POTSDAM - Fresh off a weekend sweep of rival St. Lawrence, the 5th/6th-ranked Clarkson University womens hockey team will hit the road to take on Yale University and Brown University for the second time this year.
Guided by sixth-year co-head coaches Matt and Shannon Desrosiers and assistant coach Matt Kelly, the Golden Knights improved to 16-4-2 (7-2-1 ECAC Hockey) with a pair of shutout victories over the Saints last weekend. Clarkson will play Yale on Friday night at 7 pm followed by Brown on Saturday at 4 pm. The Knights skated to a 1-1 tie with Brown at Cheel Arena in the beginning of November before dominating Yale in a 7-0 victory the following afternoon.
Clarkson stands in fourth place in the ECAC Hockey standings, just three points out of first with 12 regular-season games remaining, sox at home and six on the road.
Yale enters the weekend with a record of 6-10-1 (4-5-1 ECAC Hockey) and currently stands tied with Rensselaer for seventh in the conference. Brown has not fared as well this season, entering the weekend with a record of 1-12-4 (0-8-2 ECAC Hockey) and sit in last place in the conference.
Senior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) is currently tied for the most points in Clarkson history with 148, and stands three goals shy of breaking the all-time career record for scores as well.
The Green and Gold dominated two games against the Saints last weekend, winning 6-0 on the road before coming home and taking a 3-0 win the next day. Senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) picked up her 75th career victory on Saturday, as well as her ninth shutout on the season, good for first in the country. She leads the nation in goals-against average, allowing 1.01 goals per game.
Senior captain Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) is coming off a three-assist weekend, and has tallied at least one point in seven straight games, dating back to a 4-0 win over Providence College in the middle of November.
The first game against Brown was an offensive struggle, and despite outshooting the Bears 54-11 in the contest, the Knights were only able to come away with a 1-1 tie. Rattray scored a first period goal, but Brown goaltender Aubrey Moore stopped 53 shots, including 29 in the third period and overtime, to preserve the tie.
Clarkson took it out on the Bulldogs the following day, as the Knights scored two in the first and four in the second to run away from Yale 7-0. The Bulldogs could not stay out of the penalty box, committing eight penalties and surrendering two power-play goals on the afternoon.
The Knights have won eight of their last nine games, outscoring opponents 37-6 in that span and posting five shutouts. A win on Friday would tie the longest winning streak of the season for Clarkson, dating back to the first five games of the year.
KNIGHT KNOTES: Clarkson has won eight of its last nine 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 81-23, including a 37-6 margin over the past eight games Clarkson has been especially dominant in the first period, outscoring the opposition 27-7 in the opening 20 minutes The Knights are 16-0-2 when scoring first and 15-0 when leading through two periods Clarkson has not allowed a power-play goal over the past nine games The Knights have the second best penalty kill in the country, denying 93.3% of opponents power-play opportunities Jamie Lee Rattray is one point away from becoming the Green and Golds all-time leading scorer. She has 148 (65-83) points for her career, tying her with Britney Selina 10 for most in program history. Rattray is three goals shy of breaking the Clarkson record for career goals and 16 assists away from becoming the Knights all-time leading playmaker Clarksons all-time win leader in goal, Erica Howe has a career record of 75-31-12, including 24 shutouts. Two-time ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Year, she boasts a .931 career save percentage and a 1.63 goals-against average. She leads the country with nine shutouts this season, and has not allowed a goal in 138:39 minutes Brittany Styner has tallied 19 assists on the season. Bidding to become the next Golden Knight to reached the coveted Century Mark, she has 89 career points (25-64), including 26 (7-19) this season Carly Mercer has tallied a point in seven straight games.