A hard-fought effort against its archrival enabled the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team to snap a four-game season-opening losing streak as the Golden Knights battled St. Lawrence to a 1-1 tie at Cheel Arena on Friday afternoon. Clarkson, which stands at 0-4-1 overall, and the Saints (1-1-1) will face off again on Saturday afternoon at Appleton Arena, in another non-league contest beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Hampered by a penalty-filled first period, Clarkson fell into a 1-0 hole, but came out strong in the second frame to tie the game.
Penalty trouble caught up with the Knights in the first as St. Lawrence went 1-of-4 on the power-play to take a 1-0 lead through the opening 20 minutes. Just 12 seconds into a two-man advantage freshman Rylee Smith swept in a rebound at the side of the net off a shot by classmate Bailey Habscheid at 10:41 for the game’s first goal.
Clarkson tied the score early in the middle frame when sophomore Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT) broke a lengthy scoring drought for the Knights. Skirrow took a pass just inside the Saints’ zone from junior Brittany Mulligan (London, ONT) and fired in a shot from the bottom of the right circle at 5:03 for her second career goal and Clarkson’s first score in a span of 103 minutes.
The Knights, who out shot the Saints 31-28, had numerous chances to take the lead in the third, but could not get another goal past St. Lawrence netminder freshman Caitlyn Lahonen, who finished with 30 saves. Clarkson senior Lauren Dahm (Baldwinsville, NY) was equally impressive with a 27-save effort, including three stops in the five-minute overtime session.
The Knights were scoreless in six power-plays, while the Saints went 1-of-6 with the man-advantage.