On March 18th, the Clarkson Golden Knights faced up against the Colgate University Raiders to win the NCAA women’s hockey championship game! This is their third national championship in the past five years, and their second in a row! They fought hard to get to the top this year, but the Raiders fought almost as hard to make it to the championship game for the first time.

Clarkson’s path to the top

Clarkson went into the NCAA finals as the first seed out of eight teams. They had a great season with a 33-4-1 record. In the quarterfinal round, they beat Mercyhurst, moving forward to the semifinals (the Frozen Four) where they played Ohio State. In a nail biter game, Clarkson was able to defeat the Buckeyes 1-0, with Loren Gobel scoring the only goal. You can see the highlights here. Meanwhile, the Raiders won in the quarterfinal round against Northeastern. They went on to defeat Wisconsin in the semifinals, sending Colgate to the championship game for the first time.

The championship game

The Knights got off to a strong start, out-shooting the Raiders 15-10 in the first twenty minutes, although they didn’t score until 3:11 minutes remaining. Colgate stepped it up in the end of regulation, scoring with 2:27 to go to bring the game to a tie. Clarkson’s goalie, Senior Shea Tiley, played an incredible game, and even though Colgate got in more shots at the goal than Clarkson, the regulation game ended 1-1, going to overtime. Through a brutal seven minutes of overtime, the game stayed at a stalemate, with both teams attempting multiple goals. The end only came when Tiley blocked another goal, sending the puck around to Freshman Elizabeth Giguere, who scored the game-winning goal. With the final win, the Knights closed out their season with the best record in the history of the fifteen-year-old-league: 36-4-1. This game stayed competitive and exciting up until the last second! You can find the whole thing here, and the best highlights here.

With rising players like Elizabeth Giguere and Cassidy Vinkle, the Golden Knights look to continue their dominating streak next year. They managed to close out a phenomenal season with another championship, and even though they’re losing goaltender Shea Tiley, their young talent are looking forward to keeping them competitive. Even though the Raiders lost, they played an amazing game and kept it close the entire time. If both teams play like they did March 18, 2018, we might be seeing them again in next year’s championship game!

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