-2, on the Cardinals’ home ice.  The Cardinals scored first on a power play with Manhattanville answering 61 seconds later with a man-advantage goal of its own.  After first-period goals from Danielle Blanchard and Amber Ellis, the Cardinals were up, 3-1.  The Valiants pulled to within a goal in the second period, and the team nearly tied the score late in the third period.  Before the night was over, Manhattanville goaltender Karine Turmel set a Division III championships game record for saves with 33 – 17 in the first period alone.