Renata Fast’s quickness leads to Player of the Week honors


Score one for the underdogs.

Two, actually.

Well, more correctly, scoring one quick goal and giving up just one led to ASN College Hockey Player of the Week choices.

Clarkson’s Renata Fast earned the women’s Player of the Week honors for scoring the quickest goal in NCAA Tournament history.

ASN Renata Fast POWHer goal 10 seconds into the opening period was all the offense either team could muster in the fifth-seeded Golden Knights’ 1-0 win over fourth-seeded and fourth-ranked Quinnipiac in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.

The quick goal lifts Clarkson (30-4-5) back into the Frozen Four for the first time since winning the 2014 title.

The fifth-ranked Golden Knights will face unbeaten and top-ranked Boston College on Friday, with No. 2 Wisconsin facing No. 3 Minnesota in the other semifinal.

Fast, who has five goals and 12 assists this season and 13 goals and 44 assists in 143 career games, was named to the 2014 Frozen Four All-Tournament team during Clarkson’s last title run.


Dartmouth goalie Charles Grant stonewalled No. 2-seeded Yale in a surprising two-game sweep of the ECAC quarterfinal series.

Charles Grant POWThe senior goalie had an astounding 94 total saves to lead the seventh-seeded Big Green.

He opened with a career-high 48 saves in Friday’s 4-3 overtime win, then added 46 more in Saturday’s 2-1 victory when Dartmouth was outshot, 47-15.

Grant was busy from start to finish to keep the Dartmouth’s playoff run alive. A week earlier, Dartmouth outlasted Colgate twice in overtime to win a wild opening-round series, two games to one.

Dartmouth will face third-seeded Yale in the ECAC semifinals on Friday.

Grant, 11-9-0 this season, ranks 34th in the nation in goaltending with a .916 save percentage. In four seasons he is 31-32-5 with a .908 save percentage and 2.81 goals-against average.

Above: Clarkson’s Renata Fast celebrates her goal Saturday against Quinnipiac, the quickest goal scored in NCAA Tournament History. (Courtesy Jim Meagher/Clarkson University)
Middle: Dartmouth’s Charles Grant made 94 saves in the Big Green’s surprising two-game sweep of Yale in the ECAC quarterfinal series. (Courtesy Mark Washburn/Dartmouth Athletics)

Dave Dondoneau

Dave Dondoneau is a freelance writer based in Honolulu. Follow him on Twitter @DakotaHI.