For the first time, the NCAA women’s hockey championship field has been expanded to 11 teams. Four of the teams are from New England — Northeastern, Quinnipiac, Yale and Harvard.
Games will begin Thursday, with the Frozen Four scheduled for March 18-20 at Penn State.
Can Northeastern (30-4-2) break through and win its first national title? The Huskies came close last year, advancing to the championship game before falling to Wisconsin, 2-1, during a thriller in Erie, Pa.
NU will host the Wisconsin-Clarkson winner on Saturday at 1 p.m. A win would send Dave Flint’s team to the Frozen Four.