The two-time defending national champion Golden Gopher women’s hockey team fell just short of a three-peat as Clarkson skated to a 5-4 win over Minnesota in the 2014 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four national championship game at Quinnipiac’s High Point Solutions Arena at the TD Bank Sports Center in Hamden, Conn., Sunday afternoon.
Minnesota (38-2-1) fell behind 3-1, rallied to tie the game at 3-3, but again fell behind by two goals at 5-3 late in the third period. The Gophers came within one but could not recover. With the win, Clarkson (31-5-5) earned its first national title in any sport and became the first non-Western Collegiate Hockey Association team to win a women’s hockey national championship. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Minnesota Duluth combined to win the first 13 national titles in NCAA women’s ice hockey.