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Clarkson adds pair of star transfers

The rich get richer as the reigning champs add a Frozen Four goalie and a former ECAC Player of the Year.

Kassidy Sauve during a NCAA regional game against Boston College.
Michelle Jay

In their quest for a three-peat, the Clarkson Golden Knights are not playing around.

On back-to-back days, the Golden Knights announced the arrivals of two star transfer players to an already-loaded team that’s won back-to-back national titles.

T.T. Cianfarano during a game at Harvard on Nov. 12, 2016.
Michelle Jay

The first came Wednesday when the team revealed the addition of T.T Cianfarano from Quinnipiac.

Cianfarano posted 110 points in 111 games for the Bobcats, including a 52-point sophomore year where she was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Year. She missed almost the entirety of her senior season last year due to injury, so she comes to Potsdam with one year of eligibility remaining.

Then, on Thursday, the team also revealed that they had added goalie Kassidy Sauve from the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Sauve will no doubt be an excellent choice to replace the graduated Shea Tiley. In her three years of play at Ohio State (missing 2015-16 with an injury), she posted save percentages of .923, .942, and .938, and helped the Buckeyes reach their first Frozen Four last season, where they fell to, perhaps ironically, Clarkson. She was twice a member of the Second Team All-WCHA, as well.

Combine these transfers with a solid returning core including the likes of Elizabeth Giguere, Michaela Pejzlova, and Loren Gabel, as well as a very small graduating class, and the Golden Knights will be well-positioned to be the first team since Minnesota Duluth in 2001-2003 to three-peat as national champions.