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Boston College vs Clarkson! Wisconsin vs Minnesota!

If Clarkson sees this, they're going to have a long Friday.
If Clarkson sees this, they're going to have a long Friday.
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No. 1 Boston College Eagles vs. No. 5 Clarkson Golden Knights

Basics

  • When: March 18th, 4pm
  • Where: UNH Arena
  • Watch: In person at UNH, or Watch Online

Preview

Boston College looks to complete its revenge tour with an unblemished record.  Next up for the Eagles is the Clarkson Golden Knights.  The teams have met in each of the last two post seasons, but have not played this season.

Two years ago, the quarterfinal game was played at Clarkson.  The Golden Knights were able to ride Patty Kazmeier winner Jamie Lee Rattray to a 3-1 victory.  Clarkson then continued on to Hamden and a National Championship, the first for a team not in the WCHA.  The next year the Eagles were able to get revenge in Chestnut Hill by a 5-1 score.  The Eagles would then go on to lose in the NCAA semifinals, only their third loss of the season.

The Eagles are still led by the nation’s best offense. Clarkson’s attack, while nothing to sneeze at, at 6th is scoring at a pace almost two goals less per game.  Their leading scorer is Cayley Mercer, who follows in her sister Carly’s footsteps at Clarkson.

The Golden Knights are much better team on defense, though still allow slightly more goals per game.  If there is going to be an upset though this is where Clarkson will have to really stand up.

The goalies Katie Burt and Shea Tiley are pretty evenly matched numbers wise.  Though arguments can be made that Burt has had the easier go with her team consistently jumping out to large leads.  Last time Tiley faced the Eagles, though, she let up four goals, something she clearly can’t afford to do again.

Prediction

This time my head and heart seem to be in agreement.  The Eagles have never won a Frozen Four game, and Clarkson has never lost one, but all signs point to a big Eagles win.  The offense is way too powerful, the defense too stout, and Burt seems to have it figured out.  Clarkson won’t make this easy but the Eagles will finally get their date with destiny against either Wisconsin or Minnesota. BC Wins 4-1

No. 2 Wisconsin Badgers vs. No. 3 Minnesota Badgers

Basics

  • When: March 18th, 7pm
  • Where: UNH Arena
  • Watch: In person at UNH, or Watch Online

Preview

This is the sixth meeting between these two teams.  Each team swept the regular season series on home ice. They met again in the WCHA finals where Wisconsin’s Patty Kazmeier finalist Anne-Renee Desbiens stole the show with her fourth straight shutout.  Desbiens would add another shutout in her NCAA Quarterfinal matchup against Mercyhurst.  The Gophers also rolled over Princeton on their way to this game.

This game will come down to whether Desbiens can continue her streak or Minnesota’s late season addition of Amanda Kessel can carry them over the top.  Kessel had retired previously due to concussion issues but was able to get healthy enough to return for the second half of the season.  She has scored n all but three of the 11 games she has played this season averaging 1.36 points per game.  However, two of those games where she was kept off the score sheet were against these Badgers.

Prediction

While it would be nice to see the only team who has ever actually had a perfect season be the last team to face the Eagles, I think Desbiens is too strong.  She doesn’t get the shut out but the Badgers have just enough to move on. Wisconsin Wins, 2-1

The winners of each game will face each other in the National Championship Game at UNH at 2pm on Sunday!