ECAC Hockey play resumed on a successful note for the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team this past weekend with a pair of one-goal wins on the road. The Golden Knights, guided by fifth-year co-head coaches Matt and Shannon Desrosiers and assistant Matt Kelly, will look to continue their winning way in Central NY this weekend as they close out a four-game road trip at Colgate and nationally-ranked Cornell. The Knights face off against the Raiders in Hamilton at Starr Rink on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and then take on the 4th-ranked Big Red at Lynah Rink in Ithaca at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Led by junior captain Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) and senior Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT), Clarkson is ranked 6th in the national polls with a 17-5 overall record. The Green and Gold stand in second place in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 9-1 league mark. The Knights are four points out of first with one game in hand on league-leader Harvard.
After struggling out of the gate to start the New Year with a pair of non-conference home losses to nationally-ranked Hockey East foes, Boston College (5-1) and Northeastern (4-3), Clarkson regrouped with two league victories in New England over the weekend. The Knights relied upon on a pair of goals by junior Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) to edge Brown 2-1 in Providence, RI on Friday. Clarkson standouts, juniors Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) and Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) led the Green and Gold in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Yale in New Haven, CT for the Knights’ 100th all-time ECAC Hockey victory. Rattray tallied an unassisted shorthanded marker for the game’s lone goal, while Howe backstopped the Knights’ stingy defensive effort with 21 saves to post her fourth shutout of the season and 13th career whitewash.
Named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week for the fourth time this season, Howe has started 21 of the Knights’ 22 games and posts a .933 save percentage and a 1.72 goals against average. She owns a 16-5 record this season and has posted 48 career victories, one shy of tying Clarkson's all-time win mark.
After helping to lead Canada’s U22 team to a Gold Medal at the Meco Cup in Germany at the start of the New Year, Rattray returned to the Clarkson lineup over the weekend and promptly helped the Green and Gold to the sweep. She assisted on the deciding goal at Brown and tallied her Division 1-leading sixth game-winner in the 1-0 triumph over Yale.
Clarkson’s leading scorer, Rattray has 16 goals and 17 assists through 20 games this season, and is closing in on the century mark with 96 career points (42-54) through 90 games.
Mercer is also about to eclipse the 100-point scoring mark with 31 goals and 63 assists in 96 career games. The Knights’ captain is the team’s leading playmaker with 21 assists this season, and records 30 points through 22 games.
The top scoring freshman defenseman in the country, Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) has tallied 21 points, including 19 assists through 18 games. Ambrose also helped Canada win the Gold Medal at the Meco Cup.
Colgate owns a 6-13-2 overall record. The Raiders are tied for ninth in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 1-7-2 mark with its only conference win coming at Clarkson (2-1 on Dec.1), which is also the Knights’ lone ECAC loss. Colgate is coming off a 3-2 overtime win at RIT on Saturday.
Cornell, which hosts Syracuse on Wednesday, lost 4-3 in overtime at third-ranked Boston College on Sunday. The Big Red stand at 11-4 overall and are 8-2 in the conference, tied with St. Lawrence for fourth in the ECAC Hockey standings.