Princeton, NJ - It took extra time for the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team to maintain its winning streak in ECAC Hockey play, but the Golden Knights needed just 93 seconds to keep the streak alive as Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) scored in overtime to give the Green and Gold a 2-1 win over Princeton University Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights, ranked third in the country, moved to a flawless 6-0-0 in league contests and to 12-2-0 overall, while the Tigers fell to 3-5-2 overall and 1-5-2 in league games. Clarkson will now have two weeks off before facing arguably its biggest and most important challenge of the early season. The Knights take on second-ranked Cornell on November 30th at Cheel Arena.
In the early going there didn't seem to be a lot of difference between Clarkson and Princeton as the two teams at the opposite ends of the standings battled with only seven shots apiece in the first period. However, the Knights would make the most of one of those chances as junior Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) converted with less than two minutes to go in the first period. Classmate Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) picked up the assist.
Following a scoreless second period, Clarkson tried to pick up an insurance goal, but was stopped at each opportunity by the Tigers' defense and Princeton goaltender Kimberly Newell. Princeton took advantage of one of its few third-period chances when freshman defender Renata Fast (Burlington, ONT) was whistled for tripping at 11:24, giving the Tigers a rare penalty shot. Princeton's Kelly Cooke did not disappoint the local fans as she finished off the one-on-one opportunity to tie the score at 1-1.
Despite the game-tying goal by Princeton, it was Clarkson that seemed to have momentum in the extra session. Clarkson held Princeton without a shot in the first minute and a half, while picking up three on the offensive end, including the game-winner from the team's leading goal scorer Jamie Lee Rattray. The junior scored her team-best 13th goal of the year, and fourth of the weekend, with 93 seconds expired from overtime with Carly Mercer and Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) each earning their team-best 16th assists.
Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) was flawless in the Clarkson net, besides the penalty shot, and made 14 saves to improve to 11-2 on the season. Newell made 29 stops for Princeton.
The Golden Knights had a 31-22 edge in shots and both teams were scoreless on the power play, with Clarkson going 0-for-4 and Princeton finishing off its three extra-skater chances without a goal.