North Dakota nips Clarkson womens hockey for series split
Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 10:44 pm

Grand Forks, ND - With two power-play goals midway through the third period, North Dakota took advantage of the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team's penalties to come from behind for a 3-2 victory over the fourth-ranked Golden Knights Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Knights saw its three-game winning streak snapped and moved to 8-2 on the season, while ninth-ranked North Dakota evened its mark at 5-5 on the year. Clarkson returns to ECAC Hockey action next weekend when it hosts Yale and Brown at Cheel Arena.

Clarkson scored the first goal of the contest at the midpoint of the first period when junior Vanessa Plante (Riviere-du-Loup, QUE) notched her first goal of the season on a shot from the point. Plante rifled the shot through three players as North Dakota goaltender Shelby Amsley-Benzie was screened, and the puck hit the top corner of the net over the goalie's glove side for a 1-0 Clarkson lead. Christine Lambert (Thetford Mines, QUE) earned her third assist of the season on the goal.

North Dakota tied things up early in the second period on a controversial goal. Jocelyne Lamoureux crashed the net after a shot for her 10th score of the year. Though the Clarkson coaches wanted interference whistled, the call never came and the home team evened things up at 3:16. The Knights regained the lead eight-plus minutes later when Plante went to the point again and came away with the same result, her second goal of the season and just the fourth of her career. Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) and Vanessa Gagnon (St. Constant, QUE) each picked up assists on the power-play goal.

Clarkson entered Saturday's game averaging just over 10 minutes of penalties per game, but the third period saw the Knights nearly match that total. The infractions would come back to haunt Clarkson as North Dakota scored a pair of power play goals in a span of 2:31 to tie and then take the lead. Lamoureaux scored on a one-timer at the 9:05 mark, just 29 seconds into the extra-skater advantage to tie the game, and Meghan Dufault deflected in a pass on the doorstep at the 11:36 mark with only 32 seconds remaining in another power play opportunity.

The two teams finished with 25 shots apiece, and both had plenty of time in the penalty box. Clarkson had 24 minutes of penalties and North Dakota had 20. The hosts went 2-for-10 on the power play while the Knights went 1-for-8. Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) made 22 saves for Clarkson and Amsley-Benzie made 23 stops for North Dakota.