Hanover, NH – Three goals in the final period lifted the 5th-ranked Clarkson University Women's Hockey team over Dartmouth University 6-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The win improves the Golden Knights to 23-4-5 (14-2-4 ECAC Hockey) while the loss drops the Big Green to 7-18-1 (6-13-1). Clarkson remains one point behind Cornell for the top spot in the conference with two games remaining. The Knights extend their unbeaten streak to 14 games (11-0-3) with the win.
"We were able to follow up a great effort last night with another good team win tonight," stated Clarkson co-head coach Matt Desrosiers. "We showed off our depth tonight as we had a pretty balanced scoring attack and everyone contributing in a lot of different areas. We need to carry the effort and focus we had this weekend into our last 2 regular season games and throughout playoffs. We are definitely extremely happy with everything the team was able to bring to the table this weekend."
The power-play was a major factor in the first period for Clarkson as the Knights struck twice with the extra skater. At the 8:22 mark senior Vanessa Gagnon (St. Constant, QUE) found the back of the net with help from freshman Genevieve Bannon (Candiac, QUE) and senior captain Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) for her 13th goal of the year to give the Knights the 1-0 lead.
Clarkson would score again at the 16:44 mark as sophomore Shannon MacAulay (Mt. Herbert, PEI) scored her second goal of the weekend and 9th of the season to double the Knight's lead to 2-0 after one period. Mercer and sophomore Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) assisted on the play.
The Big Green would find the scoreboard at 11:52 in the second period as Eleni Tebano beat senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) for a power-play goal to cut the Clarkson lead in half, but Dartmouth would not remain in striking distance for long.
The Knights would pick up the scoring in the third period as sophomore Olivia Howe (Moose Jaw, SASK) beat Dartmouth goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft just one minute into the period to extend the Clarkson lead. The goal is Howe's 7th on the season and Mercer recorded her third assist of the game on the play.
Just over a minute later at the 2:06 mark the Knights would put the Big Green away for good. Senior Shelby Nisbet (Wiseton, SASK) tallied her 6th goal of the season with help from Bannon to give the Knights a 4-1 lead.
Clarkson would add a third power-play goal in the game at the 9:49 when Bannon tallied her first goal of the game. Olivia Howe and senior Vanessa Plante (Riviere-du-Loup, QUE) assisted on the score.
Bannon scored again 17:09 for her 10th goal of the season.
Clarkson was 3-5 on the power-play while Dartmouth was 1-5 with the man-advantage. The Knights outshot the Big Green 39-27. and Howe stopped 26 shots for the victory.