Just the facts:
- When: Sunday, March 20th, 2pm
- Who: Boston College and Minnesota
- Where: UNH, Durham, NH
- Watch: online at the NCAA site. Turner has purchased the rights to the game but will not be showing it as they have March Madness games on CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV.
Preview: Once perfect against almost perfect.
Tomorrow afternoon, the top seeded and undefeated Boston College Eagles will take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Gophers are the only women’s team in history to finish a perfect season in 2012-2013. Seven members of that team still playing for Minnesota. This includes starting goalie Amanda Leveille and star forwards Amanda Kessel and Hannah Brandt. Kessel is still playing after unretiring from concussion issues.
The Eagles are fresh off their biggest challenge of the season last night against the Clarkson Golden Knights. They trailed 2-0 late into the second period, and were unable to tie until they were under four minutes remaining on the clock. In the overtime it was classic Carpenter and Skarupa that connected inside of a minute to keep them alive.
Minnesota tangled with Wisconsin for a sixth time and earned the season split, in the most important matchup of the year. The gophers also trailed into the third but were rescued by late season addition Kessel tallied a goal 27 seconds in. Then in their overtime Minnesotas super freshman Sarah Potomak won the game with five minutes remaining in the first overtime.
This game will result in tears on both sides regardless of the winner, be they tears of joy or of ‘unfathomable sadness’. It feels like BC is a team of destiny this year but Minnesota has the added motivation of wanting to keep themselves the only perfect team, think of the ’72 Dolphins putting down a bottle of champagne every season. The Eagles have figured out how not to panic when trailing late in big games and that will be the difference. Kessel and Carpenter will make this one hell of a game, but you have to roll with perfection.
Prediction: BC wins 4-3