ITHACA, NY -- Clarkson's postseason dominance over Colgate continued as the Golden Knights defeated the Raiders 2-0 in semifinal action in the ECAC Hockey Championship Tournament at Cornell's Lynah Rink in Ithaca, NY on Saturday evening.
Two-time tournament champions, Clarkson advances to the conference title game for the fourth consecutive season and the sixth time in the program's 16-year history. The Golden Knights will battle top seed and tournament host Cornell in Sunday's championship game, beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Clarkson, which was swept by Colgate in their regular-season matchups, has now defeated the Raiders in four consecutive postseason meetings, including last year's ECAC Hockey Championship (3-1) and NCAA Championship (2-1ot) games.
Ranked fourth in the nation, the Green and Gold improve to 28-7-2. Clarkson has won its last 11 straight ECAC Hockey postseason games. The Knights are 6-3 in semifinal action and 2-3 in championship game tilts.
Clarkson controlled the opening 20 minutes against the Raiders with a 13-6 shot advantage and finally got on the scoreboard with a pair of late goals by the two leading offensive forces in NCAA Women's Hockey.
The top line in the country started off the scoring at 14:39. Senior left wing Loren Gabel (Kitchener, ONT), ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and a Top 3 Patty Kazmaier Award Finalist, found a rebound in front off a shot by sophomore right wingElizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) and poked in a shot from the top of the crease at 14:39 for her NCAA-leading 38th goal of the season. For Giguere, a Top-10 Kazmaier Finalist and a second-team ECAC All-Star, that was her NCAA leading 45th assist on the season. Junior center Michaela Pejzlova (Pardubice, Czech Republic) also assisted.
With 34.8 seconds remaining in the stanza, Giguere intercepted a Colgate clearing attempt at the blueline, skated to the slot and fired in a wrist shot for her 25th goal of the season.
That was it for the scoring as both team were held in check for the remaining two periods.
Graduate student Kassidy Sauve (Whitby, ONT) made 29 saves for her seventh shutout for the year and second whitewash in three postseason games for the Green and Gold. The former standout at Ohio State was especially sharp in the third period with 13 stops.
Colgate pulled goaltender Julia Vandyk with 2:10 remaining and went on a 6-on-4 advantage over the final 85 seconds after a Clarkson penalty, but could not get one past Sauve.
The Knights killed off six Raiders power plays, while going 0-of-1 on their lone man-advantage attempt.