St. Lawrence Falls to No. 1 Clarkson in Potsdam

St. Lawrence Falls to No. 1 Clarkson in Potsdam

A day after beating the nation's No. 1-ranked team, the St. Lawrence University women's hockey team was unable to duplicate the feat, falling to Clarkson 4-0 in a non-league game at Cheel Arena in Potsdam.

Prior to the game, the Golden Knights celebrated their 2018 NCAA Championship with a banner raising ceremony.

"Clarkson did a nice job right from puck drop, as we expected," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells'92. "We were able to feel our way through the game pretty well, but just didn't have the jump Clarkson had for most of the game. We had some fantastic chances, but missed wide or (Clarkson goaltender Kassidy) Sauve was up to task. All in all another good weekend for our team for where we want to be." 

Loren Gable gave Clarkson a 1-0 lead with a power play goal with just 8.2 seconds left in the first period, picking up the puck out of a cluster of players and skating alone in on the left side and beating St. Lawrence goaltender Sonjia Shelly with a quick wrist shot from in close.

The goal was the first power play goal the Saints have allowed this season.

Morgan Helgeson increased the lead to 2-0 with five minutes to play in the second period, picking up a loose puck in the slot and wheeling around to put the puck between Shelly's leg pads.

Elizabeth Giguere put the game away with a pair of goals in an 18-second span late in the third period. Wells pulled Shelly for an extra attacker with just under five minutes to play, and Giguere hit the open net from inside her own blue line to move the score to 3-0. With Shelly back between the pipes for the Saints, Giguere added her second goal of the game just 18 seconds later, one-timing a feed from behind the net from Gable into the goal.

The loss snapped a six-game run of overtime games for the Saints, an NCAA Frozen Four-era record. St. Lawrence fell to 3-4-1, while Clarkson improved to 5-1-0.

Clarkson was 1-for-6 on the power play, while the Saints were scoreless in three opportunities.

Shelly made 25 saves for St. Lawrence, while Sauve stopped 22 shots for the Golden Knights.

The Saints will host fourth-ranked Ohio State for a pair of games next weekend at Appleton before opening the ECAC Hockey schedule against Rensselaer on November 2.