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Clarkson women’s hockey team skates past Providence

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POTSDAM - Five different Golden Knights scored on Friday afternoon as the 7th/9th ranked Clarkson University women’s hockey team cruised by the Providence Friars 5-1 in game one of a two game weekend series at Cheel Arena.

The win improves the Golden Knights to 9-3-2 (3-2-1 ECAC Hockey) on the season while the Friars drop to 4-9 (1-5 Hockey East) on the year. The loss is the sixth straight for Providence and the two teams meet again this afternoon at 3 p.m. at Cheel Arena.

“We did a great job tonight sticking together and playing a good team game,” stated co-head coach Matt Desrosiers. “We had good energy throughout the game and took advantage of the chances we had. I really liked how well we focused on and executed a lot of the little things needed to win games. I especially liked how we were willing to jump in front of shots tonight especially on the penalty kill at the end of the game. It really showed how bad we wanted to preserve the win.”

Senior captain Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) had the first scoring opportunity in the game as the puck bounced behind the Providence net and back around to Mercer’s stick. She had an uncontested shot that was saved by Friar goaltender Sarah Bryant to keep the game scoreless.

Both teams had chances on the power-play early in the game. Clarkson found themselves on the positive side of a 4-on-3 advantage, but sophomore Erin Ambrose’s (Keswick, ONT) slap shot from the point was deflected wide.

Providence gained the man-advantage at the 10:36 mark and immediately tested senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT), but it was the Knights who had the best chance during the penalty as senior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) stole the puck and beat the defense, but Bryant kept the game scoreless.

With less than two minutes to go in the first period, junior Christine Lambert (Thetford Mines, QUE) gave Clarkson the lead. In an attempt to dump the puck into the Providence zone to change lines, Daniella Matteucci (Fruitvale, BC) controlled the puck in front of the Clarkson bench and passed to Olivia Howe (Moose Jaw, SASK) who found Lambert, and despite the four Providence players in the area, Lambert was able to beat Bryant to put the Knights up 1-0.

Penalties on both sides at the 3:27 mark of the second period led to a 4-on-4 opportunity and Clarkson took full advantage. Sophomore Shannon MacAulay (Mt. Herbert, PEI) controlled the puck behind the Friars’ net and dished to senior Shelby Nisbet (Wiseton, SASK) in front of the net, who would beat Bryant to put the Green and Gold up 2-0.

Matching major penalties again led to a 4-on-4 and senior Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) capitalized less than a minute into the penalty. Rattray brought the puck out of Clarkson’s defensive zone and her pass split the two defenders and went to Styner, who held the puck for as long as she could before sneaking a shot by Bryant to give Clarkson the 3-0 lead.

The scoring continued early in the third period as freshman Genevieve Bannon (Candiac, QUE) was in the right place at the right time to put Clarkson up 4-0. Carly Mercer held the puck behind the net and passed to her sister, sophomore Cayley Mercer (Exeter, ONT) in front. Cayley passed across to a wide-open Bannon who finished for the goal.

The Friars quickly answered as Janine Weber found Stephanie Demars, who took a shot from the blue line that was deflected and floated over Howe’s glove to cut the Clarkson lead to 4-1.

The Knights immediately answered as freshman Corie Jacobson (Warren, ONT) started the charge and found MacAulay, who passed ahead to Olivia Howe in the Providence zone. Howe netted her second goal of the year to stretch the lead to 5-1 in favor of the Knights.

Howe recorded 17 saves in the win.

Elmira 8, SUNY Potsdam 3: The SUNY Potsdam women’s hockey team had a first period it would have rather have done without, as a slow start cost the Bears in an ECAC West conference loss to No. 4 Elmira College at Maxcy Hall.

The Soaring Eagles (3-1-1 overall, 3-0 ECAC West) came out firing and charged to a 4-0 lead on goals from Brooke Wilgosh, Erin Weston, Ashley Ryan and Johanna Eidensten to enter the first intermission. It’s a lead that it would not relinquish.

Elmira, the defending Division III women’s hockey champions and a team that had received 94 points in the latest USCHO.com poll, controlled the pace from the outset. The Soaring Eagles held a 47-19 shots on goal advantage.

But the Bears (2-2-1 overall, 1-2-1 ECAC West) showed plenty of grit as coach Jay Green’s squad scored three of the game’s final five goals.

Senior forward Jessica Silveira (Brampton, Ontario) struck for the first Potsdam goal at 14:21 in the second period on a slap shot just in front of the blue line.

It was Silveira’s first goal of the season and 25th of her career.

Freshman Jordan Ott (Hilton, N.Y.) assisted.

After an Elmira goal by Ashton Hogan in the opening minute of the third period, Potsdam answered back with two goals by assistant captain Jenn Crawford (Burlington, Ontario) in the span of just one minute and 26 seconds. It marked the senior forward’s first points of the season and 22nd and 23rd goals of her career.

The first of Crawford’s goals came on a power play and was assisted by Brittany Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) and Silveira. The Bears were 1-for-4 on power play opportunities. Lucky has now registered at least one assist in four of five games and have a total of seven for the season.

Sophomore goal tender Alexane Rodrigue (Monkland, Ontario) played the full game and made 39 saves.

The two teams square off again today at the Maxcy Hall Arena starting at 3 p.m.

SUNY Canton 1, Chatham 1 (OT): Bernadette O’Connell’s goal 3:01 into the second period helped the Kangaroos forge a tie with the Cougars in a nonconference game at Pittsburgh.

Shayna Dominique stopped 28 shots for SUNY Canton (1-2-1).

Casey Morfeld scored the lone marker for Chatham (2-1-1).

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