Clarkson Wins NCAA Hockey Title

Clarkson Wins NCAA Hockey Title

Clarkson College continues to set the standard against which all other NCAA Division I hockey teams are measured.

Elizabeth Giguere scored 7:55 into overtime to give the Green Knights a 2-1 win over Colgate in the NCAA championship game Sunday at the University of Minnesota’s Ridder Arena.

It was the second straight national title for the Green Knights, who closed the season with a 36-4-1 record. Colgate finished at 34-6-1.

Cassidy Vinkle gave Clarkson a 1-0 lead at the 16:49 mark of the opening period.  Malia Schneider tied the game for Colgate at 2:27 of the middle period and regulation play ended without further scoring.

Clarkson goaltender Shea Tilley earned Most Outstanding Player honors. The senior netminder, who is a first-team All-American made 27 saves in goal.

The Golden Knights and the Red Raiders shared the ECAC Hockey regular-season title; Clarkson went on to defeat Colgate 3-0 in the conference championship game.

All three games in the Frozen Four required overtime. Clarkson beat Ohio State 1-0 in overtime in one semifinal while Clarkson bested Harvard 4-3 in double overtime in the other.

The NCAA has conducted a women’s ice hockey championship since 2001. The University of Minnesota has won six national titles, Minnesota-Duluth five, Wisconsin four, and Clarkson three.

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