The Colgate University women’s hockey team is on its way to the NCAA's Frozen Four for the first time since becoming a Division I program in 2001.
No. 3 Colgate made its first NCAA Tournament appearance on Saturday and the Raiders scored two third-period goals, including an empty-netter with 49 seconds left, en route to a 3-1 victory over No. 9 Northeastern University in a quarterfinal game at Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton.
It was Colgate's third win over Northeastern this season, and it improved the Raiders' best-ever home record to 20-1-1.
Colgate (33-5-1) plays No. 2 Wisconsin (31-4-2) – which advanced to the Frozen Four for the fourth straight season – in the semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. No. 1 Clarkson (34-4-1) plays No. 6 Ohio State (24-10-4) in Friday's other semifinal.
Wisconsin shut out Minnesota 4-0, Ohio State got by No. 4 Boston College 2-0, and defending national champion Clarkson advanced with a 2-1 overtime victory over Mercyhurst University.
Olivia Zafuto had a goal and an assist and Breanna Wilson-Bennett and Bailey Larson also scored for Colgate. Goaltender Julia Vandyk made 23 saves. Vandyk, who had a 1.74 goals-against average entering the game, is 24-4-1 this season. Colgate was 1-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill.
Colgate and Northeastern were knotted at 1-1 after two periods, but Zafuto put the Raiders ahead for good when she scored from the slot to finish a rush 1:37 into the third period. Colgate, which was coming off a loss to Clarkson the ECAC Hockey title game, outshot Northeastern 36-24.
• In the NCAA Divison III quarterfinals of the women's hockey tournament, No. 1/2 Norwich University ended Morrisville State College's season with an 8-2 victory. Sophomore Amanda Conway, the New England Hockey Conference Player of the Year, had a hat trick in the second period for Norwich. Alexziz Giannnamore scored her team-high 15th goal of the season to give Morrisville State (17-8-3) the early lead. Shanley Austin scored the other Morrisville goal and Karoline Arvik made 31 saves for the Mustangs.
Colgate men's hockey
shut out by Clarkson
The Colgate University men's hockey team that knocked off No. 10/8 Clarkson 2-1 in Friday night's opener of their best-of-three, ECAC Quarterfinal series was shut out 3-0 by the Golden Knights in Saturday night's second game.
Colgate goalie Colton Point made 31 saves for the second straight game, but the Raiders were outshot 34-19.
Colgate is 17-16-6, Clarkson is 21-9-6, and they meet again in the finals of the ECAC quarterfinal series at 7 p.m. Sunday at Clarkson's Cheel Arena in Potsdam.