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Clarkson women surge past SLU in weekend ECAC series opener


CANTON - Jamie Lee Rattray had to wait for an official’s review before she officially became tied as the all-time leader scorer for the Clarkson University women’s hockey program.

What eventually turned out to be an unassisted goal one minute and eleven seconds into the third period on Friday night at Appleton Arena moved the senior from Kanata, Ontario into a tie with Britney Selina (Class of 2010) with 148 career points.

The sharp-angle shot from close range, which bounced high into the air off a skate before settling into the back of the cage, also gave Lady Knights a 4-0 lead against rival St. Lawrence en route to a 6-0 ECAC victory.

“It’s kind of crazy. If you talk about the names that have been here. I can’t really believe it right now,” said Rattray. “It’s something you think more about after your career is over. Right now I’m more focused on that we just had a huge win as a team. It was a big statement game against those guys. I’m more focused on the second half of the season and getting going towards the playoffs.”

Clarkson (15-4-2, 6-2-1 ECAC), sixth-ranked nationally, fired 22 pucks on net in the first period alone and finished with a 44-21 shots-on-goal advantage.

Rattray scored the lone goal of the first period as she took an Olivia Howe pass near the center-ice boards and swooped in all alone on Saint goalie Carmen MacDonald for a top-shelf tally at the 12:40 mark.

In the second period, Brittany Styner handed out her team-leading 19th assist of the season as Shannon MacAulay converted Styner’s rebound at 4:15. Styner then made it 3-0 at 10:03, finishing off a pretty three-way pass play with linemates Vanessa Gagnon and Rattray.

After Rattray’s early third-period marker, the Knights added goals by Gagnon, who rang one off the post and in after a Vanessa Plante pass at the 2:00 mark, and by Genevieve Bannon into an empty net at 17:06.

“We got off to a quick start, we got it going right off the bat. It was good to see even at 4-0. 5-0 we were still bringing it with the effort that we need,” said Rattray whose team will turn right around today and host St. Lawrence at 3 p.m at Cheel Arena in another ECAC affair. “It was awesome to see the team effort tonight. It won’t be hard to get back up tomorrow for another rivalry game. We’ll try and bring it again tomorrow.”

The Knights will look to make it eight wins in their last nine starts today for co-head coach and former Saint men’s hockey player, Matt Desrosiers.

“When you get to play your rivals again tomorrow, the intensity’ll be amped up again. Tonight we stuck with our game plan. We had so many chances early, you always like to see that first on go in,” said Desrosiers regarding Rattray’s icebreaking goal. “Jamie is kind of the heartbeat behind the team. She brings a ton of energy every day on the ice and off the ice. She just loves being at the rink. Her teammates feed off it.”

SLU (6-12-1,5-3-1) dropped its fifth straight, but did have several quality scoring chances. However, the youthful Saints (just four seniors) could not solve Knight goaltender Erica Howe who finished with a 21-save effort, She now leads the nation with eight shutouts. MacDonald stopped 38 shots for the Saints.

“Clarkson showed up and played a game that only a few teams would have had an answer for,” said Saint coach Chris Wells. “We played to the end and I was happy to see the resolve in our team. We have a real good group here and we look forward to bouncing back.”

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