Clarkson women's hockey wins 7th straight with 3-2 OT victory vs RPI
One of the top lines in women's college hockey combined for all three Clarkson University goals as the Golden Knights won their seventh straight with a 3-2 overtime triumph against Rensselaer in ECAC Hockey action at Cheel Arena on Friday night.
Clarkson, which improves to 18-3-1 and to 9-2 in ECAC Hockey action, will host Union College on Saturday afternoon in a 3:00 p.m. contest."Tonight was a game where I thought we did some good things, but also had some moments where we got a little sloppy," stated Head Coach Matt Desrosier. "Heading into tomorrow we need to make sure we are a little sharper and get more hungry around the net. We put up a lot of shots and were able to create some rebounds, but were unable to find loose pucks to capitalize on. It was great to pull out the win though as every point is going to matter down the stretch."
Junior left wing Loren Gabel (Kitchener, ONT) came through for the game-winning goal, connecting just 19 seconds into the extra session. Gabel scored her 16th of the season, finishing off a passing combination from freshman linemate Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) and sophomore defenseman Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, ONT) on a shot from the right side of the net.
RPI (7-11-5, 4-5-2) forced overtime with an extra attacker goal with 1:09 remaining in the third as Jaimie Grigsby scored during a scramble in front.
Sophomore center Michaela Pejzlova (Pardubice, Czech Rep.) extended her point-scoring streak to 13 games with the opening goal, an unassisted tally at 3:24 of the first for her 17th goal of the season.
RPI tied the game with a goal by Blake Orosz off an Engineer's faceoff win at 5:04, but just 64 seconds later the Green and Gold regained the lead. Giguere, the Knights' rookie sensation finished off assists from Gabel and Pejzlova, tipping in her 15th goal of the season give the Green and Gold a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes.
Clarkson outshot the Engineers 44-26. Senior Shea Tiley (Owen Sound, ONT) recorded her 97th career victory with 24 saves. Lovisa Selander made 41 stops for RPI.
Both teams were 0-of-2 on the power play.