OT Winner Lifts Clarkson Over Syracuse

OT Winner Lifts Clarkson Over Syracuse

One day after putting up a season-high six goals in a win at Syracuse, the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team faced a tougher test against the Orange on Saturday, but prevailed in overtime for a 4-3 victory at Cheel Arena.

Winners of three straight, the No. 2 ranked Golden Knights improve to 7-1 overall. Clarkson begins ECAC Hockey play next weekend, hosting Union and RPI.

Clarkson ran its unbeaten streak over Syracuse to 16 games (15-0-1), but the Green and Gold needed overtime to do it after a wild final two minutes of regulation play left the game tied 3-3 after 60 minutes.

Graduate student T.T. Cianfarano (Oswego, NY) scored her second goal of the game 80 seconds into the extra session, tapping in a loose puck at the top of the crease for the game-winner. Senior defenseman Emma Keenan (Calgary, ALB) fired in a shot from the point that deflected off bodies in front, and laid just outside the crease, where Cianfarano pushed it in. Senior captain Cassidy Vinkle (Belleville, ONT) also assisted.

Tied 1-1 after two periods, Clarkson went on top early in the third when sophomore Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) connected on a one-timer from the left circle after a pass from senior Loren Gabel (Kitchener, ONT). Junior centerMichaela Pejzlova (Pardubice, Czech Republic) won a faceoff back to Gabel to start the play, earning her 100th career point.

With regulation time winding down, the scoring picked up as the two teams combined for three goals in a 71-second span to force overtime.

The Orange's Allie Munroe made it a 2-2 game at 18:17, but just 24 seconds later Gabel finished off assists from linemates Giguere and Pejzlova to put the Knights back on top.

Syracuse came right back to tie it 3-3 with an extra attacker goal when Munroe flicked a shot up and over Clarkson goaltender, graduate student Kassidy Sauve (Whitby, ONT) with 32 seconds remaining in the period.

After a scoreless first period, Cianfarano tallied her first of the game, a power-play marker at 15:21 of the middle frame with Gabel and junior defenseman Taylor Turnquist (Blaine, MN) assisting.

Less than two minutes later, Syracuse tied the game on a penalty-shot goal by Lauren Bellefontaine at 16:53.

Clarkson outshot the Orange 23-20. The Knights went 2-of-5 on the power play and killed off all four Syracuse man-advantage opportunities.