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RIT draws Minnesota in the NCAA women's hockey tourney

Congratulations on making the NCAA Tournament RIT. You get Minnesota.

Predictably the Tigers drew the No. 1 seed in the eight-team field of the NCAA wome'n's hockey tournament as the brackets were announced Sunday night.

RIT earned the first automatic bid from College Hockey America, winning the title with a 2-1 double overtime win against Syracuse in the conference title game on Saturday. The Tigers (15-8-5) advanced to to the championship game after knocking off perennial power Mercyhurst, 4-1, on the Lakers' home ice.

Fast fact: The Tigers' head coach Scott McDonald played his college hockey at Niagara.

Western New York is also represented on the two Boston schools heading to the tournament.

Boston University upended Boston College, 4-1, for the Hockey Ea st Championship Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Maddie Elia, a Lewiston native who played at Nichols, scored a power play goal for the Terriers.

Boston College senior Emily Pfalzer (Getzville, Nichols) assisted on the only goal for the Eagles.

The loss for Boston College dropped the Eagles to the No. 2 seed. They will host Clarkson while Boston University travels to No. 4 Wisconsin. Harvard earned the No. 3 seed as only the top four teams in the field are ranked.

The NCAA bracket breaks down with quarterfinal games at the higher seed on Saturday. The Women's Frozen Four will be hosted by Minnesota, March 20 and 22, at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

1. Minnesota vs. RIT
2.  Boston College vs. Clarkson
3. Harvard vs. Quinnipiac
4. Wisconsin vs. Boston University

You can check out the highlights from RIT's championship win here:

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