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Colgate Crowned ECAC Champions

Credit: Olivia Hokanson | Colgate Athletics

Raiders capture fourth-consecutive league title with 3-0 defeat of Clarkson.

HAMILTON – No. 4 Colgate women’s hockey won their fourth-consecutive ECAC Championship on Saturday night, defeating No. 3 Clarkson, 3-0, at the Class of 1965 Arena. With the triumph, the Raiders are now only the second team in league history to claim four crowns in a row, and the first to do so in nearly three decades. 

“As the years have stacked on, what’s great is that when you get to this game you have an experienced group,” head coach Greg Fargo said. “You have leaders in the room who have done it before and tonight, that calmness served us so well as the game went on.” 
“It was a great game,” Fargo continued. “Both teams played exceptionally well all night long, but we stuck it out, continued to play our game, and we got a great goal from Madeline when it counted.” 
An intense, evenly-matched contest saw numerous scoring chances through the opening two periods, but outstanding saves from Colgate’s Kayle Osborne and Clarkson’s Michelle Pasiechnyk kept things scoreless for over 50 minutes of play.

Osborne, the tournament’s most valuable player, finished the night with 30 saves in net, her second-highest output of the season.

The Golden Knights’ NCAA-leading penalty kill lived up to the task on three separate occasions, spoiling a trio of Raider man-up opportunities. Alternatively, Colgate was able to stay out of the box with only one penalty being assessed to Sydney Bard midway through the second stanza. 

Shots on goal were almost identical with just over eight minutes to play until Kristýna Kaltounková poked the puck away from a Golden Knight in the neutral zone that slid to a streaking Madeline Palumbo

The first-year collected the loose puck and pushed a one-on-two rush, firing from a tough angle deep in the right faceoff circle. Her shot deflected off Pasiechnyk’s blocker and miraculously floated underneath the bar to give Colgate a 1-0 lead. 

Clarkson did not roll over, opting to pull the goalie with just over 90 seconds to play. But Elyssa Biederman smelled blood in the water and put the game out of reach when she converted on the empty net. 

With the Class of 1965 Arena anxiously awaiting the final horn, Emma Pais nearly blew the roof off when she tapped in another empty-netter with less than 60 ticks left on the clock, capping off a historic night in Hamilton.  

The Raiders have now punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament and will find out their matchup at the bracket selection show at noon on Sunday. The show will air live on ESPNews.

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