Clarkson falls in OT at St. Lawrence

Clarkson falls in OT at St. Lawrence

A couple of lengthy winning streaks came to an end for the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team as the Golden Knights fell 4-3 in overtime at St. Lawrence on Friday afternoon.

The Golden Knights, who entered the weekend ranked No. 1 in the national polls will face off against the Saints at Cheel Arena on Saturday beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Prior to the none-league game against St. Lawrence, Clarkson will raise its third NCAA Championship Banner to the Cheel Arena rafters, honoring the 2018 title, to go alongside those signifying the Golden Knights' 2014 and 2017 National Championships.

With Friday's lost to their archival, the Green and Gold saw their 14-game winning streak snapped, while also seeing their winning streak against St. Lawrence stopped at six games.

Clarkson stands at 4-1 overall, while the Saints, playing in their sixth consecutive overtime game, improve to 3-3-1. St. Lawrence has never lost to the Knights in overtime, improving to 3-0-6 in extra-session games with the Green and Gold.

Clarkson held a 3-2 lead over the Saints with less than three minutes to play in regulation, but St. Lawrence tied the game late in a power play and with an extra attacker on the ice with their goaltender pulled.

Natalie Wozney scored her second of the game on the 6-on-4 advantage at 17:30 to force overtime.

Nadine Edney came through with the game-winner for the home team, scoring just 34 seconds into the extra session.

St. Lawrence opened the scoring at 11:20 of the first when Justine Reyes knocked in her own rebound, but just 18 seconds later, the Knights came back with their first of the day. Sophomore defenseman Avery Mitchell (Pickering, ONT) picked up a pass from behind the goal line by classmate Tia Stoddard (La Mesa, CA) and fired a shot from the top of the slot. Freshman Morgan Helgeson (Lake Elmo, MN) got a stick on it and redirected the puck past Saints' goaltender Grace Harrison for her second goal of the season.

At 6:33 of the second period, sophomore Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) put Clarkson on top. Skating down the right wing, Giguere cut in front to the St. Lawrence net and flipped in her third goal of the season. Defensemen, junior Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, ONT) and Mitchell assisted.

Late in the stanza, the Saints tied the score 2-2 with Wozney's goal at 2:36, but once again the Green and Gold wasted little time in retaking the lead.
 
With 19.2 second left in the middle frame, senior Loren Gabel (Kitchener, ONT) put the Knights back on top with a record-tying goal. Gabel tallied her fourth goal of the season and 80th career score, knocking in a cross-ice pass from Giguere at the top of the crease. Senior defenseman Josiane Pozzebon (Bourget, ONT) also assisted on the goal, which tied Gabel with Cayley Mercer '17 for most career goals at Clarkson.
 
The Knights out shot St. Lawrence 33-29. Grad student Kassidy Sauve (Whitby, ONT) posted 25 saves.