Matteucci, Golden Knights NCAA champs

It’s the first national title for Clarkson, 31-5-5, of any kind, and Matteucci played in all 41 games for the Knights this season.

Fruitvale native Ella Matteucci and the Clarkson University Golden Knights shocked the heavily-favoured Minnesota Gophers on Sunday as they skated to a 5-4 Frozen Four final victory and their first NCAA championship.

A breakaway goal by Shannon MacAulay with under five-minutes remaining in regulation, vaulted the number-2 ranked Golden Knights into the NCAA Div. 1 women’s hockey stratosphere, eclipsing the number-1 ranked defending champion Gophers for the coveted title.

“Just thrilled beyond belief,” co-head coach Matt Desrosiers said in a post-game interview. “The girls believed in themselves all year, even coming into tonight I had a feeling about the way they were going to come out and play. They weren’t going to back down and they proved that tonight. I thought they stuck with it very well tonight and I’m just thrilled and speechless right now.”

The goal gave the Knights a 5-3 lead, and despite ceding a Gopher marker with 3:41 to play, the team would hold on for the victory.

“No one wanted it more than us, we’ve wanted it all year and we worked so hard for it,” said MacAulay.

It’s the first national title for Clarkson, 31-5-5, of any kind, and Matteucci played in all 41 games for the Knights this season.

The 21-year-old defenceman anchored a blueline that was the stingiest in the NCAA, allowing just 1.12 goals per game, and played a major role in the final match, with the Golden Knights icing just four defencemen for the final game.

The Knights defeated Mercyhurst University 5-1 in the semifinal.

Matteucci received a scholarship to play for the Potsdam, N.Y. team while attending the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox, Sask. where she won a national title with the Hounds in 2011.

Just Posted

Columbia Basin Trust offering business accelerator program

Trust seeking motivated companies for customized support and mentorship program

Trail military exercises provide crucial training

Exercise Sapper Crucible: ‘The nuts and bolts of what a soldier is’

VIDEO: SPCA ushers in new era with Castlegar facility

$2.69-million project had ribbon cutting on Friday

Thrums, Riondel, and Slocan, revisited

Place Names: Scottish author delighted by Thrums name origin

Last stand for Silver City summer

Fall officially arrives in Trail at 6:54 p.m. on Saturday

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

Most Read