2018 NCAA National Collegiate women's ice hockey tournament

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2018 NCAA Women's National Collegiate
ice hockey tournament
2018 Women's Frozen Four logo
Teams8
Finals site
ChampionsClarkson Golden Knights (3rd title)
Runner-upColgate Raiders (1st title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachMatt Desrosiers (3rd title)
MOPShea Tiley (Clarkson)
Attendance6,361

The 2018 NCAA National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Tournament involves eight schools in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of women's NCAA Division I college ice hockey. The quarterfinals will be played at the campuses of the seeded teams on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The Frozen Four will be played on March 16 and 18, 2018 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The University of Minnesota will host the tournament. This will be the fourth time that Ridder Arena will host the Frozen Four and the sixth time it has been played in Minneapolis. This will be the second year that the Big Ten Network will air the Championship Game live and the first year the semifinals will be aired live on BTN.

Qualifying teams[edit]

In the fourth year under this qualification format, the winners of all four Division I conference tournaments received automatic berths to the NCAA tournament. The other four teams were selected at-large. The top four teams were then seeded and received home ice for the quarterfinals.[1]

Seed School Conference Record Berth type Appearance Last bid
1 Clarkson ECAC 33–4–1 Tournament champion 7th 2017
2 Wisconsin WCHA 30–4–2 At-large bid 12th 2017
3 Colgate ECAC 32–5–1 At-large bid 1st Never
4 Boston College Hockey East 30–4–3 At-large bid 10th 2017
Minnesota WCHA 24–10–3 Tournament champion 16th 2017
Ohio State WCHA 23–10–4 At-large bid 1st Never
Northeastern Hockey East 19–16–3 Tournament champion 2nd 2016
Mercyhurst CHA 18–14–4 Tournament champion 12th 2016

Bracket[edit]

[2]
Quarterfinals held at home sites of seeded teams

National Quarterfinals
March 10
National Semifinals
March 16
National Championship
March 18
         
1 Clarkson 2*
Mercyhurst 1
1 Clarkson 1*
Ohio State 0
4 Boston College 0
Ohio State 2
1 Clarkson 2*
3 Colgate 1
2 Wisconsin 4
Minnesota 0
2 Wisconsin 3
3 Colgate 4**
3 Colgate 3
Northeastern 1

Championship Game Officials: Referee Scott Roth, Shane Paskey Linesmen: Mike Mueller, Glendon Seal

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

Results[edit]

National Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) Clarkson vs. Mercyhurst[edit]

March 10 Mercyhurst 1 – 2 OT Clarkson Cheel Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
19:39 – Brooke Hartwick – (Molly Blasen, Emma Nuutinen) Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period 5:30 – Michaela Pejzlova(Savannah Harmon, Loren Gabel)
No scoring First overtime period 16:52 – Elizabeth Giguere(Michaela Pejzlova, Savannah Harmon)
Kennedy Blair (30 saves / 32 shots) Goalie stats Shea Tiley (27 saves / 28 shots)


(4) Boston College vs. Ohio State[edit]

March 10 Ohio State 2 – 0 Boston College Conte Forum Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
10:12 – Lauren Boyle – (Julianna Iafallo, Dani Sadek) Second period No scoring
15:43 – Maddy Field – (Julianna Iafallo) Third period No scoring
Kassidy Sauvé (38 saves / 38 shots) Goalie stats Katie Burt (39 saves / 41 shots)


(2) Wisconsin vs. Minnesota[edit]

March 10 Minnesota 0 – 4 Wisconsin LaBahn Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 10:08 – Presley Norby
No scoring Second period 6:20 – Abby Roque(Maddie Rowe, Baylee Wellhausen)
6:39 – Abby Roque
No scoring Third period 18:09 – Claudia Kepler – (Abby Roque, Sam Cogan)
Sidney Peters (35 saves / 39 shots) Goalie stats Kristen Campbell (12 saves / 12 shots)


(3) Colgate vs. Northeastern[edit]

March 10 Northeastern 1 – 3 Colgate Class of 1965 Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
11:24 – Andrea Renner – (Lauren Kelly, Maddie Hartman) Second period 9:07 – Breanne Wilson Bennett– (Olivia Zafuto, Jessie Eldridge)
No scoring Third period 1:37 – Olivia Zafuto – (Shelby Perry)
19:10 – Bailey Larson
Aerin Frankel (33 saves / 36 shots) Goalie stats Julia Vandyk (23 saves / 24 shots)


National Semifinals[edit]

(1) Clarkson vs. Ohio State[edit]

March 16 Ohio State 0 – 1 OT Clarkson Ridder Arena Recap  
No scoring First period No scoring
No scoring Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 16:12 – Loren Gabel(Michaela Pejzlova, Elizabeth Giguere)
Kassidy Sauvé (33 saves / 34 shots) Goalie stats Shea Tiley (41 saves / 41 shots)


(2) Wisconsin vs. (3) Colgate[edit]

March 16 Colgate 4 – 3 2OT Wisconsin Ridder Arena Recap  
16:43 – Breanne Wilson-Bennett – (Olivia Zafuto, Megan Sullivan) First period No scoring
19:30 – Breanne Wilson-Bennett – (Megan Sullivan, Jessie Eldridge) Second period 6:22 – Baylee Wellhausen– (Abby Roque)
14:13 – Jessie Eldridge– (Breanne Wilson-Bennett, Olivia Zafuto) Third period 6:37 – Claudia Kepler– (Maddie Rolfes, Sam Cogan) 16:36 – Mekenzie Steffen – (Grace Bowlby, Presley Norby)
16:03 – Breanne Wilson-Bennett – (Shelby Perry, Lauren Wildfang) Second overtime period No scoring
Julia Vandyk (45 saves / 48 shots) Goalie stats Kristen Campbell (20 saves / 24 shots)


National Championship[edit]

(1) Clarkson vs. (3) Colgate[edit]

March 18 Colgate 1 – 2 OT Clarkson Ridder Arena Recap  
No scoring First period 16:29 – Cassidy Vinkle – (Kelly Mariani)
2:27 – Malia Schneider – (Olivia Zafuto, Breanne Wilson-Bennett) Second period No scoring
No scoring Third period No scoring
No scoring First overtime period 7:55 – Elizabeth Giguere
Julia Vandyk (35 saves / 37 shots) Goalie stats Shea Tiley (27 saves / 28 shots)


Media[edit]

Television[edit]

Big Ten Network televised the semifinals and championship during their multi-year contract to carry the event.[3]

Broadcast assignments[edit]

Women's Frozen Four and Championship

  • Dan Kelly, Sonny Watrous, and Allison Hayes (BTN)

Tournament awards[edit]

All-Tournament Team[edit]

* Most Outstanding Player[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Committee releases eight-team field for national championship tournament". NCAA.com. NCAA. March 5, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "Women's Ice Hockey Bracket". NCAA.com. NCAA. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "College hockey: Women's Frozen Four to air on Big Ten Network". NCAA.com. NCAA. February 9, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "NCAA Women's Frozen Four Records Book" (PDF). NCAA.org. March 19, 2023. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 20, 2023. Retrieved March 19, 2023.