Well, it's been a while, and so let's get back into the swing of things, shall we?
- It's Toronto vs. Boston in the Clarkson Cup Final at 2 p.m. tomorrow, as the Furies' Natalie Spooner scored to give Toronto the shootout win over Montreal today, 2-1, in Markham. This marks the first time ever that the Stars have not made the Final, and an opportunities for the Furies to bring home their first-ever Clarkson Cup. To do that, though, they'll have to beat an undefeated, tough Blades squad with plenty of offense on their end, including a handful of Olympians -- Hilary Knight, Kelli Stack and Kacey Bellamy among them. The game will be broadcast live on TSN.
- The Gophers and the Badgers face off in tonight's Frozen Four, along with Clarkson against Mercyhurst. Minnesota's deep, blistering offense will come up against a top-tiered goalie in Alex Rigsby, who posted a 1.30 GAA and .947 save percentage in the regular season this year. The key for the Gophers will be to break the game open early and utilize their speed. So far, the Badgers are keeping their lineup the same as last week's against Harvard. No word yet on Minnesota's lineup. Gabriella Fundaro's great breakdown of both games is right here.
- Speaking of the Gophers, three players were honored as All-Americans at the Women's Frozen Four banquet Thursday -- sophomore and top-three Kazmaier award finalist Hannah Brandt and junior Rachel Ramsay (the nation's second-highest scoring defenseman) received First Team honors, while sophomore Milica McMillen made the Second Team as the nation's third-highest scoring D. Head coach Brad Frost received his second consecutive National Coach of the Year as well.
- If you don't know, now you know -- the World Women's U-18 World Championship Division I qualifications are under way, and so far Austria is kicking butt and taking names. They've blown out China and Kazakhstan, and recently beat host country Poland 3-1. Six of its players are among the top scoring leaders of the tournament -- but Poland's Kamila Wieczorek still leads with six goals through three games. The Women's U-18s start in two days, whereas the Division I Worlds start March 29. More info on iihf.com.
Stay tuned for more news and info soon regarding the Clarkson Cup and NCAA.