POTSDAM - Goaltending was the story on this night as the Clarkson University womens hockey team tied the visiting Brown Bears 1-1 on Friday evening at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights now stand at 6-2-2 (1-1-1 ECAC Hockey) and will stay at home to take on the Yale Bulldogs tomorrow at 4:00 pm. The Bears are now 1-1-1 (0-0-1 ECAC Hockey) and will stay on the road to take on St. Lawrence tomorrow afternoon.
Despite outshooting the Bears 54-11, including 24-1 in the third period, the Knights were only able to find the scoreboard one time in the game.
Senior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) put the Knights on the board in the first period at the 13:35 mark with help from classmates Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) and Vanessa Gagnon (St. Constant, QUE) to give the Green and Gold the 1-0 lead. Rattray left a pass for Styner at the blue line, who took it into the attacking zone, spun around, and dished it back to Rattray who fired it by Brown goaltender Aubree Moore for the goal. The goal is Rattrays sixth of the season and Styner picked up her seventh assist on the play.
Clarkson dominated puck possession in the first period, and outshot the Bears 17-5. Senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) was tested once after a turnover in the defensive zone led to a point-blank shot for Brown, but Howe smothered it to preserve the lead.
Brown tied the game at 4:50 in the second period when Erin Conway fired a shot on net that was handled by Howe, but Ariana Rucker was there for the rebound to beat Howe and knot the game at one a piece.
Moore has now stopped 107 shots over her last two games for Brown.
SLU 4, Yale 1: In Canton, host SLU got goals from four different players, including the first collegiate goal from rookie Kirsten Padalis, in posting the ECAC win over Yale.
St. Lawrence (3-6, 2-1) also had goals from Rylee Smith, Jessica Hon and Ellie Williams, while Carmen MacDonald made 24 saves to earn the win in goal. The Bulldogs (0-3, 0-1) cut the lead to 3-1 late in the third period on a tally by Kate Martini, but were unable to overcome a 40-25 disadvantage in shots on goal.
Jaimie Leonoff made 36 stops for Yale but suffered the loss.
The Saints will be in action again this afternoon at home against Brown starting at 3 p.m.