Two of the top players in the nation came to the forefront for the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team on Friday night in Hamden, CT as juniors Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) and Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) led the third-ranked Golden Knights to a 4-1 victory over Quinnipiac in ECAC Hockey action at High Points Solutions Arena.
Clarkson, which won its third straight game, improved its record to 11-2 overall and to 5-0-0 in ECAC Hockey play. The Golden Knights close out the weekend on the road with a 4:00 p.m. game at Princeton on Saturday.
The Knights’ leading scorer Rattray recorded her second career hat trick as the Green and Gold overcame an early 1-0 deficit. Howe matched her season high for saves with 36 stops, 12 in each period.
The Bobcats (6-5-2, 3-3-1) grabbed the initial lead with a power-play marker from Erica Uden Johansson at 13:05 of the first, but Clarkson came right back to tie the 1-1 after the first. Rattray started the Knights’ scoring with a power-play marker at 17:31. Junior captain Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) and freshman defenseman Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) assisted.
Rattray opened the middle frame with her second goal of the night and her fourth game-winner of the season just 1:55 into the period. Mercer again recorded the primary assist. Rookie defenseman Renata Fast (Burlington, ONT) also set up the goal.
Clarkson added a pair of insurance scores in the third period to stretch their unbeaten streak over Quinnipiac in Hamden to seven games (6-0-1). Senior Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT) netted her eighth goal of the season at 10:46, finishing off assists from sophomore Christine Lambert (Thetford Mines, QUE) and freshman Shannon MacAulay (Mt. Herbert, PEI). Rattray closed out her hat trick with her team-high 12th goal of the year, and empty-net score with two seconds remaining.
Quinnipiac outshot the Knights 37-25. Clarkson was 1-of-3 on the power play and killed off three of the four Bobcat man-advantages.