Badgers to host Syracuse in NCAA quarterfinal

The Wisconsin women's hockey team earned the top seed in the 2019 NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship and will host Syracuse in a tournament quarterfinal contest Saturday at LaBahn Arena.

Puck drop between UW, the WCHA tournament champion, and Syracuse, the CHA tournament winner, is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for the quarterfinal will go on sale Monday, March 11 starting at 8:30 a.m. CT at UWBadgers.com

This weekend's tournament tilt marks the third time this year UW and Syracuse will meet at LaBahn Arena as the Badgers hosted the Orange Dec. 1-2. UW won the series opener, 6-1, before clinching the series with a 9-1 triumph. UW leads the all-time series 6-0-0.

"We're really fortunate to be able to play our NCAA quarterfinal game at LaBahn Arena," senior co-captain Sophia Shaver said. "We have the best fans that bring the most electric energy. They make us want to win for them."

The Badgers, who have the country's best record of 32-4-2, enter the quarterfinal looking to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four for the sixth-straight year. UW is led by Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award Top-Three Finalist Annie Pankowski, who leads UW with 45 points thanks to 23 goals and 22 assists and junior Abby Roque, who has 40 points, one shy of her career high set last season. UW's defense has been stellar this year, allowing opponents an average of just 1.13 goals per game.

Syracuse is making its first NCAA tournament appearance after winning the 2019 CHA Tournament, winning three games in three days to claim its first conference title. Syracuse defeated Robert Morris, 6-2, in the CHA championship game after defeating Mercyhurst and Lindenwood earlier in the tournament. The Orange are led by Allie Munroe, who has a team-best 27 points this year.

Streaming information will be announced later this week. In the Madison area, the game can be heard on 100.9 FM.