POTSDAM - Entering the weekend tied for third in the ECAC Hockey conference, the sixth-ranked Clarkson University womens hockey team will look to continue its upward trend as it hosts Colgate University and third-ranked Cornell University this weekend at Cheel Arena.
Guided by sixth-year co-head coaches Matt and Shannon Desrosiers and assistant coach Matt Kelly, the Golden Knights currently stand at 17-4-3 (8-2-2 ECAC Hockey) and have gone 5-0-1 in their last six games. Clarkson is tied with Quinnipiac University for third in the conference with 18 points, two behind Cornell and three back of leader Harvard University.
The Green and Gold went 1-0-1 last weekend, playing to a 3-3 tie against Yale University on Friday evening before skating by Brown University for a 4-1 win on Saturday.
The Knights will first play Colgate on Friday evening at 7 p.m. The Raiders enter the weekend at 5-17-2 (2-10-0 ECAC Hockey) and have lost four straight games. Clarkson will then take on Cornell at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the only top-10 matchup of the weekend. The Big Red come to Potsdam with a record of 14-2-3 (9-1-2 ECAC Hockey) but are coming off a tough 3-1 loss to 5th-ranked Harvard.
Senior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) will look to become the all time leader in goals scored this weekend, as she currently sits tied with Melissa Waldie 11 with 67 career goals. She became the all-time points leader in Clarkson history last weekend as she now has 151 for her career. She has 36 points this year to lead the team.
Senior captain Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT) had her seven-game point streak snapped last Friday in a 3-3 tie with Yale, but came back and scored a goal against Brown the following afternoon. She has 28 points on the year, good for third on the squad.
Sophomore Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) is coming off a three-point weekend, including a power-play goal against the Bulldogs. She leads all defenders in scoring in the nation with 1.17 points per game and is tied for first in the country with six power-play goals. She has 30 points on the season.
Senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) shutout Colgate on the road the first time these two teams met earlier in the season. The Knights won 2-0 behind goals from Rattray and sophomore Shannon MacAulay (Mt. Herbert, PEI). The first time around with Cornell did not go as well, as Howe gave up a career-high six goals and the Big Red won 6-3.
Howe leads the country with nine shutouts and stands third in the nation with a 1.09 goals-against average.
The Raiders have struggled so far in conference play, with their only wins coming in a 5-1 win over Union College in November and a 3-2 win over Brown at the beginning of January. Miriam Drubel leads all Raiders with 15 points, while Brittney Brooks has started 11 games in goal, going 3-7-1 on the season. Colgate has been outscored 71-39 on the year.
The Big Red enter the weekend ranked 3rd in the nation in large part to a balanced scoring attack. Cornell has three players with over 20 points, including Jillian Saulnier who leads the team with 29 points. Lauren Slebodnick has started 16 games in net, going 11-1-3 and allowing 2.17 goals per game. Their only loss in conference came last weekend against Harvard, and their only other loss on the season came against 7th-ranked Boston College back in November.