MADISON, Wis. – After posting a 31-4-2 record through 37 games, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has earned the No. 1 seed in the 2012 NCAA tournament and will host Mercyhurst in the quarterfinals on Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center.
“(Minnesota State) played (Mercyhurst) earlier in the year, they’ve had a good season and have a bunch of quality wins, so the job for the next three or four days is to figure out what type of style they play, who are their key people” head coach Mark Johnson commented on the selection. “One thing we do know is that each team in the bracket has a chance to win. Everyone has a quality group and a quality team, that’s what makes it fun though.”
After winning the College Hockey America regular-season championship, Mercyhurst is coming off a loss to Robert Morris in the CHA tournament final. Against common opponents this season, Mercyhurst went 5-1-0, splitting with Minnesota State and winning four against Lindenwood. The Lakers went 4-3-0 against teams that made the selection for this year’s NCAA tournament.
Wisconsin and Mercyhurst have met in the NCAA tournament twice before, the last time being in the 2009 national championship game, as the Badgers went on to post a 5-0 victory against the Lakers. Outside of postseason play, the last time the two teams played against each other was in St. Cloud, Minn., at the Easton Holiday Showcase last season. Hilary Knight and Brooke Ammerman combined for four goals in a 7-4 win over Mercyhurst.
“We’ll end up playing the game Saturday and so that becomes the focus,” Johnson said. “After (the WCHA) playoffs are over with, whether you’ve been successful or not, we’re fortunate enough, as I told the team after our game on Friday night in Duluth, that we had a strong enough season to get another game and that becomes our focus. You can’t worry about what’s in the other brackets. Right now it comes to one game and one of us is going to move on.”
Ticket sales will begin Monday, March 5, 1t 8:30 a.m., and can be purchased online at UWBadgers.com, over the phone at 1.800.GO.BADGERS, or in person at the Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office in Kellner Hall.
On game day, tickets will go on-sale 90 minutes prior to face-off at the Kohl center. Season tickets, promotional coupons, sports passes or red cards are not valid for admission to NCAA tournament games. All tickets are general admission. All fans will need a ticket for admission regardless of age.
The winner of Saturday’s game will advance to the 2012 Women’s Frozen Four, which will be held at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, Minn., March, 16 and 18.