CAMBRIDGE, MA – Sophomores Shannon MacAulay (Mt. Herbert, PEI) and Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) scored both goals as the 5th-ranked Clarkson University womens hockey team outlasted the 6th-ranked Harvard University Crimson 2-1 on Friday evening.
The win pushes the Golden Knights to 22-4-5 (13-2-4 ECAC Hockey) while the loss drops the Crimson to 19-4-3 (14-3-2). The two teams are now tied with 30 points, one point behind Cornell for first place with three games to play. The Knights have now gone unbeaten in 13 straight games (10-0-3) and have not lost since early December. The win guarantees the Knights will host a quarterfinal series at Cheel Arena beginning on February 28th, and Clarkson cannot fall below third place in the conference.
Were really happy with the way the team played tonight, stated Clarkson co-head coach Matt Desrosiers. You could tell they really wanted this game and knew they needed to bring a good, total team effort against a solid Harvard team.
MacAulay got the scoring started at the 5:15 mark as she took a pass from junior Christine Lambert (Thetford Mines, QUE) and beat Harvard goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer for her eighth goal on the season to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.
The Crimson would get on the scoreboard just before the end of the first period, as Mary Parker beat senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottata, ONT) with three seconds remaining in the period for her 12th goal of the year to tie the game at 1-1.
A very quick second period saw no goals or penalties, as the Knights outshot the Crimson 11-9 in the second 20 minutes of action.
The beginning of the third period was much of the same, as Clarkson continued to outshoot the Crimson but the game remained deadlocked at one score each. Play picked up when matching roughing after the whistle penalties were called, leading to a 4-on-4 situation with just over 6:30 remaining in the period.
Harvard attempted the first shot but Howe turned it away, and on the other end the nations top-scoring defender struck for her 11th goal of the season and 43rd point on the year to give the Knights the 2-1 lead and the game-winner at 14:43. MacAulay and Olivia Howe (Moose Jaw, SASK) assisted.
Howe recorded 21 saves for the victory.
The Knights will look to pick up two more points this afternoon as they end their road schedule in Hanover, New Hampshire, against Dartmouth at 4 pm.