Boston, MA - Goals from Gabrielle Kosziwka (Limehouse, ONT) and Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT) of nearly were enough to topple fifth-ranked Boston University, but the Terriers took advantage of three penalties on the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team to hold off the Golden Knights, 3-2, in non-league action Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights dropped a pair of one-goal contests on the weekend to fall to 1-6-1 overall, while the Terriers improved to 6-1-0. Clarkson opens ECAC Hockey play next weekend when it hosts Union College and Rensselaer.
The Knights and Boston University played even in the first period as Clarkson held a narrow 9-8 edge in shots in the first 20 minutes. More importantly, the Green and Gold were the first to tally when they scored midway through the stanza. Kosziwka scored her first of the season at the 10:26 mark with assists going to Amanda Lucky (Kanata, ONT) and Daris Tendler (Verwood, SASK).
Boston controlled the final 40 minutes, out shooting the Knights 43-8. Two of the 19 shots in the second period from the Terriers found the back of the net. Tara Watchorn tied the score at 5:29, and Taylor Holze scored the go-ahead goal with just a minute remaining in the frame. A power-play marker at the start of the third period by Marie-Philip Poulin proved to be the game-winner, but Clarkson was far from finished. Despite trailing 24-4 in shots in the period, and having to overcome three penalties that put the Knights down a skater, Clarkson was able to come back to within a goal early on as Danielle Skirrow scored her team-high third of the season at 4:42. Assists were awarded to Juana Baribeau (Amos, QUE) and Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT). Any hope of a comeback was squashed late when the Knights were whistled for a penalty with 2:30 remaining in the game.
Senior Lauren Dahm (Baldwinsville, NY) posted a career-high 48 saves against the Terriers, and Kerrin Sperry made 15 stops for Boston. Clarkson was scoreless in five power-play chances, while Boston went 1-for-4.