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SB Nation’s Women’s College Hockey Division I Poll: Frozen Finale

As the last teams head to the Frozen Four, we take one more look before the NCAA season ends.

The Gophers are celebrating all the way back to the Frozen Four.
Winslow Towson / Associated Press

There are only three games left in the season to name a champion and Wisconsin sits two wins away from being wire-to-wire number one here in the inaugural season of the SB Nation Poll.

This week leaves a few tight positions in our penultimate edition of the poll but they are in clear tiers, which is representative of the season as a whole.

1. Wisconsin (32-2-4), (14) 140 — Last Week: 1

• Last Week: W 7-0 v Robert Morris (3/11)

• Coming Week: v Boston College (3/17), NCAA Championship (3/19)

The Badger steamroller continued as Wisconsin blasted Robert Morris. The game never seemed in doubt and the number one team looks to continue their dominance as they take on a strong Boston College team.

2. Clarkson (30-4-5), 114 — Last Week: 3

• Last Week: W 3-1 v Cornell (3/11)

• Coming Week: v Minnesota (3/17), NCAA Championship (3/19)

Clarkson had a strong performance against Cornell to bring them back to the Frozen Four. Now they get to play the defending national champs.

3. Minnesota (26-7-5), 110— Last Week: 5

• Last Week: W 1-0 @ Minnesota-Duluth (3/11)

• Coming Week: v Clarkson (3/17), NCAA Championship (3/19)

The Gophers traveled to Duluth after the Bulldogs beat them last weekend and were able to edge out a victory. Now they’ll try to defend their crown, earning them the title of Belles of the Ball for the week.

4. Boston College (28-5-5), 106— Last Week: 4

• Last Week: W 6-0 v St. Lawrence (3/11)

• Coming Week: v Wisconsin (3/17), NCAA Championship (3/19)

The Eagles started a bit slow but then absolutely blitzed the Saints. They now have to play the clear favorite Wisconsin in order to try to make their second Championship appearance.

5. Minnesota-Duluth (25-7-5), 89— Last Week: 2

• Last Week: L 0-1 v Minnesota (3/11)

• Coming Week: No Games

And just like that the Bulldogs have their season ended by in-state rival Minnesota. It doesn’t matter that they beat them the weekend before or that it was only a single goal differential. There is much Duluth can hold their heads high upon as they look to be a dominant power again going forward.

T-6. Cornell (20-9-5), 59— Last Week: 7

• Last Week: L 1-3 @ Clarkson (3/11)

• Coming Week: No Games

Cornell performed admirably but was unable to get past Clarkson. This surge to get them to the NCAA tournament was not expected of them coming into the season, but leaves a good platform for the Big Red to build upon for next season.

T-6. St. Lawrence (26-6-4), 59 — Last week: 6

• Last Week: L 0-6@ Boston College (3/11)

• Coming Week: No Games

The Saints were holding tough with BC for 19 minutes before the front of the boat fell off. After that, it was all Eagles as the Saints’ season ended abruptly.

8. Northeastern (22-12-3), 32 — Last Week: 9

• Last Week: No Games

• Coming Week: No Games

The Huskies were idle but still picked up some votes. They also had one of their seniors, Hayley Scamurra, sign with the Buffalo Beauts of the NWHL. She scored the opening goal of their most recent game to help them take third place going into the playoffs.

9. Robert Morris (24-5-6), 26 — Last Week: 8

• Last Week: L 0-7 @ Wisconsin (3/11)

• Coming Week: No Games

The Colonials were the sacrificial lambs offered up to Wisconsin to start the NCAA tournament.

10. Princeton (20-10-3), 19 — Last Week: 10

• Last Week: No Games

• Coming Week: No Games

The Tigers were also idle this week, but like Northeastern had one of their seniors, Kelsey Koezler, sign with the New York Riveters in the NWHL.

Also receiving votes: Quinnipiac 5,Boston University 5, North Dakota 3, Vermont 3

Dropped out: Colgate