POTSDAM - After nearly a month-long break between meaningful games, the sixth-ranked Clarkson University womens hockey team will hit the ice once again this weekend as they play a home-and-home series with North Country rival St. Lawrence University.
The Golden Knights hit the holiday break with a record of 14-4-2 (5-2-1 ECAC Hockey) and are currently tied for fifth in the conference with the Saints. Guided by sixth-year co-head coaches Matt and Shannon Desrosiers and assistant coach Matt Kelly, the Green and Gold closed out the fall semester slate with a 6-2 victory over RIT in an outdoor game in Rochester filled with snow and wind.
St. Lawrence will host the first game of the series Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Appleton Arena in Canton before returning to Potsdam for a game on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Cheel Arena.
In an effort to stay sharp over the long break, Clarkson hosted McGill University last Friday in an exhibition match that the Knights dominated from start to finish and won 7-0.
The Knights swept St. Lawrence earlier in the season, winning 5-2 at home before a 4-1 victory in Canton to cap the weekend in early October.
Senior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) leads the Knights with 30 points, tallying 15 goals and 15 assists on the year. She has 145 points for her career, four points from breaking Britney Selinas 10 record of 148 career points. Her 63 goals are also five shy of breaking Melissa Waldies 11 career mark of 67 scores.
Senior captain Carly Mercer (Exeter,ONT) and sophomore defenseman Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) have 24 points each, and Ambrose leads all defenders in the country with 1.20 points per game.
Goaltending has been strong all season for the Knights, as senior Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) has started all 20 games in net, posting a national-best seven shutouts and a 1.11 goals-against average, good for fourth best in the country.
Clarkson boasts the third-best scoring offense and defense, as well as the second-best penalty kill in the country. The remaining 14 games on the Knights schedule are all against ECAC foes, split evenly at home and on the road.
The Saints enter the weekend with a mark of 6-11-1 (5-2-1 ECAC) and have lost four straight games after being swept on the road against Mercyhurst University and Robert Morris University. Their best conference result was a 1-1 tie at Quinnipiac University in November. Mel Desrochers leads the Saints with seven goals and 13 assists on the season. Carmen MacDonald has started 13 games in net for St. Lawrence, going 6-6-1 on the year.
KNIGHT KNOTES: Clarkson has won six of its last seven games, with its only loss since mid-November a one-goal setback to North Dakota in the first week of December The Knights have outscored their opponents 72-23, including a 28-6 margin over the past six games Clarkson has been especially dominant in the first period, outscoring the opposition 26-7 in the opening 20 minutes The Knights are 14-0-2 when scoring first and 14-0 when leading through two periods Clarkson has not allowed a power-play goal over the past seven games The Knights have the second best penalty kill in the country, denying 92.7% of opponents power-play opportunities Jamie Lee Rattray is closing in on becoming the Green and Golds all-time leading scorer. She has career 145 points (63-82), four away from breaking the Clarkson record of 148. Rattray is five goals shy of breaking the Clarkson record for career goals and 17 assists away from becoming the Knights all-time leading playmaker. Rattray was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Month for November and December Clarksons all-time win leader in goal, Erica Howe has a career record of 73-31-12, including 22 shutouts. Two-time ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year, she boasts a .931 career save percentage and a 1.66 goals against average. She leads the country with seven shutouts this season Brittany Styner is Clarksons leading playmaker with 18 assists. Bidding to become the next Golden Knight to reached the coveted Century Mark, she has 86 career points (23-63).
including 22 (5-18) this season Carly Mercer has tallied a point in five straight games, including the game winner last time out at RIT.