Coming off its most productive offensive outing of the season, and winners of four its last five games, the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team takes to the road this weekend with plenty of confidence and momentum. The Golden Knights skated to a 4-1 victory over St. Lawrence University on Tuesday night at Cheel Arena, which extended their unbeaten streak over their archrivals to four games (3-0-1). Clarkson will look to continue its winning ways when it battles Brown University on Friday in Providence, RI, at 7:00 p.m., and Yale on Saturday in New Haven, CT, at 4:00 p.m.
Guided by third-year co-head coaches Matt and Shannon Desrosiers and assistant coach Matt Kelly, the Knights own a 5-7-1 overall record and are perfect in conference play with a 3-0-0 ECAC Hockey mark. Clarkson began league play on October 29-30 by sweeping Union (3-0) and Rensselaer (2-1) in Potsdam. The Green and Gold then split a Friday, home-and-home series with Syracuse University, winning 3-2 in central NY on November 5 and losing 3-1 in Potsdam on November 12 before defeating St. Lawrence for the second time this season this past Tuesday
Junior Juana Baribeau (Amos, QUE) leads Clarkson in scoring with eight points on three goals and five assists through 12 games. Baribeau is looking to become the next Golden Knight to reach the century mark with 78 career points (39-39) through 89 career games. Senior Melissa Waldie (Newmarket, ONT), who has 103 career points (56-47) has tallied four goals and two assists this season. She netted her 17th career game-winning goal in Tuesday’s win over the Saints.
Junior Brittany Mulligan (London, ONT), who scored her first two goals of the season in the victory over St. Lawrence, also has six points this season.
After scoring just one goal as a rookie, Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT) has tallied a team-high five goals in her sophomore campaign. Sophomore defenseman Hailey Wood (Lethbridge, ALB) has enjoyed a solid effort on the blueline along with a productive showing offensively with one goal and four assists.
Senior Lauren Dahm (Baldwinsville, NY) has seen the bulk of the action in the Clarkson crease, starting 10 of the 13 games. She posts a .915 save percentage, a 2.68 goals against average and a 3-6-1 record. Freshman Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) got the start against St. Lawrence and responded with a 27-save effort. Through parts of six games, including three starts, Howe owns a .939 save percentage, a 1.48 GAA and a 2-1 record, including one shutout.
In the midst of a six-game home stand, Brown is playing its best hockey of the season entering Friday’s game. The Bears are 2-0-1 in November after tying Union, 1-1, and defeating Rensselaer, 1-0, at Meehan Auditorium this past weekend. After a season-opening three-game losing skid, Brown posted its first victory of the season with a 5-1 win over Sacred Heart in Providence on November 6. The Bears are 2-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in ECAC Hockey.
Yale, which hosts St. Lawrence on Friday, enters the weekend coming of its first win of the season after defeating Union 4-1 on Saturday at Ingalls Rink. The Bulldogs own a 1-5-2 overall record and are 1-2-1 in the conference. Yale’s other ECAC Hockey point came in a 3-3 tie at Harvard on October 29. The Bulldogs lost to Rensselaer 4-1 on Friday in New Haven.