Sixth-ranked Knights win third straight women's hockey game
Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 1:07 am

A pair of second-period specialty-team goals sparked the sixth-ranked Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team past Colgate on Friday night as the Golden Knights went on to defeat the Raiders 3-1 in ECAC Hockey action at Starr Rink.

The Golden Knights, who stand at 18-5 overall and 10-1 in ECAC Hockey, will look to extend their three-game winning streak when they face off at fourth-ranked Cornell at Lynah Rink in Ithaca on Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Trailing Colgate (6-14-2, 1-8-2) 1-0 after the opening 20 minutes, Clarkson regrouped during the first-period intermission and came out with a determined effort in the middle frame.

Senior Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT) started the Green and Gold’s scoring with her 11th goal of the season, a shorthanded marker at 8:43 with junior Shelby Nisbet (Wiseton, SASK) assisting. At 13:13, defenseman Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT), the nation’s leading rookie offensive force from the blueline, put the Knights in the lead with her third goal of the year, a power-play marker, with junior captain Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) picking up the assist on the game-winning goal. Mercer now has 95 career points (31-64).

Clarkson added an insurance goal early in the third frame as sophomore Christine Lambert (Thetford Mines, QUE) tallied her third goal of the year with Ambrose and sophomore defenseman Jennifer Shields (Ingersoll, ONT) assisting.

The Knights, who avenged their only league loss of the season, suffered on December 1 in Potsdam to Colgate, outshot the Raiders 27-18. Junior Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT), reigning ECAC Goaltender of the Week, picked up her 49th career victory in the Clarkson net, tying the program’s all-time win mark.

Colgate took a 1-0 first-period lead with a power-play tally from Jocelyn Simpson at 11:44.

The Knights were 1-of-6 on the power play, while Colgate was 1-of-5 with the man-advantage.