Minnesota has a shot to make it to the NCAA Championship game on Sunday. First, the Gophers have to beat Cornell in their first Frozen Four game since 2017.
The Gophers moved on to the Frozen Four after defeating Princeton 5-2 on Saturday. Minnesota now will play Cornell next Friday for a chance at the national title game.
First baseman Hope Brandner is producing for the Gophers in her first season with Minnesota. After spending the 2018 season with Oregon State, Brandner leads the Gophers with 26 RBIs and has hit six home runs. Her batting average is .343, which is second-best on the team.
No. 2 Minnesota (30-5-1) will face No. 7 Princeton (20-7-5) on Saturday at Ridder Arena in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. The winner will advance to the Frozen Four in Hamden, Connecticut. The Gophers missed out on the Frozen Four in 2018 after losing to Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
No. 2 Wisconsin (32-4-2) defeated No. 1 Minnesota (30-5-1) 3-1 in the 2019 WCHA Final Faceoff championship game. The Badgers avenged their 2018 WCHA Final Faceoff loss, winning their eighth WCHA title and their second in three seasons.
Minnesota is on to the WCHA Final Faceoff championship game against Wisconsin on Sunday. The two teams have an even season series with each other, with two wins apiece.
The heart of the coaching profession is based on the love of the game. For Gophers head coach Brad Frost, his motivation to coach Minnesota is based on more than a passion for hockey.
Center fielder Ellee Jensen relies on her all-around ability on offense and defense, in addition to her distinctive batting style.
For the first time since the 2014-15 season, and for the 10th time in program history, the Gophers are WCHA regular season champions. No. 2 Minnesota (29-4-1, 19-4-1-0) defeated Bemidji State (13-19-2, 10-12-2-0) 6-3 on Friday and 4-3 on Saturday at Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota.