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Five Things to Know: Badgers to meet Gophers in NCAA Frozen Four

Five Things to Know: Badgers to meet Gophers in NCAA Frozen Four

MADISON, Wis. For the sixth time this season, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team will face Border Battle rival Minnesota when the Badgers and Golden Gophers meet in the semifinal round of the 2023 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four on Friday night. Puck drop at AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, Minnesota is set for 6 p.m.

The winner will move on to face the victor of Ohio State/Northeastern on Sunday at 3 p.m. CT for the national championship. 

Fans can watch the game live on ESPN+ where Clay Matvick, AJ Mleczko and Badger Hall of Famer Hilary Knight will be on the call. Fans can also listen to the contest on 1310 WIBA AM with Reid Magnum and Mark Greenhalgh broadcasting live from AMSOIL Arena. 

The title game on Sunday airs on ESPNU.

Tickets are available through the NCAA website. Fans are encouraged to attend the Badgers’ pep rally on Friday at 2:30 p.m. at 310 Pub in Duluth and also the team’s Red Carpet Arrival at 4 p.m. on Friday at AMSOIL Arena. More information about those events can be found here. 

1. LAST TIME OUT: UW is coming off an empathic 4-2 win over No. 3 Colgate to earn a spot in the 2023 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four. The Badgers outshot the Raiders 35-15 and found goals from Nicole LaMantia, Casey O’Brien, Vivian Jungels and Laila Edwards to earn their first-ever win against Colgate. Cami Kronish made 13 stops in net to collect her 19th win of the season. 

2. BACK IN THE FROZEN FOUR: The Badgers are making their 14th appearance in the NCAA Women’s Frozen Four, which ranks second in NCAA history behind only Minnesota’s 15 appearances. The Badgers have played in eight of the last nine NCAA Women’s Frozen Fours dating back to the 2014 edition. 

3. WE HAVE HISTORY: Arguably the best rivalry in women’s college hockey, the two Border Battle rivals have combined to win 12 NCAA championships as each program has captured six NCAA crowns. The Badgers and Golden Gophers are no stranger to meeting each other in the NCAA tournament as this marks the seventh time since 2012 that UW and UM have met in the dance. The Badgers have won the last two meetings against the Gophers in the NCAA tournament, including an unforgettable 2-0 win in the 2019 NCAA Championship, securing Wisconsin’s…

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