Clarkson Doubles Up Montreal in Exhibition Win

Clarkson Doubles Up Montreal in Exhibition Win

A four-goal effort in the third period lifted the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team to a 6-3 victory over the University of Montreal in exhibition play at Cheel Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Ranked No. 1 in the country with a 4-0 record, the two-time defending National Champions return to NCAA play next weekend with a home-and-home series vs St. Lawrence University. The Golden Knights will battle the Saints in Canton on Friday and then face off against their arch rivals in Potsdam on Saturday afternoon. Prior to the 3:00 p.m. non-league game against the Saints, Clarkson will hold a ceremony for the 2018 National Championship team, raising a banner to the Cheel Arena rafters to go alongside those representing the 2014 and 2017 National Championships.

Senior Loren Gabel (Kitchener, ONT) paced the balanced Clarkson offense in the win over Montreal with two goals. Four other Knights scored goals in the exhibition win.

Trailing 3-2 after two periods, Clarkson's offense came to life in the final stanza as the Green and Gold skated to the victory.

Sophomore Tia Stoddard (La Mesa, CA) tied the game on a shot in front at 8:25, followed by senior captain Cassidy Vinkle's game-winner on a rising shot from the left circle at 10:56.

At 12:23, Gabel collected her second of the day, finishing off a 2-on-1 with junior center Michaela Pejzlova (Pardubice, Czech Rep.).

Freshman Taylor Sawka (Cochrane, ALB) closed out the scoring with an unassisted shorthanded tally with two minutes remaining.

Sophomore Kristy Pidgeon (Ingleside, ONT) opened the game, scoring at 4:51 of the first when she forced a turnover at center ice, skated in on a breakaway and connected on a wrist from the right circle.

Montreal tied the game at 11:12, as Alexandra Labelle scored off a faceoff just 11 seconds into a 5-on-3 power play opportunity.

With 35 seconds remaining in the opening period Gabel finished off a feed in front from Pejzlova to give the Green and Gold the lead entering intermission.

The Carabins scored twice in the middle frame to take a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes. Catherine Dubois tied it with an unassisted goal at 6:51 and Labelle put the visitors on top with her second power-play marker of the day at 17:35.

Clarkson outshot Montreal 39-23.

Sophomore Kia Castonguay (Ipswich, MA) started in the Knights' crease and made eight saves on 10 shots through 31 minutes of action. Freshman Marie-Pier Coulombe (Carignan, QUE) played the final 29 minutes for Clarkson and recorded the win, stopping 12 of 13 shots.