Clarkson's women look to move up in ECAC hockey standings
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 9:46 pm

With ECAC Hockey action in full swing, the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team will look to move up in the league standings and establish a solid hold on one of the top eight spots in the conference. Coming off a weekend split in New England, the Golden Knights return to Cheel Arena to host Yale on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Brown on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Guided by third-year co-head coaches Matt and Shannon Desrosiers and assistant coach Matt Kelly, Clarkson owns a 7-13-3 overall record and is in a three-way tie for eighth-place in the conference standings with a 4-6-1 league mark.

The Knights picked up their first win of the New Year and snapped a four-game losing skid with a 3-2 overtime triumph at Dartmouth this past Friday. Clarkson, however, fell just short in its bid for a weekend sweep as Harvard held off the Green and Gold to gain a 3-2 victory in Cambridge, MA on Saturday.

Clarkson, which is 4-5-2 at Cheel Arena this season, plays six of its next eight games in Potsdam.

Senior Melissa Waldie (Newmarket, ONT) leads the Clarkson offense with 15 points on nine goals and six assists. Waldie, who recorded two assists in the win at Dartmouth, is the Knights’ second all-time scorer with 112 points (61-51) through 135 career games.

Junior Juana Baribeau (Amos, QUE), who netted the overtime game-winner against the Big Green, is second on the Clarkson scoring chart with 12 points (5-7). Through 99 career games, she has tallied 82 points (41-41). Freshman Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) is Clarkson’s leading playmaker with nine assists and rounds out the Knights’ double-point scorers with 11. Classmate Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) was named ECAC Rookie of the Week after recording four points over the weekend with one goal and one assist against both Harvard and Dartmouth.

Senior Lauren Dahm (Baldwinsville, NY) has started 14 games this season in the Clarkson crease and holds a .918 save percentage, a 2.63 goals against average and a 4-9-1 record, including one shutout. Dahm has set the school-record for career wins with a 49-34-12 record and has tied the Clarkson mark for career shutouts with 20 whitewashes.

Coming off a career-high 33 saves in the win over Dartmouth, freshman Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) has played in 12 games, including starts in seven of the last 11 games. She posts a .931 save percentage, a 1.75 GAA and a 3-4-2 record, including one shutout.

Yale, guided by first-year head coach Joakim Flygh, returns to action after having last weekend off. The Bulldogs last played on January 8 when they defeated Colgate 3-1 in New Haven to snap a three-game losing slide. Yale owns a 5-10-2 overall record and is tied with Clarkson and Colgate for eighth in the league with a 4-5-1 conference mark. The Bulldogs are 1-5-2 in away games.

Brown, which played a pair of games at national powerhouse Mercyhurst in Erie, PA over the weekend, losing 6-0 and 12-0, has gone 0-9-1 since tying Clarkson 1-1 on November 19. The Bears, guided by long-time coach Digit Murphy, have been shut out in six of their last seven games. Brown, which plays at St. Lawrence on Friday, enters the North Country with a 2-12-3 overall record and an 11th-place 1-6-3 ECAC Hockey mark.