INDIANAPOLIS---The National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey Committee announced today the field of eight teams which will compete for the 16th National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey Championship. Quarterfinal competition will be conducted on the campuses of the participating institutions, while the 2016 Women’s Frozen Four will be hosted by the University of New Hampshire, March 18 and 20, at the Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, New Hampshire.
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 2016 tournament. The remaining four teams were selected at-large. The automatic qualifying conferences and their representatives are College Hockey America, Mercyhurst University; ECAC Hockey, Quinnipiac University; Hockey East Association, Boston College; and Western Collegiate Hockey Association, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Clarkson University, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Northeastern University and Princeton University, were selected as at-large teams.
The quarterfinals will be played Saturday, March 12 with two teams competing at each of the four quarterfinal sites. The winning team from each quarterfinal will advance to the 2016 Women’s Frozen Four.
Boston College enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed and will host Northeastern. Wisconsin, the No. 2 seed, will host Mercyhurst. Minnesota enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed, and will host Princeton. Quinnipiac, the No. 4 seed, will host Clarkson. All game times will be updated and posted on NCAA.com.
Semifinal games will be played at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, March 18. The championship game will be played at 2 p.m. Eastern time, Sunday, March 20.
Minnesota claimed their third National Championship title in four years and fifth overall after defeating Harvard 4-1 in last year’s championship game.
For more information regarding the National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey Championship, log on to NCAA.com.