There were no surprises in the selection of the four teams that will play for the NCAA women's hockey title.
Minnesota, which won the WCHA regular season title and postseason tournament, was named the top seed in the West on Sunday, and Niagara, the ECAC Eastern Division regular season champion, was the top seed in the East.
The two have been ranked 1-2 most of the year in the computer rankings and various polls.
The two at-large teams selected were Minnesota-Duluth, which won the inaugural women's Frozen Four last year, and Brown, which won the ECAC Northern Division tournament and is on the hottest streak in the country.
Niagara (26-7-1) plays Minnesota-Duluth (22-6-4) in the first semifinal match Friday at 4 p.m. CST and Minnesota (28-3-5) and Brown (24-7-2) play in the second game at 8:30 p.m. CST at the Whittemore Center at the University of New Hampshire.
The third place match will be Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CST followed by the final at 4 p.m. CST.
Niagara and Minnesota-Duluth did not meet during the regular season; Minnesota won at Brown, 3-2, in November.
Minnesota-Duluth is the only team returning to the Frozen Four after beating St. Lawrence 4-2 in Minneapolis for the title last year. Dartmouth and Harvard lost in the semifinals.
Dartmouth missed a chance for a return visit earlier Sunday when Brown beat the Big Green, 4-3, in overtime in the ECAC North tournament that earned the Bears the bid.
"Certainly we were waiting for the results of that game," said Carolyn Campbell-McGovern, chair of the selection committee.
Another major factor was Brown's seven-game winning streak, the longest among the 30 teams that play women's hockey in Divisions 1-2, and the Bears' 18-1-1 record in their last 20 games, Campbell-McGovern said.
Another team that received serious consideration was Northeastern, but it was hurt by losing to Providence in the ECAC final.
"That definitely was a factor for them," Campbell-McGovern said.
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