Entering the week just one point out of first place in the ECAC Hockey standings, the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team will look for a sweep on the road in its final regular-season games this weekend. Guided by fifth-year co-head coaches Matt and Shannon Desrosiers and assistant Matt Kelly, the Golden Knights play Dartmouth in Hanover, NH on Friday at 7:00 p.m. then battle nationally-ranked Harvard on Saturday in a 4:00 p.m. contest at Bright Hockey Center in Cambridge, MA.
Clarkson, led by junior captain Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) and senior assistant captain Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT), is in third place in the standings with a 16-4 league mark. The Green and Gold, who can finish no worse than third in the final standings, are one point behind both Cornell and Harvard. After this weekend’s games, the Crimson have a make-up date against Yale, hosting the Bulldogs on February 26.
Ranked 6th/7th in the national polls, Clarkson stands at 24-8 overall. The Knights, who have gone 9-3 in conference action during the New Year, are one victory away from setting the 10-year-old program’s new single-season record for wins. The Clarkson coaching staff is also just one win away from 100 career victories.
Clarkson split in its final regular season games at Cheel Arena this past weekend. On Friday, the Knights fell to Princeton 4-1, but skated away with a 1-0 victory over Quinnipiac on Saturday when Mercer scored the game’s only goal with just 5.1 seconds remaining in regulation play. Junior Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) posted 27 saves in recording her 15th career shutout.
Junior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) leads Clarkson in scoring with 43 points, including a team-high 17 goals. She is just two points shy of setting the new single-season point record for the Knights. Mercer follows with 37 points (14-23).
The top scoring rookie defenseman in the country, Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) is averaging 1.07 points per game with four goals and 26 assists through 28 contests. Rattray and Ambrose are two assists away from establishing the program’s single-season assist mark.
Senior Danielle Skirrow (15-12) and junior Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) (9-17) follow with 27 and 26 points, respectively.
Howe ranks among the top goaltenders in the nation with a .933 save percentage and a 1.65 goals against average. She is tied for second in the country in shutouts with six.
After being shut out by Clarkson 5-0 on January 26, Dartmouth has strung together a five-game (3-0-2) unbeaten streak to move into position for a postseason home playoff berth. The Big Green stand in sixth place, three points out of fourth, with a 10-6-4 league mark. Dartmouth gained three points in Central NY this past weekend, defeating Colgate 3-2 and tying third-ranked Cornell 0-0. The Big Green stand at 15-7-5 overall.
Harvard enters the weekend on a two-game winning streak after defeating Brown 5-2 in Cambridge on Tuesday night. The Crimson are tied for first with three games to play, owning a 16-2-1 ECAC Hockey slate. Ranked fifth in the national polls, Harvard stands at 20-4-2 overall. Harvard, which hosts St. Lawrence on Friday, is 10-0 at Bright Hockey Center.