INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Committee has announced the eight teams selected for the 2017 NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championship. Of the eight teams in the championship field, five of the teams received automatic qualification berths as winners of their conference championship. One institution was selected from Pool B, which includes independent institutions and institutions from conferences that do not meet the automatic qualification criteria. Two institutions were selected from Pool C, which consists of institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that were not the conference champion and independent institutions that were not selected for the Pool B berth.
Conferences and teams receiving automatic qualification:
|ECAC DIII Women’s West Hockey League||Plattsburgh State University of New York|
|Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference||University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)|
|New England Hockey Conference||Norwich University|
|New England Small College Athletic Conference||Middlebury College|
|Women's Northern Collegiate Hockey Association||Adrian College|
The institution selected from Pool B was the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and the two institutions selected from Pool C were Elmira College and Gustavus Adolphus College.
Four first-round games will be played at campus sites March 10 or 11. Dates and times for these games will be announced later Monday. The host for the championship finals will be confirmed Saturday night, March 11, after the conclusion of the first-round games. The finals site will be in the West region this year. The highest-seeded team in the West region advancing from first rounds will host the semifinals March 17 and the third-place game and championship game March 18. For more information, including live webcasting of the semifinals, third-place game and finals, visit ncaa.com.
In 2016, Plattsburgh State defeated Wisconsin-River Falls 5-1 in Plattsburgh, New York to win its third consecutive and fifth overall NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Championship title.