Potsdam, NY – Senior Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) collected her 100th career point as the 3rd-ranked Clarkson University Women's Hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie with 8th/9th-ranked Quinnipiac University on Friday evening at Cheel Arena
The Golden Knights are now 21-4-4 (12-2-3 ECAC Hockey), while the Bobcats now stand at 17-4-8 (8-3-6). Clarkson is now unbeaten in 11 straight games (19-0-2) and falls to three points behind Harvard for the top spot in the conference with five games to play.
The Bobcats entered the game the least penalized team in the country, averaging just 6.4 penalty minutes per game, but the Knights turned the first two power-play opportunities into goals to take and regain the lead.
Clarkson struck immediately as a body-checking penalty led to a power-play in the first minute for the Green and Gold. Sophomore Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) controlled the puck at the point and passed to senior captain Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) near the right side of the crease. Mercer found Styner through traffic and Styner slapped the puck by Quinnipiac goaltender Chelsea Laden to give the Knights the 1-0 lead.
The Bobcats would go on the power-play with just over seven minutes to play in the period, but the Knights continued to have success on the penalty kill and kept Quinnipiac off the scoreboard.
The Bobcats would even the score with 12 seconds to play in the first period as Amanda Colin carried the puck up the right side of the ice in front of the Clarkson bench and found Meghan Turner streaking toward the net. Turner took the puck to the left of the crease and beat senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) to tie the game.
At the 6:08 mark in the second period the Knights would score again with another power-play goal. Styner found Rattray in the attacking zone who put a shot on net. The puck trickled slowly through the crease behind Laden and Carly Mercer was there to put away the rebound to give the Knights the lead. The assist was Styner's 100th career point for Clarkson.
Clarkson would not wait long to score again as at the 7:43 mark sophomore Olivia Howe (Moose Jaw, SASK) passed to junior Daniella Matteucci (Fruitvale, BC) in the Quinnipiac zone. Matteucci passed to Carly Mercer out near the blue line, who promptly ripped a shot through traffic and over the glove of Laden to double the Clarkson lead to 3-1.
The Bobcats only managed two shots on goal in the period and the Knights held a 10-8 shot advantage through two periods.
Quinnipiac scored first to start the third period as Nicole Connery and Turner combined to find Colin along the right side of the left side of the Clarkson net. Colin lifted a shot over Howe to cut the Clarkson lead to 3-2.
The Bobcats would strike again at the 3:42 mark as Kelly Babstock fed Colin in the Clarkson zone. Colin passed to Shiann Darkangelo who beat Howe to knot the game at 3-3.
The Knights had multiple chances to regain the lead as sophomore Cayley Mercer (Exeter, ONT) missed wide of the net with a shot and then attempted a wrap-around minutes later but the puck slid behind Laden and through the crease.
Quinnipiac went on the power-play with just under 10 minutes to play in the third period, but the Knights killed it without the Bobcats pressuring Howe.
The game would go to overtime and the Bobcats fired two shots on Howe in the first 12 seconds. The first was turned away but the rebound deflected out to the circle. The next shot was a hard slap shot that Howe stopped with a diving glove safe to keep the score tied at 3-3.
The Bobcats outshot the Knights 18-16 on the evening and Howe recorded 15 saves on the night.