Madison - The Wisconsin Badger women's hockey team is headed to the NCAA Frozen Four this weekend in Minneapolis.
The Badgers (31-4-2) face Colgate (33-5-1) Friday night at 7 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.
The other semifinal has Ohio State against Clarkson at 4 pm Friday.
Wisconsin has won four national championships in women's hockey, its last in 2011.
Head Coach Mark Johnson says his roster, that features eight freshman and a new goaltender has developed into a national championship contender this season.
"The makeup of our team this year is completely different than what we had last year," Johnson said. "The fun part of what we do is in September you have this group of kids and you try to develop and put together - make improvements over the course of the winter and put them in position to have these opportunities and so - as I told the team Saturday, too, they were prepared for this opportunity so you know looking back in September, a quarterfinal game- you know are we going to be prepared for that opportunity? This team has done that- they've been consistent- I think they feel confident in the way they're capable of playing as a coaching staff, we're very proud of that. "
The Badgers lost the national title game to Clarkson last season, but they're focused on bringing home a championship this time around.
"I think each year we get more motivated in practice," said junior forward Sophia Shaver. "We start to work harder in the weight room and on the ice. This year we're really read to go in and hopefully take out the win."