WAKEFIELD, Mass. – Hockey East Tournament and regular season champion, Northeastern, and Boston College have earned bids into the 2019 National Collegiate Women's Ice Hockey Tournament, with quarterfinals beginning Friday (March 15).
The No. 3 Huskies (27-5-5, 21-3-3 HEA) earn just their third bid into the National Tournament after claiming the school's second consecutive Women's Hockey East Tournament title Sunday at Schneider Arena in Providence, Rhode Island. It marks the third time that Northeastern has earned a berth in the National Tournament and its second straight trip to the national postseason. The Huskies have secured hosting duties for the first time in the national tournament, drawing a home contest with Cornell. The program has never advanced to the Frozen Four.
Boston College (26-11-1, 19-7-1 HEA) advances into the National Tournament field for the 11th time in program history and it marks the ninth-straight appearance for the Eagles in the national quarterfinals. The Eagles are facing a road contest in the National Tournament for the first time since 2014, traveling to No. 4 Clarkson. All time, Boston College is 6-1 when hosting the quarterfinal round while going just 1-2 on the road. Boston College has moved on to the Frozen Four on seven occasions, including three of the last four seasons, and appeared in the national title game in 2016.
The field is rounded out by No. 1 Wisconsin hosting Syracuse and No. 2 Minnesota welcoming Princeton.
The NCAA quarterfinal round is set to begin on March 15 and the four winners advance to the 2019 Women's Frozen Four hosted by the Quinnipiac University, March 22 & 24. Semifinal games will be played at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday, March 22. The championship game will be played at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 24. All three games can be seen live on the Big Ten Network, while Saturday's Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award ceremony will be shown live on NHL Network beginning at 11:30 a.m.