Three years ago, Clarkson University became the first eastern school to win an NCAA Division I Women’s Ice Hockey Championship. On Sunday, the Golden Knights did it again.
The No. 2 Golden Knights blanked No. 1 Wisconsin, 3-0, in St. Charles, Missouri to win their second-ever national title, powered by two late goals by Division I player of the Year Cayley Mercer in the final four minutes of regulation. Savannah Harmon’s power-play goal 27 seconds into the contest stood up as the game-winner, while Shea Tiley made 41 saves.Clarkson finished the season at 32-4-5 overall, and finished first in the ECAC with a 19-1-12 mark before winning the ECAC Tournament with a 1-0 victory over Cornell on March 5. After topping the Big Red, 3-1, in the NCAA quarterfinals, the Golden Knights then edged Minnesota, 4-3, a week later in the NCAA semifinals, before besting the Badgers (33-3-4 overall) on Sunday at Family Arena.
Wisconsin was ranked No. 1 the entire 2016-17 season, and also recorded 18 shutouts on the year. The Badgers advanced to their first NCAA final in five years with a late 1-0 win in the semifinals over Hockey East champion Boston College on St. Patrick’s Day.