After a thrilling round of regionals, the 2023 Women’s Frozen Four field is officially set.
Minnesota, Northeastern, Ohio State and Wisconsin advanced to Duluth, Minnesota with quarterfinal wins on Saturday.
The defending national champion Buckeyes, the top seed, came back for a 5-2 victory over Quinnipiac, who beat Penn State, 3-2, in a marathon first-round triple overtime contest. Against the Bobcats, OSU fell 1-0 late in the first period, but a big end in the second got them back on track, courtesy of Gabby Rosenthal and Lauren Bernard. Sophie Jaques added a pair in the third as the Bucks were on cruise control.
Meanwhile, No. 5 Northeastern picked up a 4-1 win over No. 4 Yale. The first line composed of Chloé Aurard (1g, 1a), Alina Müller (1g, 1a) and Maureen Murphy (1g, 1a) stood out, doing all their damage in the third period. Gwyneth Philips held firm in front of goal, making 38 saves.
In Hamilton, Wisconsin knocked out No. 3 Colgate, 4-2, after winning big in the first round against LIU, 9-1. Casey O’Brien led the way with a goal and an assist, and third-period goals from Vivian Jungels and Laila Edwards provided essential insurance.
As for the No. 2 Gophers, they picked up a 3-0 win over interstate rival Minnesota Duluth, hosts to this year’s Frozen Four. It took until midway through the second half for someone to break the deadlock when Madeline Wethington (1g, 1a) opened the scoring. Abbey Murphy and Catie Skaja added more cushion in the third. Skylar Vetter kept a clean sheet with 30 saves.
The Frozen Four will take place at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth. The two national semi-finals will be broadcast on Friday, March 17. The first semifinal game will air on ESPN+ at 3:30 p.m. EST, and the second semifinal game will also air on ESPN+ at 7 p.m. EST.
The Patty Kazmaier Awards Ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. at AMSOIL Arena. Fans are encouraged to attend, and it will also air on NHL Network.
The national championship game takes place at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 19 on ESPNU.
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