Clarkson women's hockey team meets Wisconsin in National Title Game today
Back in mid-October Clarkson and Wisconsin faced off at Cheel Arena in a pair of non-league games that the Badgers won 3-2 in overtime and 4-1 to extend a Golden Knights' winless stretch to four games (0-3-1).
Since then a lot of impressive achievements have been racked up by the Green and Gold. Clarkson has gone 29-1-4 after those games on October 14-15, earned its third ECAC Hockey regular season title with a 19-1-2 league mark, claimed the program's first ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship, hosted and won an NCAA quarterfinal game (3-1 over Cornell) and knocked off two-time defending national champion Minnesota, 4-3, on Friday in Frozen Four semifinal action to advance to the National Championship game for the second time since 2014.Clarkson and Wisconsin will meet up again on Sunday in the final game of the 2016-17 season with the winner skating away with the 17th annual NCAA Women's ice Hockey Championship trophy.
The NCAA Championship Game will be broadcast over the BIG 10 NETWORK
Clarkson has tied the record for most wins in a season for the 14-year-old program with a 31-4-5 overall record. The Knights own the longest current winning streak in the country with 10 straight victories and the second longest unbeaten stretch at 15 games (14-0-1).
Wisconsin stands at 33-2-4 overall and boasts the longest unbeaten streak in the nation at 22 games (19-0-3), including six straight wins.
The Badger's offense is averaging a Division I-best 4.03 goals per game, while the Knights are right behind with 3.58 gpg. Wisconsin's goals allowed average is the lowest in the country at 0.82 gpg. Clarkson is fourth in scoring defense, 1.57 gpg.
The all-time series against Wisconsin is four games, with the Badgers winning the last three. Wisconsin came to Cheel Arena back on October 14-15 and took a pair of tight games from the Green and Gold, winning 3-2 in overtime and 4-1. The series began in with a 1-1 tie in Madison, WI on January 24, 2015. The Badgers won the following day, 4-0.