Knights women's hockey skates by Saints 6-0
Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 9:42 am

Canton, NY – Jamie Lee Rattray's (Kanata, ONT) two goals powered the sixth-ranked Clarkson University Women's Hockey team by rival St. Lawrence University 6-0 on Friday evening.

The Golden Knights improve to 15-4-2 (6-2-1 ECAC Hockey) while the Saints drop to 6-12-1 (5-3-1 ECAC Hockey). The win is the third of the year for ClarksonErica Howe picked up her second straight shutout and eighth whitewash of the season in the win at St. Lawrence - photo by Jim MeagherErica Howe picked up her second straight shutout and eighth whitewash of the season in the win at St. Lawrence - photo by Jim Meagher against St. Lawrence and the two teams will square off again tomorrow afternoon, this time hosted by the Knights at Cheel Arena at 3:00 pm.

With two goals and an assist, Rattray is now tied with Britney Selina '10 for most career points at Clarkson with 148. The two goals move her total to 65, leaving her three goals shy of becoming the all-time goal scorer in school history.

The shutout is senior Erica Howe's (Ottawa, ONT) eighth on the season, three more than any other goaltender in the country. She stopped all 21 shots she faced to pick up her 15th win on the season.

"Tonight was a great win for us to start the second half of the season off with," stated Clarkson co-head coach Matt Desrosiers. "Whenever you have a chance to play against your rivals the intensity of game always goes up a notch or two. I thought our team did a great job maintaining our focus and intensity right from the opening face off. We did a lot of things well tonight that you need to do come the end of the year if you want to win games. A lot of players stepped up their game tonight and we got some big saves when we needed them from Erica. It was a tremendous full team effort tonight."

Both teams came out aggressively, and the first seven minutes were constantly back and forth from one end to the other. The Knights finally had a long possession on the offensive end, taking a handful of shots form all over the ice. Multiple redirections in front of the net went just wide of the goal, and St. Lawrence goaltender Carmen MacDonald had to work hard to keep Clarkson off the board.

At the 12:40 mark in the first half, sophomore Olivia Howe (Moose Jaw, SASK) passed along the board in front of the Clarkson bench into the attacking zone, and senior Rattray outskated a Saints defender to create a breakaway. Skating right up the middle of the ice, Rattray fired a wrist shot by MacDonald to put the Knights up 1-0.

The Clarkson defense prevented a number of shots from getting to Erica Howe using a combination of poke checks and seven blocked shots. The Knights outshot the Saints 22-9 in the first period, including six shots from Rattray, and won 11 of 17 face-offs.

Three minutes into the second period, a furious charge from St. Lawrence led to a flurry of bodies in front of the Clarkson net, but although the puck trickled through the crease, the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Knights.

Seconds later, after winning the ensuing face-off, Clarkson would double its lead as sophomore Shannon MacAulay (Mt. Herbert, PEI) took a pass from senior Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) and beat MacDonald to put the Green and Gold up 2-0.

Five minutes into the second period the Knights would have to go on the penalty kill for the first time on the evening. Multiple blocked shots and saves from Howe proved why Clarkson has the second best penalty kill in the country, and the Saints once again were left off the scoreboard.

Just over halfway through the second period the Knights would add to their lead. Following an offensive zone face-off win, Rattray controlled the puck behind the St. Lawrence net. After passing to senior Vanessa Gagnon (St. Constant, QUE) behind the net, Styner set up in front of the goal and took a pass from Gagnon before shooting a wrist shot by the outstretched blocked of MacDonald to make the game 3-0.

The Saints best opportunity in the period came with six minutes to play, but Howe turned away a shot from in front of the net with a kick save to keep St. Lawrence scoreless.

Just over a minute into the third period Rattray struck again, although a video review was needed confirm the goal. Rattray's shot was deflected high in the air by a St. Lawrence defender and landed over the head of MacDonald in the net. The goal was initially waved off, but a review overturned the call and put the Knights ahead 4-0.

Less than a minute later senior Vanessa Plante (Riviere-du-Loup, QUE) found Gagnon along the left side of the net, and her slap shot deflected off the far post and in for Clarkson's fifth goal of the game.

With just under three minutes to play freshman Genevieve Bannon (Candiac, QUE) added an empty net goal with assists from seniors Shelby Nisbet (Wiseton, SASK) and Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) to put the Knights up 6-0.

Clarkson once again did not allow a power-play goal, stopping all three attempts by the Saints. The Knights took more than twice as many shots, outshooting St. Lawrence 44-21 on the evening.