NCAA Announces DIII Women's Ice Hockey Championship Field: Adrian Travels to Elmira in Opening Round (UPDATED)

NCAA Announces DIII Women's Ice Hockey Championship Field: Adrian Travels to Elmira in Opening Round (UPDATED)

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Adrian College women's hockey team will travel to face Elmira in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championships as announced by the NCAA on Monday. The game is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 3:00 p.m., ET.

Tickets for the game will go on sale two hours prior to the start of the game (1 PM). Ticket prices are:

$6 - Adult

$4 - Students

$3 - Children under 12 years of age

Free - Children 2 and under with a paying adult

The Bulldogs are making their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament and fourth in program history. Adrian and Elmira will meet in the opening round for the third straight season. The Bulldogs eliminated the Soaring Eagles last season with a 5-4 win in overtime at Arrington Ice Arena. In 2016, Elmira defeated Adrian 3-1 in the first-ever NCAA tournament game hosted by the Bulldog women.

These two teams also met earlier this season in the East/West Classic. The Soaring Eagles were the victors with a 5-1 win. Elmira is the only Adrian opponent to score more than four goals this season. The all-time series between the Bulldogs and Soaring Eagles is tied 2-2.

Adrian comes into the game having won its third consecutive Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) Slaats Cup title after a 4-3 overtime-win over Lake Forest on Saturday. The Bulldogs have an overall record of 22-5-1 and a 16-1-1 conference mark on the season and are currently ranked 5th in both the USCHO.com and the D3hockey.com poll.

Elmira (3rd USCHO.com & D3hockey.com) won the first-ever championship in the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) 5-0 over Stevenson on Sunday. The Soaring Eagles are 23-2-2 overall this season and had a 15-0-1 conference record.

Of the nine teams in the championship field, six of the teams received automatic qualification berths as winners of their conference championship. One institution was selected from Pool B, which includes independent institutions and institutions from conferences that do not meet the automatic qualification criteria. Two institutions were selected from Pool C, which consists of institutions from automatic-qualifying conferences that were not the conference champion and independent institutions that were not selected for the Pool B berth.

An opening-round game and four first-round games will be played at campus sites March 9 or 10. Dates and times for these games will be announced later today. The host for the championship finals will be confirmed Saturday night, March 10, after the conclusion of the first-round games. The highest-seeded team advancing from first rounds will host the semifinals March 16 and the third-place game and championship game March 17. For more information, including live webcasting of the semifinals, third-place game and finals, visit ncaa.com.

Conferences and teams receiving automatic qualification:

Colonial Hockey Conference: Morrisville State

Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference: Hamline

New England Hockey Conference: Norwich

Northeast Women's Hockey League: Plattsburgh State

Northern Collegiate Hockey Association: Adrian

The Pool B selection was Elmira, and the two Pool C selections were Gustavus Adolphus and Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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