By Cap Carey
POTSDAM — Junior forward Jamie Lee Rattray wasted little time setting a tone in Clarkson’s 3-1 win over rival St. Lawrence University in a women’s hockey game Friday afternoon at Cheel Arena.
Rattray, a member of Canada’s junior national team, set up a goal for teammate Brittany Styner just 44 seconds into the game, giving Clarkson (21-6 overall, 13-2 confererence) a lead it would not relinquish.
It was just one goal, but when Clarkson scores first this season, it is 16-2.
Rattray gave Clarkson a 2-0 lead over the Saints (14-11-2, 9-5-1) with a power-play goal at 7 minutes, 38 seconds of the second period on a shot that clanged off the post and went in.
Friday’s goal was Rattray’s 17th of the season, and she has 23 assists in 25 games.
SLU had chances to tie the game in the first period but could not capitalize on opportunities. The Saints had two power-plays in the first period and one early in the second, but two of SLU’s power plays ended early when SLU was called for having too many players on the ice.
The Saints cut Clarkson’s lead to 2-1 late in the second period when Brooke Fernandez scored a power-play goal at 18:27.
But Clarkson had three power-play chances in the third period and regained a two-goal lead just 3:28 into the final period on a goal from defenseman Renata Fast that deflected off an SLU player.
Clarkson outshot the Saints 30-15 and converted on 2-of-8 power-play chances. SLU was held to only five total shots on its five power-play opportunities.
Friday’s win was the third for Clarkson against SLU this season. The teams played a pair of nonconference games to start the season. SLU leads the all-time series 15-10-4, but is 3-8-3 at Cheel Arena.