Womens Division 1 college hockey returns to Kettler Capitals Iceplex this weekend when the “D1 in DC” NCAA Women’s College Ice Hockey Tournament kicks off Friday afternoon. The four-team, round robin tournament includes teams from Boston University, Minnesota State-Mankato, Northeastern University and the University of Wisconsin.
Friday November 24, 2017
- Boston University vs. Minnesota State-Mankato 1:00PM
- Northeastern University vs. University of Wisconsin 4:00PM
Saturday November 25, 2017
- University of Wisconsin vs. Boston University 1:00PM
- Minnesota State-Mankato vs. Northeastern University 4:00PM
Tickets for the tournament can be purchased here.
This is the second “D1 in DC”. There was an event of that name hosted by the Washington Pride in January, when St. Lawrence and Mercyhurst played a two-game series at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
According to Kush Sidhu, the Hockey Director and U19 Head Coach of the Pride, the idea for a four-team tournament has been brewing for almost eight or nine years, but it was not until BU’s head coach Brian Durocher went down to DC, for a Frozen Four featuring the BU men’s hockey team, that it started to come together.
“We met at a coaching conference in Naples, FL, where a lot of teams are trying to fill their schedules. Bruce [Durocher] wanted to do some women’s games in DC. I said, if you want to do it, let’s do it.”
They were able to get the other three teams on board and are now hosting their first four-team tournament.
The top-ranked University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 3-2 to Northeastern on Friday afternoon in its first game of the D1 in D.C. tournament. UW outshot the Huskies 41-18, including a 32-8 advantage in the final 40 minutes, but it wasn’t enough to thwart their first loss of the season. Game recap here.
In the first game of the day, Boston University beat Minnesota State-Mankato 5-2. Senior Victoria Bach notched her second hat trick in three games to help lead the Boston University women’s ice hockey team to victory. Game recap here.
By Jon Sorensen