Women's Ice Hockey
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After falling just short of claiming a national championship, the Crimson women's hockey team must look forward to what appears to be a bright future.
“What’s next?” is a question applicable far outside the land of Bartlet and Toby and C.J. and Sam and Josh and Leo. It’s one I asked myself after the end of the Harvard women’s ice hockey team’s loss to Minnesota, 4-1, in the title game of the NCAA tournament on Sunday afternoon in Minneapolis.
The Crimson takes on top-ranked Minnesota, the host of the NCAA Frozen Four, Sunday afternoon with a national championship on the line.
Harvard and top-seeded Minnesota face off in the 2015 NCAA championship game. The Crimson face a Gophers squad that has won two of the past three national titles.
It’s March in Minneapolis, and for fans of the Minnesota women’s ice hockey team, this month has a single meaning: championship time.
The Harvard women's ice hockey team faces off against Minnesota at the Ridder Arena Minneapolis for the NCAA championship.
Predictably so with the Frozen Four being hosted by Minnesota, a Gopher-friendly crowd has filed into Ridder Arena for the final between Harvard and top-seeded Minnesota.
When Harvard meets Minnesota for the national championship, the game will mean more than clash of two highly talented teams. It will also symbolize the clash of two hockey cultures.
The packed crowd in Ridder Arena clearly favored host-Minnesota on Sunday afternoon, with yellow and red jerseys littering the stands.
For the third time in 11 years, the Minnesota women's ice hockey team denied Harvard the NCAA title, defeating the Crimson, 4-1, on the Gophers' home ice.
Harvard junior forward Miye D'Oench takes her first—and only—shot of the day on Minnesota goalie Amanda Leveille. The Crimson was outshot in each of the three periods of play.
Crimson freshman forward Lexie Laing prepares to fight for the puck drop on a face-off. Harvard fell to Minnesota, 4-1, in the final of the NCAA Frozen Four.
Seven penalties—including five in a physical first period—were called by the officiating crew on Sunday afternoon. Despite receiving three power play opportunities, the Crimson was unable to capitalize.
For the third time in 11 years, the Minnesota women's ice hockey team denied Harvard the NCAA title, defeating the Crimson, 4-1.
Harvard coach Katey Stone suggested that her team's eight-goal loss to BC was one of the best things that could have happened to her team—a statement that held true on Friday as the Crimson upended the Eagles in the NCAA semifinals to advance to the national title game.