A Golden Night For The Golden Knights

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Clarkson University hockey fans welcomed home their national champions Monday night. Around 1,000 people turned out as the women's hockey team returned to campus.

The Golden Knights women's hockey team won the 2014 NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Championship over the weekend in Hamden, Connecticut.

The team received a warm welcome at Clarkson's Cheel Arena when they returned home Monday.

That's what you get when bring home Clarkson's first national championship in any sport and the first national championship in women's hockey for the whole East Coast.  It just didn't seem possible.

"If you would have told us freshman year we would have been natty champs, there's no way we would have believed you," senior forward Shelby Nisbet said.

But now that those freshman are seniors, there was just something about this team  as Clarkson made their way through the ECAC regular season and on into NCAA tournament play.

"They never gave me one instance throughout the entire week that they were nervous, scared to be there or didn't think they could do it," co-coach Matt Desrosiers said.

They remained steady even against Minnesota in the national championship. a team that had lost once in the last 89 games.

Clarkson President Tony Collins high-fived each of the players on the ice as they were announced while the crowd went wild with claps and shouts.

"I had complete confidence in this team," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "It sounds strange. People will say 'were you nervous, were you so nervous?' The answer is no. This team was going to win this no matter what."

After a short ceremony, the public was able to to skate with the Lady Golden Knights until 6:30 p.m.

In Sunday's game, Shannon Macaulay scored on a breakaway with 4:16 left in the third and it proved to make the difference as Clarkson beat Minnesota 5-4.

It was the best season ever for the team, which is in its 11th year of Division 1 play.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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