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Northeastern rallies to edge Clarkson women; SUNY Potsdam prevails

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POTSDAM - A two-goal lead in the third period was erased by three unanswered goals as the second-rated Clarkson University women’s hockey team suffered a tough 4-3 loss to Northeastern University Friday afternoon at Cheel Arena.

The Golden Knights lost their second straight game to a Beantown-foe and fell to 15-5 overall with the loss while ninth-ranked Northeastern improved 11-6-2. Clarkson is currently without junior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT), the team’s leading scorer, and freshman Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT), the team’s top scoring defensemen. The pair is playing with Canada’s National Women’s Under-22/Development Team at the 2013 Meco Cup in Germany this week.

In the second period, the stranglehold by the defense relented as the Knights broke the scoreless tie at the midway point. Lucie Povova was whistled for a hooking penalty at the 10:00 minute mark and Clarkson capitalized by scoring just 29 seconds later. Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) took a shot from the top of the right circle which was stopped, but the rebound came right to the stick of Danielle Skirrow (Trenton, ONT), who finished off the play on the glove side of Chloe Desjardins for her 10th goal of the season. Northeastern responded quickly by evening the score less than three minutes later as center Kelly Wallace collected a pass in the slot and wristed a shot past the glove of Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) at the 13:10 mark.

The Knights caught a break on their second goal of the period as the Huskies were in an offensive transition when Clarkson regained control of the puck. Daniella Matteucci (Fruitvale, BC) stopped the rush and ticked the puck forward from the blue line to center ice where it was just Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) and a Northeastern defender. Mercer saw the puck first and broke in the other direction, gaining possession at the other blue line and skating in alone for the goal with only 2:52 to go.

Clarkson appeared to have all the momentum at the start of the third period, earning a two-goal advantage just three minutes into the frame. In its own defensive end, Clarkson won the faceoff at the right circle and created a quick rush in the other direction. The Knights finished off the play at the other end when Vanessa Gagnon (St. Constant, QUE) tallied her third score of the year, with assists going to Styner and Shelby Nisbet (Wiseton, SASK).

The Huskies were unfazed by the turn of events, however, and responded with a goal only 42 seconds later and took over the remainder of the game. Jordan Hampton scored on Howe’s glove-side from the bottom of the left circle to pull the Huskies within one and Northeastern followed with a pair of goals just two minutes apart in the final nine minutes. Paige Savage sent a pass across the slot to Brittany Esposito and beat a diving Howe on her stick side at 11:32 to tie the score at 3-3, and Savage then completed the Huskies’ comeback by tipping in a slap shot from the point by Jordan Hampton at 13:11.

Howe was busy in the Clarkson net, making 33 saves, as the Huskies out shot the Golden Knights 37-25. Chloe Desjardins made 22 saves for Northeastern. The Huskies had just one power play chance and didn’t score, while the Knights went 1-for-4 with an extra attacker.

SUNY POTSDAM OUTSCORES NICHOLS

The SUNY Potsdam women’s hockey team (4-8-1) scored three third period goals to defeat Nichols College (2-9), 6-4, in the first round of the DoubleTree Ice Hockey Classic in South Burlington, Vermont.

Junior forward Amanda Lucky (Kanata, Ontario) scored two goals, while junior forward Jessica Silveira (Brampton, Ontario) (1g-2a-3pts), junior assistant captain Jenn Crawford (Burlington, Ontario) (0-3-3), and sophomore forward Alexandra Holowka (Winnipeg, Manitoba) (0-3-3) each had three-point nights for the Bears.

Potsdam wasted no time jumping on the Bison. Freshman defenseman Kristen Domanski (Brooklin, Ontario) scored her first career goal with assists from Crawford and Silveira just 3:24 into the contest. The Bears kept the pressure on and doubled their lead at 6:52. Sophomore forward Emilee Hazelden (Bloomingdale, N.Y.) struck to make it 2-0 on helpers from Holowka and Crawford.

