Gabel Scores 150th Point in Clarkson's 4-3 Win Over Robert Morris

Gabel Scores 150th Point in Clarkson's 4-3 Win Over Robert Morris

Potsdam, NY – Some late pressure from a power play goal and an extra attacker with the goalie pulled put the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team on alert, but the Golden Knights had enough in the tank to hold off Robert Morris University 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Cheel Arena.

The Golden Knights improved to 4-0-0 on the season while the Colonials fell to 1-3-0. Clarkson will play an exhibition game at home next weekend against Montreal before playing a non-conference, home-and-home series against St. Lawrence University on October 19-20.

The Green and Gold jumped out to an early lead with two goals in the first period and never trailed on Saturday afternoon. Goaltender Kassidy Sauve began the play by shuffling a pass over to Kelly Mariani. The senior forward then carried the puck up ice and delivered a pass to T.T. Cianfarano, who fired a shot under the crossbar at the 6:00 mark of the first period.

Eleven minutes later the Golden Knights scored their first power-play goal since the season-opener, ending a streak of seven scoreless chances with the extra skater. Lauren Gabel carried the puck up the left side boards and circled around the net, sending a cross-crease pass to linemate Elizabeth Giguere, who wristed a shot from the bottom of the left circle at the 16:56 mark. Ella Shelton also earned an assist on the goal, increasing her nation-leading total to seven in four games. The assist for Gabel was the 150th point of her career, making her just the fifth player in program history to reach that total.

At the start of the second period, the Knights increased their advantage to three goals as Mariani, Cassidy Vinkle, and Cianfarano played a little tic-tac-toe on an odd-player rush, working the puck around quickly for Mariani, who finished the play at 7:38. Three minutes later the Colonials picked up their first goal of the contest when Anjelica Diffendal skated in for a one-on-one with the Sauve, coming in by the left circle and shooting over Sauve's glove side at 10:39. The Knights responded five minutes later as freshman Morgan Helgeson scored her first collegiate goal with Kristy Pidgeon and Tia Stoddard earning assists.

Up 4-1 through two periods, the Golden Knights went quiet on offense and Robert Morris took advantage to make things interesting. Jaycee Gebhard tallied at the 5:05 mark, scoring right off the faceoff in the Clarkson defensive zone. A body checking penalty was called on the Knights at the 16:34 mark, and it took just 25 seconds for the Colonials to convert as Kirsten Welsch scored on helpers from Gebhard and Maggie Lague. However, that would be the last that Robert Morris could score despite an extra attacker as Lauren Bailey hustled out of the goal for the Colonials. Robert Morris had a few chances, but the shots went wide of the goal as the Knights held on for the win.

Clarkson held a 25-23 edge in shots and the Knights went 1-for-3 on the power play while Robert Morris went 1-for-4. Kassidy Sauve made 20 saves for Clarkson and Lauren Bailey made 21 stops for the Colonials.