Cambridge, MA – Sophomores Shannon MacAulay (Mt. Herbert, PEI) and Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) scored both goals as the 5th-ranked Clarkson University Women's Hockey team outlasted the 6th-ranked Harvard University Crimson 2-1 on Friday evening.
The win pushes the Golden Knights to 22-4-5 (13-2-4 ECAC Hockey) while the loss drops the Crimson to 19-4-3 (14-3-2). The two teams are now tied with 30 points, one point behind Cornell for first place with three games to play. The Knights have now gone unbeaten in 13 straight games (10-0-3) and have not lost since early December. The win guarantees the Knights will host a quarterfinal series at Cheel Arena beginning on February 28th, and Clarkson cannot fall below third place in the conference.
"We're really happy with the way the team played tonight," stated Clarkson co-head coach Matt Desrosiers. "You could tell they really wanted this game and knew they needed to bring a good, total team effort against a solid Harvard team. We need to make sure we follow this game up with another strong game tomorrow against Dartmouth."
The Crimson controlled play in the early minutes, as the Knights failed to attempt a shot in the first four minutes. After settling in, Clarkson went on to dominate much of the first period, outshooting Harvard 16-7.
MacAulay got the scoring started at the 5:15 mark as she took a pass from junior Christine Lambert (Thetford Mines, QUE) and beat Harvard goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer for her eighth goal on the season to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.
Entering the game just slightly ahead of the Knights for the best penalty kill percentage in the nation, the Crimson were forced to put it to the test early as a checking penalty led to a Clarkson power-play, but the Crimson showed why they kill 95.5% of opponents' power-plays and kept the Knights in check.
Clarkson would have another power-play opportunity, but it was short lived as the Knights committed a penalty just 10 seconds into it to provide 1:50 of 4-on-4 hockey. Both teams remained scoreless and Harvard managed the only shot on net in that span.
The Crimson would get on the scoreboard just before the end of the first period, as Mary Parker beat senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottata, ONT) with three seconds remaining in the period for her 12th goal of the year to tie the game at 1-1.
A very quick second period saw no goals or penalties, as the Knights outshot the Crimson 11-9 in the second 20 minutes of action.
The beginning of the third period was much of the same, as Clarkson continued to outshoot the Crimson but the game remained deadlocked at one score each. Play picked up when matching roughing after the whistle penalties were called, leading to a 4-on-4 situation with just over 6:30 remaining in the period.
Harvard attempted the first shot but Howe turned it away, and on the other end the nation's top-scoring defender struck for her 11th goal of the season and 43rd point on the year to give the Knights the 2-1 lead and the game-winner at 14:43. MacAulay and Olivia Howe (Moose Jaw, SASK) assisted.
Clarkson had to kill off one more Harvard power-play in the closing minutes of the game, and did so without allowing a shot on net.
The Knights outshot the Crimson 39-22 on the evening, and Howe recorded 21 saves for the victory. Clarkson will look to pick up two more points tomorrow afternoon as they end their road schedule with Dartmouth at 4:00 pm.