Potsdam, NY – Junior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) recorded her 100th career point for the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team in a game with plenty of offensive fireworks as the Golden Knights cruised to a 5-0 victory over Dartmouth College in front of 173 fans Saturday afternoon at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights earned their 20th victory of the season to improve to 20-6-0 overall and 12-2-0 in ECAC Hockey, while Dartmouth fell to 12-7-3 and 7-6-2. It was the fifth time in 10 seasons that Clarkson has reached the 20-win mark.
Clarkson dominated the early going, not allowing a legitimate shot on goal (the Big Green’s first shot on goal came from over 100 feet away) until the game was 11 minutes old. By that point, Clarkson was already on the scoreboard, having lit the lamp at the 2:02 mark. Junior Vanessa Gagnon (St. Constant, QUE) redirected a shot from near the blue line for her fourth goal of the season, with assists going to Hailey Wood (Lethbridge, ALB) and Shelby Nisbet (Wiseton, SASK). The Knights gained a second goal on the power play 10 minutes later when Rattray sent a pass from right circle to Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) at the left circle to begin the play. Styner then scooted a pass through several defenders in the slot and found Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) near the post and the junior knocked in her fourth goal of the weekend, all from the same spot on the ice.
Dartmouth had its chances with a 5-on-3 for 1:15, sending several shots on the Clarkson net in that span, but Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) turned them all aside to maintain the early shutout.
In the second period, the Big Green continued to get chances with an extra skater, but came up short in their attempts. Through 40 minutes, Dartmouth had 14 shots on goal, with eight coming on the power play. Conversely, Clarkson gained a more significant advantage by capitalizing on nearly all of its lucky bounces. Freshman Shannon MacAulay (Mt. Herbert, PEI) had a shot ricochet off her leg and into the goal at 12:05, with Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT) gaining an assist. Just two minutes later at 14:13, the Knights increased their lead to 4-0 when Jamie Lee Rattray got control of the puck near center ice and created an odd-man rush on the penalty kill, with Brittany Styner finishing off the pass from Rattray from across the slot. Only 39 seconds later, Clarkson recorded yet another goal with MacAulay flipped a shot over the stick side shoulder of Dartmouth goaltender Lindsay Holdcroft. Earning the assists on Clarkson’s fifth marker of the game were Skirrow and Christine Lambert (Thetford Mines, QUE).
In the third period, the two teams combined for just six shots in the first 11 minutes, but thanks to numerous penalties, Clarkson had to hold off the Big Green on the power play for the final 3:23 of the contest. Howe continued to come up big even with the result no longer in doubt, finishing with 22 saves for her fifth shutout of the season.
Holdcroft made 17 saves as Clarkson and Dartmouth each recorded 22 shots in the game. The Golden Knights skated down a player for nearly an entire period, but held the Big Green scoreless in 10 power play chances. Clarkson converted once in its five power-play opportunities.
With her two assists, Rattray hit the 100-point mark in her 94th career game, becoming only the six player in Clarkson's 10-year-history to top the century mark. Classmate Carly Mercer is currently one point shy of joining Rattray in the 100-point club.