photo courtesy of Cal Hockey
The Vulcan women’s ice hockey team edged passed rival Penn State to win the first ever College Hockey East Women’s championship on Saturday. It was fitting that the two teams would meet in the CHE finals after splitting the season series 2-2.
Megan Cooper scored the first goal following a two-minute long 5-on-3 penalty kill in the first period. After a scoreless second period the Vulcans drew blood again in the third as Alli Paratore gave the team a 2-0 advantage of the Nittany Lions. With under two minutes left in the game Penn State attempted a comeback, pulling the goalie with an extra attacker on. Geneva Wagoner of PSU cut Cal U’s lead in half. Her efforts were not enough to turn the tide of the game, however, and the Vulcans take home the CHE trophy with a 2-1 win.
Cal U had to defeat West Chester University for the third time in two weeks in order to advance to the championship game. Maria Sciacca managed to propel the Vulcans past West Chester by keeping them off the scoreboard as Kelsey DeNardo and Dana Bowersox gave Cal U a 2-0 win.
After earning their third league-wide championship in team history, the team has been guaranteed the opportunity to compete in the ACHA Division II National Championships this year in Newark, Del., where they could possibly run into Penn State for a sixth and final time. The national tournament will begin on March 13 at University Ice Arena Gold at the University of Delaware.
The Vulcan men also made it to the national tournament being held in Coral Springs, Fla., and will begin competing for their own CHE title starting with the semi-finals on March 1 at Rostraver Ice Garden.