Senior Danielle Skirrow’s (Trenton, ONT) goal with 3:24 remaining broke a 2-2 tie and lifted the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team past archrival St. Lawrence University 3-2 before 496 fans at Cheel Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights earned the sweep of the 7th/8th-ranked Saints after winning 1-0 at Appleton Arena in Canton on Friday night and are off to a 2-0 start in their 10th season of NCAA Hockey action. Clarkson hosts the University of Vermont in a two-game series in Potsdam next weekend.
Clarkson grabbed the early momentum in the non-conference game against their North Country neighbor, connecting twice in a 79-second span late in the first. Junior Shelby Nisbet (Wiseton, SASK) started the scoring when she was set up in the slot by a nice feed out of the corner by Skirrow. Nisbet finished off the pass with a quick one-timer for her first goal of the season at 15:42. Junior defenseman Vanessa Plante (Riviere-du-Loup, QUE) also assisted.
Just six seconds into the first power play of the game, the Knights made it 2-0. Freshman defenseman Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) fired in a blast from the top of the slot at 17:11 for her first collegiate goal. Junior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) assisted.
After a scoreless second period, St. Lawrence (0-2) got back into the game in the third frame. Kelly Sabatine put the Saints on the scoreboard early in the period when she connected in front at 3:17, halting junior Erica Howe’s (Ottawa, ONT) season-opening shutout streak at 103:17.
Working on their seventh man-advantage opportunity of the day, the Saints finally connected for a power-play goal when Kayla Raniwsky tallied at 14:43, converting off assists from Michelle Ng and Ellie Williams.
Skirrow, who lead the Knights in game-winners last season with five, came through again for Clarkson when she took a pass from Ambrose along the right boards and fired a shot up and under the crossbar at 16:36 for her 30th career goal. Freshman defenseman Renata Fast (Burlington, ONT) also assisted, picking up her first point as a Golden Knight..
Audio of Skirrow's game-winning goal
Both teams recorded 26 shots on goal. Howe, who blanked the Saints on Friday with a 32-save effort, finished with 24 stops, including 10 over the final 20 minutes. Carmen MacDonald made 23 saves for St. Lawrence.
The Knights went 1-of-5 on the power play and killed off seven of the Saints’ man-advantage opportunities.