No. 1 nationally-ranked BC will host fellow Hockey East school and sixth-ranked Northeastern, while seventh-ranked
will travel to No. 3 Minnesota. Fifth-seeded Clarkson, the 2014 NCAA champion,
will visit No. 4 Quinnipiac, while College Hockey America champion Mercyhurst
will travel to four-time NCAA champion and second-ranked Wisconsin.
BC is 38-0-0 overall this season and just won the Hockey East championship with a 5-1 victory over Green Line rival
after the Eagles posted a 24-0-0 mark in league regular-season play.
Northeastern (28-8-1) is making its first national tournament appearance since
the NCAA began recognizing a women’s Division I championship in 2004, although the
Huskies were long an eastern powerhouse along with Boston University Providence
and New Hampshire
prior to the formation of the Women’s Hockey East Association and the formally-recognized
NCAA Division I level.
Princeton (22-8-2) will visit
Minnesota (32-4-1) for the second time in 10
years in NCAA Tournament play. The Tigers fell to the host Gophers, 4-0, in 2006 in their only
previous national invitation. Minnesota,
the defending national champion, is playing in its eighth straight national
tournament, and has won three of the last four NCAA titles, and six overall.
Clarkson (29-4-5) is in the NCAAs for the fourth straight season, while Quinnipiac (30-2-5) is making its inaugural NCAA Tournament appearance. The game will be a rematch of this year’s ECAC Championship, which was won by Quinnipiac’s Bobcats, 1-0, over the Golden Knights.
Mercyhurst (19-10-5), which edged
Syracuse, 4-3, in overtime in the CHA championship
game, is back in the NCAAs for the first time since 2014, and the 10th time in
11 seasons despite the Lakers posting their lowest single-season victory total
since 2000-01. Wisconsin, which has finished
third nationally the past two seasons, last won a national title in 2011, which
was two years after the Badgers defeated the Lakers in the NCAA title game in Boston. Wisconsin
also blanked Minnesota,
1-0, in this year’s WCHA championship game.