#1 Clarkson women's hockey posts a shutout on the road at Quinnipiac
One night after suffering its first loss of 2018, the #1-ranked Clarkson University Women's Hockey team came back with a solid effort on the road to shut out Quinnipiac 2-0 in Hamden, CT on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights, who lost 2-0 at Princeton on Friday, stand at 27-4-1 overall and are tied with Colgate for first place in the ECAC hockey standings with a 17-3 league mark with two games remaining in the regular season. Clarkson holds the tiebreaker over Colgate. The Green and Gold hosts Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend at Cheel Arena."Today was a good response after a tough game yesterday," said Head Coach Matt Desrosiers. "Against Princeton we weren't able to get our legs underneath us and couldn't really find our rhythm. Those games are going to happen every now and again, but the important thing is how you respond. I will give the team credit tonight against Quinnipiac because we didn't really start the game the way we wanted to. We were almost two different teams today because we turned things around in the second half of the game and played the way we can. Our focus heading into this week of practice needs to be on building upon the positives we saw in today's game and those a more consistent part of our game moving forward."
In another tight game against Quinnipiac (15-14-3, 11-8-1), Clarkson prevailed on a standout effort in the crease by senior Shea Tiley (Owen Sound, ONT) and the specialty teams scoring by freshman right wing Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) and junior left wing Rhyen McGill (Whitby, ONT).
Tiley turned aside all 25 Bobcats shots to post her ninth shutout of the season and 33rd career whitewash. The Knights scored twice on their 29 shots.
After a scoreless first period, Giguere tallied on the power play at 10:15 of the middle frame. The Knights' captain Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove, IL) fed a perfect pass out from behind the goal line to Giguere in the slot, where Clarkson's freshman sensation connected for her 22nd goal of the season.
The Knights added an insurance goal just 34 seconds in into the final frame when McGill scored an unassisted shorthanded marker. McGill batted down a Quinnipiac clearing attempt and fired in a shot from between the circle for her 14th goal of the season.
Clarkson went 1-of-2 on the power play and killed off all four of Quinnipiac's man-advantage opportunities.