INDIANAPOLIS -- The National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey Committee announced on Sunday the field of eight teams which will compete for the 15th National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey Championship. Quarterfinal competition will be conducted on the campuses of the participating institutions, while the 2015 Women’s Frozen Four will be hosted by Minnesota, March 20 and 22, at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.
Eight teams are selected for the championship. Of the eight teams, the top four teams are seeded.
Four conferences were awarded automatic bids for the 2015 tournament. The remaining four teams were selected at-large. The automatic qualifying conferences and their representatives are College Hockey America, Rochester Institute of Technology; ECAC Hockey, Harvard; Hockey East Association, Boston University; and Western Collegiate Hockey Association, Wisconsin. Boston College, Clarkson, Minnesota and Quinnipiac, were selected as at-large teams.
The quarterfinals will be played Saturday, March 14 with two teams competing at each of the four quarterfinal sites. The winning team from each quarterfinal will advance to the 2015 Women’s Frozen Four.
Minnesota enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed and will host RIT. Boston College, the No. 2 seed, will host Clarkson. Harvard enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed, and will host Quinnipiac. Wisconsin, the No. 4 seed, will host Boston U. All game times will be updated and posted on NCAA.com.
Semifinal games will be played at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, March 20. The championship game will be played at 4 p.m. Eastern time, Sunday, March 22. All three games will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
Clarkson claimed its first national championship title after defeating Minnesota 5-4 in last year’s championship game.