#3 Northeastern vs #6 Cornell
- #3 Northeastern earned just its third bid in program history into the National Quarterfinals with a 27-5-5 record on the season and laying claim to its second straight Hockey East Tournament crown. When the Huskies welcome Cornell on Saturday, it will mark the first time that they have claimed home ice advantage in the national tournament.
- The Huskies have already earned two trophies this season, claiming the WHEA regular season crown for the first time since 2011-12 and earning their second consecutive Women's Hockey East Tournament title on Sunday afternoon in a thrilling 3-2 overtime win over Boston College.
- Head Coach Dave Flint, freshman Alina Mueller (Winterthur, Switzerland) and Aerin Frankel (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) all picked up major awards at the Hockey East year-end banquet, earning Coach of the Year, Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Year and Best Western Windjammer Goaltender of the Year honors, respectively.
- Northeastern looks to advance to the Frozen Four for the first time in program history after being knocked out during the quarterfinal round in their previous two appearances.
- Cornell (23-5-6) earned a bid to the national tournament for the seventh time in program history after being crowned ECAC Hockey regular season champions and making it to the ECAC Hockey title game. The two teams have not faced off against one another since the 2013-14 season, when Cornell swept Northeastern in a two-game home stand.
#5 Boston College at #4 Clarkson
- Boston College will head to the national quarterfinals for the ninth consecutive year and 11th time overall after posting a 26-11-1 record this season. The Eagles have earned a fifth seed and will hit the road for the National Quarterfinals to take on two-time defending national champion #4 Clarkson on Saturday afternoon at Cheel Arena.
- The Eagles hope to make their eighth trip to the Frozen Four and their fourth in the past five years. Katie Crowley's squad has advanced on to the national championship game on one occasion, falling to Minnesota, 3-1, in 2016.
- Megan Keller (Farmington Hills, Mich.) took home the highest individual award at the Hockey East awards banquet on Friday night. The defenseman was awarded the Cammi Granato Award for the second time in her career as the league's best player. The senior has recorded 43 points (19g, 24a) on the year.
- Clarkson (29-7-2) heads into this weekend's quarterfinal meeting after winning their third straight ECAC Hockey tournament championship with a 4-1 victory over Cornell. The Golden Knights have captured the national championship title in each of the past two years.
- The last time that these two teams met on the national stage was in the semifinals of the 2016 Frozen Four. The Eagles defeated the Golden Knights, 3-2, in overtime to advance on to their first appearance in the title game.