At 4:37 of the second period Samantha Vicari finally solved Bears junior goaltender Dawna Salvarinas (Mississauga, Ontario) to cut the gap to 2-1. Grace Murphy knotted the score at two eight minutes later.

At 17:52, Silveira scored her first of the year with an assist from sophomore forward Izzy Fayerman (Calgary, Alberta) to briefly put Potsdam back in front. Just 29 seconds later Tawny Buelow tied the score again and the teams entered the second intermission at 3-3.

The Bears finally broke out in the third period, scoring three goals in a 2:28 span. Lucky scored at 8:33 with assists from Fayerman and Silveira.

Less than two minutes later freshman forward Natasha Allen (Aspen, Colo.) buried her first collegiate goal and the eventual game-winner. Holowka and Crawford recorded the assists. Lucky then capped her night with her second marker at 11:01 on Holowka’s third assist. With six and a half minutes remaining, Erin Dice closed the scoring with a final Bison tally, but it was too little too late.

Salvarinas stopped 28 shots to improve her record to 4-2 on the year. Nichols goalie Tori Gianformaggio turned aside 30 Potsdam chances.

Potsdam is back in action tomorrow afternoon at when the Bears take on host Saint Michael’s at 4 p.m. Potsdam tied the Purple Knights 2-2 on Dec.

7 and won a 3-1 victory the following afternoon.

BC DROPS SLU IN OT

The St. Lawrence University women’s hockey team rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to force overtime against nationally-ranked No. 5 Boston College on Friday afternoon at Appleton Arena. However, Eagles’ senior captain Blake Bolden would net the game-winner only 1:49 into the extra session to give the visitors a 4-3 non-conference win in an exciting rematch of last season’s NCAA Tournament quarterfinal.

St. Lawrence, which closed with a narrow 41-40 advantage in shots on goal, falls to 11-8-1 on the season while the Eagles improve to 13-3-2 thanks to a solid effort by the penalty killing unit, which held the home team scoreless on five power play tries.

The goaltenders each had their work cut out for them in the game, as St. Lawrence sophomore Carmen MacDonald made 36 saves including some dazzling stops down the stretch to force overtime. Boston College’s Corinne Boyles was equally as impressive, making 38 saves including 12 with St. Lawrence on the power play.

St. Lawrence scored the opening goal at 3:56 of the first period, as Kayla Raniwsky re-directed a shot by Amanda Boulier past Boyles for her sixth of the season. Senior Brooke Fernandez also had an assist on the game’s first tally.

However, Boston College would rally with two goals in a span of 1:42 to take a 2-1 lead into intermission. Haley Skarupa got the Eagles on the board after an outstanding shift by the visitors, deflecting the puck behind MacDonald for her 14th of the year off a shot by Bolden at 9:16. Alex Carpenter, who also assisted on the first BC goal, gave the Eagles the 2-1 lead at 10:58 as she converted a 3-on-1 try with MacDonald.

Despite a 14-10 advantage in shots in the second period, the Saints’ deficit grew to 3-1 as Emily Pfalzer scored the only goal of the frame for Boston College at 12:36. Pfalzer took a pass from Carpenter, cut through the slot and wristed a shot past MacDonald for her third goal of the year. Dru Burns also assisted on the lone goal of the second stanza.

St. Lawrence came out of the gate on the attack in the third and scored on the first shift to pull to within one at 3-2. First-year Abbey McRae one-timed the puck past Boyles only 25 seconds into the third for her 10th of the season, with Kelly Sabatine and Rylee Smith setting up the goal. Sabatine would then tie the game at 3-3 at 9:40, taking a feed from McRae and beating Boyles for her 11th of the year.

Bolden would give her team the win on the only shot in overtime, a snipe from the slot past MacDonald’s glove for her fourth of the season. Trivigno and Emily Field assisted on the game-winner.

The Saints begin the stretch of the ECAC Hockey regular season next weekend when they travel to Yale and Brown for a pair of conference games. St. Lawrence and Yale square off on Friday at 7 p.m. in New Haven, CT, followed by the Brown game on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Providence, RI.

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