INDIANAPOLIS — The National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey Committee announced today the field of eight teams which will compete for the 18th National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey Championship. Quarterfinal competition will be conducted on the campuses of the participating institutions, while the 2018 Women’s Frozen Four will be hosted by the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, March 16 and 18, at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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 2018 tournament. The remaining four teams were selected at-large. The automatic qualifying conferences and their representatives are College Hockey America, Mercyhurst University; ECAC Hockey, Clarkson University; Hockey East Association, Northeastern University; and Western Collegiate Hockey Association, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Boston College, Colgate University, The Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, were selected as at-large teams.
The quarterfinals will be played Saturday, March 10 with two teams competing at each of the four quarterfinal sites. The winning team from each quarterfinal will advance to the 2018 Women’s Frozen Four.
Clarkson enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed and will host Mercyhurst. Wisconsin, the No. 2 seed, will host Minnesota. Colgate enters the tournament as the No. 3 seed, and will host Northeastern. Boston College, the No. 4 seed, will host Ohio State. All game times will be updated and posted on NCAA.com.
The semifinal games will be broadcast LIVE on the Big Ten Network at 5 and 8 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, March 16. The national championship game will take place at 3 p.m. Eastern time, Sunday, March 18 and will also be broadcast LIVE on the Big Ten Network.
For more information regarding the National Collegiate Women’s Ice Hockey Championship, log on to NCAA.com.