Colgate women will play Clarkson for national title

Published Mar 17, 2018 at 11:30am

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — For the first time in program history, the Colgate women’s hockey team is headed to the national championship game after winning its semifinal game against No. 2 Wisconsin, 4-3, in double overtime on Friday night.

Colgate will take on No. 1 Clarkson on Sunday afternoon for the national title at 3 p.m.

Sunday’s national title game will be the first between two ECAC teams.

Clarkson advanced to the title game with a 1-0 overtime win over Ohio St.

Breanne Wilson-Bennett recorded her first career three-goal hat trick for the Raiders, with her third and final goal coming as the game-winner with 3:57 left in the second overtime period.

With her third goal of the night, Wilson-Bennett recorded her 100th career point, becoming the ninth player in program history to reach the mark.

Megan Sullivan became the eighth player to also score her 100th career point when she picked up an assist on Wilson-Bennett’s second goal.

Colgate goalie Julia Vandyk made a career-high 45 saves, 15 of which came over the course of both overtime periods.

The Raiders never trailed in the game despite Wisconsin having an answer for every Colgate goal. Wilson-Bennett kicked the scoring off after she found the back of the net after firing a wrist shot past Wisconsin goalie Kristen Campbell with 3:17 left in the first period.

Baylee Wellhausen tied the game at 1-1 for Wisconsin 6:22 into the second period. Colgate regained the lead after Wilson-Bennett deflected Sullivan’s shot past Campbell to regain the lead later in the second period.

Wisconsin tied the game back up at two-all six minutes into the third period. Jessie Eldridge regained the lead for Colgate at 3-2 with 5:47 to go in the third period and Wisconsin tied the game back up a 3-3 with 2:23 to go in regulation.