Potsdam, NY – Goaltending was the story on this night as the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team tied the visiting Brown Bears 1-1 on Friday evening at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights now stand at 6-2-2 (1-1-1 ECAC Hockey) and will stay at home to take on the Yale Bulldogs tomorrow at 4:00 pm. The Bears are now 1-1-1 (0-0-1 ECAC Hockey) and will stay on the road to take on St. Lawrence tomorrow afternoon.
Despite outshooting the Bears 54-11, including 24-1 in the third period, the Knights were only able to find the scoreboard one time in the game.
"I thought the effort tonight was very good again but our Achilles heal lately has been our inability to capitalize on our opportunities," stated co-head coach Matt Desrosiers. "We are very happy with the amount and quality of the scoring chances we are creating but in the last three games we have put up over 140 shots and only come away with five goals. We are not giving up much on the defensive side but it's tough when you aren't scoring and asking your defense to be near perfect. We just need to work through it right now and continue to keep creating those scoring chances for ourselves."
Senior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) put the Knights on the board in the first period at the 13:35 mark with help from classmates Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) and Vanessa Gagnon (St. Constant, QUE) to give the Green and Gold the 1-0 lead. Rattray left a pass for Styner at the blue line, who took it into the attacking zone, spun around, and dished it back to Rattray who fired it by Brown goaltender Aubree Moore for the goal. The goal is Rattray's sixth of the season and Styner picked up her seventh assist on the play.
Clarkson dominated puck possession in the first period, and outshot the Bears 17-5. Senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) was tested once after a turnover in the defensive zone led to a point-blank shot for Brown, but Howe smothered it to preserve the lead.
Brown tied the game at 4:50 in the second period when Erin Conway fired a shot on net that was handled by Howe, but Ariana Rucker was there for the rebound to beat Howe and knot the game at one a piece.
The second period was back and forth, and both teams only combined for 12 shots with Clarkson outshooting Brown 8-4.
Applying the pressure early in the third period, Clarkson fired multiple shots on net but Moore made a diving stop and 15 seconds later sophomore Renata Fast (Burlington, ONT) hit the post, keeping the game tied at one.
Brown's best chance in the third period came with under four minutes to play when Brittany Moorehead took a self-pass off the boards in her defensive end and carried the puck toward Howe, but her shot was denied and the game remained tied.
Clarkson had all of the scoring chances in the extra session, as they outshot the Bears 5-0, but overtime came and went without either team scoring.
Moore has now stopped 107 shots over her last two games for Brown.
Power play opportunities were few and far between this evening, as Clarkson held the man-advantage only one time, and Brown had an extra skater two times. Neither team was able to capitalize on the night.