Ohio State grabs high seed in ladies’s Frozen Four match

Ohio State will defend its ladies’s school hockey title because the No. 1 seed within the 2022-23 Frozen Four match.

The Buckeyes (31-5-2) took high billing throughout Sunday’s choice present forward of their fifth match look in program historical past. Minnesota (29-5-3) grabbed the No. 2 seed, adopted by Colgate (32-5-2) at No. 3, Yale (28-3-1) at No. 4 and Northeastern (33-2-1) at No. 5.

In the single-elimination format, these high 4 seeds will host regional motion from Thursday till Sunday.

The first spherical of regionals will function Quinnipiac (29-9-0) taking over Penn State (27-8-2), Long Island University (20-13-3) towards Wisconsin (25-10-2), and Minnesota Duluth (25-9-3) battling Clarkson (29-10-2), all on Thursday.

Winners will advance to face the primary, second and third general seeds within the second spherical — a regional last — on Saturday or Sunday. Yale and Northeastern will play one another Saturday as effectively.

Four groups will advance out of the regionals to the Frozen Four, happening on the University of Minnesota from March 17-19.

This season is the second time an expanded subject of 11 groups — up from the earlier eight — will compete for a championship. Five colleges (Penn State, Colgate, Northeastern, Long Island University and Minnesota) obtained computerized bids by profitable their convention tournaments, with the remaining six at-large bids (Clarkson, Ohio State, Quinnipiac, Minnesota Duluth, Wisconsin and Yale) decided by the choice committee.

Ohio State would be the favourite once more after defeating Minnesota Duluth 3-2 in final season’s Frozen Four Final. The Buckeyes completed their common season as first-time WCHA regular-season champions, led by star gamers Sophie Jacques and Jennifer Gardiner.

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Minnesota — a six-time nationwide champion — has its personal high skaters, together with Taylor Heise and Grace Zumwinkle, rolling. The Golden Gophers have a deep roster from high to backside, and goaltender Skylar Vetter is having an particularly good season.

Colgate is making their third match look following a troublesome quarterfinal loss to Yale in 2022. The Raiders have a robust assault up entrance helmed by senior ahead Danielle Serdachny and her team-leading 22 targets.

Yale punched its first ticket into the sector final season; it fell within the semifinals to Ohio State. The Bulldogs have been among the many East’s finest and boast a top-notch goaltender in Pia Dukaric.

Northeastern simply received its file 18th Beanpot, topping Boston College 2-1. It was a semifinalist in final yr’s match and has two gamers — Alina Mueller and Gwyneth Philips — who had been top-10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.

Wisconsin and Minnesota Duluth will not have a bye into semifinal motion, however each packages have lengthy histories of success. The Badgers are six-time nationwide champions, and the Bulldogs have earned 5 titles. Count on each groups to be formidable opponents in regional play.