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NCAA Women's Hockey Tournament Bracket Announced

Eight teams remain in the hunt for the 2014 women's hockey championship.

Minnesota after winning the 2012 Frozen Four
Minnesota after winning the 2012 Frozen Four
Hannah Foslien

The eight teams in women's college hockey that have a chance for the national championship are now known.

Minnesota, Cornell, Clarkson, Wisconsin, Boston University, Harvard, Boston College and Mercyhurst were selected Sunday for the 2014 NCAA Women's Hockey Tournament. Three - Minnesota (WCHA), Cornell (ECAC) and Boston University (Hockey East) - earned berths by winning conference tournaments. Everyone else is an at-large bid.

The top four teams are seeded and will host single-elimination quarterfinal games on campus March 15 with the winners advancing to the Frozen Four March 21 & 23 in Hamden, Connecticut (hosted by Quinnipiac).

This year's quarterfinals include  a rematch of the 2013 championship game between the two-time defending champion Golden Gophers and three-time Hockey East tournament champion Terriers (a 6-3 win for Minnesota). It's one of only two East-West match-ups. This year's field is heavily slanted with Eastern schools as only Minnesota and Wisconsin are outside the Northeast.

Despite the low number of Western teams, no one besides Minnesota-Duluth (2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010) Minnesota (2004, 2005, 2012, 2013) and Wisconsin (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011) has won the championship since the NCAA began sponsoring a women's hockey championship in 2000-2001.

The entire bracket is below.

2014 NCAA Women's College Hockey Tournament

Quarterfinals (Cornell/Mercyhurst winner will face the Clarkson/BC winner in the semis, etc.)

#1 Minnesota vs. Boston University (4 p.m. CT Saturday, March 15)

#4 Wisconsin vs. Harvard (7 p.m. CT Saturday March 15)

#2 Cornell vs. Mercyhurst (Time TBD Saturday March 15)

#3 Clarkson vs. Boston College (Time TBD Saturday March 15)


Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation. You can also follow him on Twitter --