Erie, PA - Junior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) continued on her hot streak Friday night, scoring two goals and assisted on an insurance marker as the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team remained unbeaten with a 3-0 shutout over seventh-ranked Mercyhurt at the Mercyhurst Ice Arena.
The Golden Knights, currently ranked fifth in the country in a pair of polls, improved to 5-0-0 on the season while the Lakers lost their first game of the year and are now 5-1-1. The two teams will face off against one another again on Saturday afternoon.
Clarkson was out shot 28-17 in the final two periods, but it was in the opening stanza that the Golden Knights did the most damage. Rattray and the Knights took advantage of Mercyhurst penalties in the early going, as the Lakers were whistled for too many players on the ice at 7:02. With just 44 seconds remaining in the power play opportunity, Rattray converted what would prove to be the game-winning goal with assists coming from Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) and Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT). The same trio would hook up again less than four minutes later, this time on a 5-on-3 power play. Mercyhurst was picked for hooking penalties just three seconds apart (10:58 and 11:01), and Clarkson was able to use the two-man leverage to its advantage at 11:54 with Rattray scoring her sixth goal of the season and Mercer and Ambrose again assisting.
Another timely goal ended up as the final score for the Knights as once again they converted on the power play. Senior Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT) scored her fourth goal of the season at 4:34 of the second period, just 45 seconds after Mercyhurst was called for interference. Rattray and Ambrose gained assists on the goal, with the helper being Ambrose's third of the game and sixth of the season.
Though the Knights took advantage of the Mercyhurst penalties, they were stingy in the six instances in which they were named for infractions, holding the Lakers to 0-for-6 on the power play. Clarkson was 3-for-6 with an extra skater.
Junior Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) gained her second shutout of the season and the 11th of her career with 36 saves in the game. Amanda Makela made 24 stops for Mercyhurst.