Gophers Women’s Hockey hungry for NCAA Tournament opener Saturday

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The Gophers women’s hockey team will have to play the waiting game to see who they’ll face on Saturday afternoon at Ridder Arena. First up is No. 9 Harvard taking on No. 8 Minnesota-Duluth on Thursday for the right to face the Gophers.

Gophers coach Brad Frost’s team is chomping at the bit just to take the ice.

“Our team is a motivated group and is ready to go on Saturday. They’re hungry, I know whoever we play our team will bring the intensity,” said Frost.

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“We don’t care who we play. We just want to get out there and take care of business,” said Taylor Heise, Gophers senior forward.

Heise added: “We’re just happy not to be playing on Thursday. We’ll take some time to rest and bond with one another before we take the ice on Saturday.”

The Gophers are 29-8-1 on the season and are the NCAA No. 2 overall seed. The winner of Saturday’s game will be heading to State College, Pennsylvania for the Women’s Frozen Four.