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Clarkson tops Colgate in overtime for NCAA women’s hockey championship at Ridder

March 19, 2018

For the first time since 2010, the NCAA womens hockey championship game went to overtime Sunday, and Clarkson was there to finish it off for its third title in five years.

Clarkson freshman Elizabeth Giguere broke loose on a breakaway and deked Colgate goalie Julia Vandyk for the winning goal in a 2-1 triumph at Ridder Arena.

Clarkson, the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, needed overtime to win all three tournament games, beating Mercyhurst 2-1, Ohio State 1-0 and then ECAC rival Colgate.

Clarkson generated several scoring chances in the first period and got a goal from its fourth line at the 16:29 mark. Cassidy Vinkle in on a rush and hit the upper left corner with a shot so hard, it bounced back off the twine back toward the blue line.

But Colgate didnt go away. The Raiders outplayed Clarkson in the second period and tied the score at the 2:27 mark, when Oliva Zafuto sent a quick pass across the goal mouth to Malia Schneider, who slammed it in for the goal.

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