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Clarkson Claims Third N.C.A.A. Women’s Hockey Title in Five Years

Elizabeth Giguere scored 7 minutes 55 seconds into overtime, and Clarkson won its second straight N.C.A.A. women’s hockey title and third in five years with a 2-1 victory over Colgate on Sunday.

Giguere stole the puck from a defender just outside the Colgate blue lane, got around the stumbling player, and briefly went down on one knee to keep her balance before faking a move to the right and going left to tuck the puck behind Julia Vandyk.

Cassidy Vinkle also scored for the Golden Knights (36-4-1), playing its third straight tournament overtime game. Shea Tiley had 27 saves.

Every game in the 2018 Frozen Four went past three periods. Clarkson beat Ohio State, 1-0, in overtime in its semifinal; Colgate beat Wisconsin, 4-3, in double-overtime.

The is the third overtime title game in tournament history: Minnesota-Duluth beat Cornell, 3-2, in three overtimes in 2010 and the Bulldogs beat Harvard, 4-3, in double-overtime in 2003.

Colgate (34-6-1), in the tournament for the first time in school history, got its goal from Malia Schneider. Vandyk made 35 saves.

This is the fourth time the ECAC rivals from upstate New York met this season, with Clarkson winning three games, including two weeks ago in the conference title game.

One of the side benefits of playing women’s college hockey in a small town is that when a team wins an N.C.A.A. championship, as Clarkson University did for the second time in four seasons last week, its bus gets escorted into town by fire trucks and a police cruiser, sirens wailing.

The Golden Knights were escorted into Potsdam, N.Y., population 17,000, from the county line, some 40 miles from town. The players might have come to Clarkson for good hockey and a top-notch education, but they are also local celebrities.

“I think it makes it more special that you know everyone who comes to the games — and they know you,” said Cayley Mercer, a senior forward from Exeter, Ontario, who led the Golden Knights in scoring.

The team, the 4,300-student body and the North Country community less than 30 miles from Canada are not finished commemorating the title yet: A celebration is scheduled for Tuesday at Cheel Arena, with a Clarkson Women’s Hockey Day in Potsdam slated for next month.

Clarkson had 12 of the first 16 third-period shots and nearly took the lead 6:36 in when a shot by Giguere hit the post and the puck was quickly covered by Vandyk. Video review upheld the call.

Clarkson had the better of play in the first period, capitalizing late in the frame when Vinkle scored her first goal in 20 games since Dec. 9. Coming down the left side, her shot from the circle beat Vandyk high on the stick side.

The Raiders evened the score early in the second.

A battle along the right boards resulted in the puck squirting out to Olivia Zafuto. Heading to the net through the right circle, Zafuto passed across to an open Schneider for an easy redirect.

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