It takes special circumstances for a team to be 40-0-0, but the team they're playing against is Goliath. These are such circumstances.
The Boston College women's hockey team survived and advanced past #5 Clarkson on Friday to qualify for their first ever national championship game. If Alex Carpenter, Haley Skarupa and company are going to get to the promised land and and put a star on the back of their jerseys, they're going to need to do it by toppling the King Kong of women's hockey, the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The Gophers, the defending national champions, are appearing in their fourth straight national final after edging arch rival Wisconsin in OT on Friday. Bolstered by the return of superstar Amanda Kessel, Minnesota has no reason to fear being the "lower seed."
Will BC complete a magical season, or will Minnesota trip them up? It's time to find out. The game we've anticipated all year is here.
#1 Boston College Eagles [40-0-0] vs. #3 Minnesota Golden Gophers [34-4-1]
Whittemore Center, Durham, N.H. Home of the UNH Wildcats. Ticket link
All three games of this weekend's Women's Frozen Four will be streamed live via NCAA.com. Link here.
This game will actually be televised in its entirety on tape delay next week on CBS (yes, CBS national, your local, over-the-air CBS affiliate, not CBS Sports) NEXT Sunday at 2 PM, because apparently it's 1971 and showing sporting events a week late is a thing we do. Alright.
Game Date: Sunday, March 20, 2016
Game Time: Faceoff is at 2:00 PM.
Radio Info: The Boston College IMG Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on 1120 AM WBNW, with play by play by veteran BC hockey announcer Tom Grace. The radio broadcast will also stream on BCEagles.TV and the TuneIn Radio App (search Boston College Radio Network).
Storyline: What else is there to say? It's the Eagles and the Gophers with the national title on the line. This should be a high-octane, fun affair, though maybe a bit too stressful if you're a fan of one of the teams involved. The WCHA has won 14 of 15 all-time NCAA women's hockey titles, while Hockey East is looking for its first. Can BC be the ones to do it?
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Let's go Eagles! Bring home the crown!!!!