Its first triumph ever at Appleton Arena in Canton could not have come at a better time for the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team as the Golden Knights picked up their initial win of the season with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over archrival St. Lawrence University in non-league play on Saturday afternoon.
Clarkson, which totaled just two goals through the first five games, overcame a 1-0 deficit to St. Lawrence by scoring three goals in the final 3:09 of regulation to snap a 10-game winless drought (0-9-1) on the Saints’ home ice. Trailing 1-0 with just over three minutes remaining in the third, the Knights struck twice in a 52-second span to take their first lead of the season. Sophomore Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT) started the Green and Gold rally when she scored her second goal of the weekend during a scrum in front of the St. Lawrence net at 16:51. Junior Brittany Mulligan (London, ONT) earned the assist. Senior Melissa Waldie (Newmarket, ONT) followed with her first goal of the season and her 53rd career goal, an unassisted marker at 17:23, to put the Knights on top 2-1.
Junior Juana Baribeau (Amos, QUE) clinched the win when she took a long pass from Waldie at center ice and scored into an empty net for a power-play goal with 33 seconds left. Mulligan picked up her second assist of the day on the game-winner.
The Saints made it close with an extra-attacker goal by Rylee Smith with 8.6 seconds left on the clock.
After 40 minutes of scoreless play, St. Lawrence (1-2-1) grabbed the early lead with a power-play tally by Vanessa Emond just 13 second into the third.
Clarkson out shot the Saints 36-24. Senior Lauren Dahm (Baldwinsville, NY) made 22 saves, while St. Lawrence’s Maxie Weisz posted 33 stops.
The Knights picked up their first power-play goal of the season with a 1-of-5 effort with the man-advantage. St. Lawrence was 1-of-3 on the power play.
Clarkson, which skated to a 1-1 tie vs. St. Lawrence on Friday night at Cheel Arena, owns a 1-4-1 overall record. Things won’t get any easier for the Knights who play at Top-10 ranked University of New Hampshire and Boston University this coming weekend.