ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Cayley Mercer scored two goals and Shea Tiley recorded a shutout as Clarkson captured the NCAA women’s hockey championship with a 3-0 win over Wisconsin on Sunday.
Tiley was brilliant in net for the Knights, making 41 saves and limiting second-chance opportunities by the Badgers. She insisted she tried to approach the title match as if it were just another game, but knew she would have to be at her best to beat Wisconsin goalie Ann-Renee Desbiens.
The Badgers held a 41-20 advantage in shots on goal.
Wisconsin (33-3-4) lost in the semifinals in each of the last three seasons and was ranked No. 1 in the nation all season. The Badgers beat No. 2 Clarkson twice in October at Potsdam, N.Y.
Clarkson (32-4-5) opened the second period on the power play and Savannah Harmon made the Badgers pay 27 seconds in.
Desbiens stopped shots by Ella Shelton and Genevieve Bannon, but after clearing the puck from behind the Wisconsin net, Bannon flicked a pass in front of the goal and Harmon deflected it past Desbiens. Mercer scored in the third on a breakaway and added an empty-net goal in the final minute.