Matteucci off to Frozen Four

Fruitvale’s Ella Matteucci and the Clarkson Golden Knights are headed to its first Frozen Four final after ousting Boston College.

Fruitvale’s Ella Matteucci and the Clarkson Golden Knights are headed to its first Frozen Four final after ousting Boston College 3-1 on Saturday at the NCAA West tournament.

Vanessa Gagnon scored twice to put the Golden Knights ahead 1-0 in the first period and 3-0 early in the third, and Erica Howe stopped 23 shots for Clarkson.

Jamie Lee Rattray assisted on all three Clarkson goals, including a Brittany Styner score in the second period..

Matteucci anchors the best defence in the NCAA division 1 women’s hockey, allowing an average of just 1.05 goals against this season.

The Knights led the ECAC division with a 16-2-4 record and were 29-5-5 overall.

This year surpasses last year’s total, 28, for most wins ever in a season.

The Golden Knights, ranked number-2 in the nation, will play Mercyhurst in the national semifinals on Friday in Hamden, Conn. In the other semifinal, the number-one ranked Minnesota Gophers will play the Wisconsin Badgers