New Haven, CT – Senior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) tallied a goal and an assist as the 5th/6th-ranked Clarkson University Women's Hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie with the Yale University Bulldogs on Friday evening.
The Golden Knights now stand at 16-4-3 (7-2-2 ECAC Hockey), good for 16 points and four behind leader Cornell. The Bulldogs are now 6-10-3 (4-5-2 ECAC Hockey), good for 10 points. Clarkson will remain on the road to take on Brown University tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 pm.
"I'm really happy with the way the team played and competed tonight," stated Clarkson Co-Head Coach Matt Desrosiers. "The effort was there the entire game. I really liked the way we responded after a couple of their goals getting one back ourselves and controlling the play. Even after a couple tough bounces we were still able to stay composed and work hard to generate a lot of good scoring chances. Obviously we are disappointed in the results, but are happy with the effort and the way this team is playing right now. We really like the direction the team is heading."
With her second-period goal, Rattray now has the most points in program history with 150 for her career on 66 goals and 84 assists in 129 games. She is two goals shy of breaking the all-time scoring record.
After whitewashing the Bulldogs 7-0 earlier in the season, the Knights were faced with much more of a challenge throughout the game. Despite outshooting Yale 17-4 in the first period, it was the home team that struck first.
A high sticking penalty against Yale at the 18:07 mark put the Knights on a power-play, but Phoebe Staenz won the ensuing faceoff and found Jamie Haddad, who beat senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) for the shorthanded goal to give Yale the 1-0 lead. The goal was the first score Howe has allowed in 156:55 minutes, breaking her streak of two straight shutouts.
Just over a minute later the Knights would get even as sophomore Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) notched her sixth power-play goal of the season. Senior Vanessa Gagnon (St. Constant, QUE) and freshman Genevieve Bannon (Candiac, QUE) assisted on the play. Ambrose now leads the country in power-play goals and points per game for defensemen.
The second period was much of the same, as Clarkson outshot Yale 21-9 in the period. With less than two minutes to play, Rattray broke the tie as she scored with help from Ambrose to put the Knights ahead 2-1 after two periods.
The lead would not last, as the Bulldogs' Gretchen Tarrant would beat Howe to tie the game at the 5:57 mark of the second period.
Clarkson would regain the lead less than two minutes later, as Gagnon and Rattray found senior Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB), who beat Yale goaltender Jamie Leonoff to give the Knights a 3-2 lead with just under 13 minutes to play in the third period.
Yale would once again tie the game midway through the third period, as Staenz scored to knot the game at 3-3.
The Knights outshot the Bulldogs 55-24 on the evening and did not allow a power-play goal in three shorthanded situations. Howe recorded 21 saves for Clarkson.