Providence, RI – Sophomore Olivia Howe (Moose Jaw, SASK) tallied a goal and two assists as the 5th/6th- ranked Clarkson University Women's Hockey team defeated the Brown University Bears 4-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The win improves the Golden Knights to 17-4-3 (8-2-2 ECAC Hockey) on the season, while the loss drops the Bears to 2-13-4 (1-9-2 ECAC Hockey). Clarkson is now tied with Quinnipiac for third in the conference while Brown remains tied for last.
"Our team did a great job generating a lot of opportunities for ourselves this weekend," stated Clarkson co-Head Coach Matt Desrosiers. "We ran into a couple great goaltenders who were on top of their game but we did a good job maintaining our focus and applying pressure. Whenever your team can put up 50 plus shots each game on the weekend, you are doing a lot of things well."
In the last meeting between the two teams in November the Knights outshot the Bears 54-11 but could only muster one goal and came away with a 1-1 tie. Scoring would not be a problem in this game as Clarkson struck early and often to run away from Brown.
Freshman Genevieve Bannon (Candiac, QUE) got the scoring started at the 15:47 mark in the first period with a power-play goal. Assisted by Howe, the goal was the second with the man advantage of the weekend for Clarkson. The goal is the eighth of the year for Bannon.
The shots were once again very lopsided as the Green and Gold outshot Brown 21-4 in the first period, as well as holding a 14-5 faceoff advantage.
The scoring continued at the 6:31 mark of the second period, as this time Bannon found Howe with help from junior Jennifer Shields (Ingersoll, ONT) to give the Knights a 2-0 lead. Howe now has six goals on the season.
Clarkson would really put some distance between the two squads one minute later as senior captain Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) took a pass from Howe and beat Brown goaltender Aubree Moore for her eighth goal of the season to put the Knights up 3-0.
The Clarkson defense once again held Brown to only four shots in the second period, and held a 38-8 advantage through two periods.
Brown would get on the board at the 14:51 mark of the third period as Alli Rolandelli beat senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) to make the score 3-1, but the Bears would not score again.
Senior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) would add an empty net goal with an assist from sophomore Reneta Fast (Burlington, ONT) to reach the final of 4-1. Rattray is now tied for the most goals in program history with 67 career scores.
Aided by her defense, Howe only needed 14 saves to pick up the victory for the Knights, her 17th win of the season. The Knights are now unbeaten in six straight games, going 5-0-1 in that time.
Clarkson has now killed 35 straight power-play opportunities for opponents and have only allowed six goals all season when down a man.
In two games this season Clarkson outshot Brown 103-26.