Colgate beats No. 3 Clarkson in NCAA title rematch

Colgate beats No. 3 Clarkson in NCAA title rematch

HAMILTON, N.Y. -- Clarkson University won the 2018 NCAA and ECAC Tournament Championships with wins over Colgate, but the Raiders gained a measure of revenge on Friday night by defeating the Golden Knights 4-1 in Hamilton, NY.

Third-ranked Clarkson, which stands at 12-3 overall and 3-2 in ECAC Hockey, plays 7th-ranked Cornell in Ithaca, NY on Saturday, at 3:00 p.m.

Colgate (8-5-2, 4-2-1) led from the start in the first meeting between the two conference powerhouses since last March's National Championship game.

The Raiders scored just 12 seconds into first power play of the game with Tanner Gates connecting at 3:56 of the first on a shot through a screen.

Colgate made it 2-0 late in the middle frame on a 5-on-3 power-play tally by Shae Labbe at 19:36.

Labbe scored again at 4:38 of the third period to give the home team a three-goal cushion.

Clarkson got on the scoreboard at 14:21 with a shorthanded score by junior center Michaela Pejzlova (Pardubice, Czech Republic). Linemates, senior left wing Loren Gabel (Kitchener, ONT) and sophomore right wing Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) assisted.

That was it, however, for the Green and Gold.

Malia Schneider closed out the game for the Raiders with any empty-net goal with 21 second remaining.

Clarkson outshot Colgate 37-28. The Raiders enjoyed the advantage in specialty teams play, going 2-of-6 on the power play and shutting down the all three of the Knights opportunities.