Schenectady, NY –Senior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) tallied a goal and four assists as the 4th/5th-ranked Clarkson University Women's Hockey team cruised by the Union College Dutchwomen 5-0 on Friday evening at Messa Rink.
The win moves the Golden Knights to 20-4-3 (11-2-2 ECAC Hockey) on the season while the loss drops the Dutchwomen to 8-18-1 (3-12). This is the third straight 20-win season for the Green and Gold and sixth overall in the program's 11-year history. Clarkson wraps up an unbeaten January (6-0-1) and remains three points behind leader Harvard as the Crimson picked up a road win over Princeton tonight.
"We are extremely happy with the energy the team came out with tonight and maintained throughout the entire game," stated Clarkson co-head coach Matt Desrosiers. "Our power play moved the puck around very well and were able to finish off a few nice plays. It was great to see everyone focused, working hard, and having fun tonight. We are going to need the same great effort tomorrow against a hard working RPI team."
Defensively, senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) recorded her nation-leading 10th shutout on the season, but she was rarely tested as the Knights completely dominated possession of the puck throughout the game. The Dutchwomen attempted seven shots in the first period and would not record another shot for the rest of the game.
Clarkson wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as senior Vanessa Gagnon (St. Constant, QUE) took passes from classmates Rattray and Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) in front of the net and beat Union goaltender Madeleine Dahl at the 2:45 mark to give the Knights the 1-0 lead. The goal is Gagnon's 11th of the season.
The Knights would get on the board again at the 13:20 mark as Styner received passes from Rattray and captain Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) and netter a power-play goal to give Clarkson the 2-0 lead. The score is Styner's ninth on the season.
Beginning the period on the wrong end of a 5-on-4 advantage, the Knights quickly killed off the Union power-play without allowing the Dutchwomen to record a shot.
That trend would continue as the Clarkson defense would not allow Union to tally a single shot in the second period. The Knights outshot the Dutchwomen 20-0 in the second period and Gagnon would add a late goal at the 18:11 mark to put the Knights up 3-0 after 40 minutes. Rattray and Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) were credited with assists on Gagnon's 12th goal of the season.
The Knights continued to pile on to start the third period, as a tripping penalty assessed to Dahl right at the end of the second period led to the second power-play goal of the game for Clarkson. Carly Mercer capitalized on the man-advantage with help from Rattray and senior Vanessa Plante (Riviere-du-Loup, QUE) for her 11th goal of the season that gave the Knights a 4-0 lead.
Rattray would add a fifth and final goal with assists from Styner and Ambrose. Entering the game with a nation-high 42 points, Rattray tallied a career-high five points on the evening.
The final shot count ended at 50-7 in favor of the Knights. Clarkson was 3-4 on the power-play and killed the only power-play opportunity for Union.