RPI Edged Out By Clarkson on the Road

RPI Edged Out By Clarkson on the Road

POTSDAM, N.Y. – Graduate student T.T. Cianfarano provided a goal and two assists, while classmate Kassidy Sauve made 12 saves as the third-ranked Clarkson University women's hockey team picked up a 3-0 ECAC Hockey win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), on Saturday afternoon at Cheel Arena. The Golden Knights move to 9-1-0 on the season and 2-0-0 in conference games, while the Engineers fall to 2-5-2 and 0-2-0.

RPI senior goaltender Lovisa Selander stopped all 12 shots she faced in the opening period, keeping the game knotted at 0-0 after one. Clarkson's best chance in the first came in the middle of the period when the Knights went on the power play due to a hooking call on the Engineers. Within five seconds, Clarkson had a shot on goal but the Green and Gold could not break through the RPI defense.

Clarkson potted a single score in the middle frame, when Elizabeth Giguere won possession of the puck on the boards in the Clarkson defensive end and dropped a pass to Michaela Pejzlova in the middle of the zone. Pejzlova then found T.T. Cianfarano along the left sideboards between the blue line and red line and fired a wrist shot over the glove of Selander at 4:02. The goal was Cianfarano's fifth goal of the season.

Late in the period, RPI had its best scoring chances as the Knights were a little out of their system, as the Engineers put one shot off the post and had another cleared away without any damage done.

Clarkson picked up its first insurance goal early on in the third period when Cianfarano and Taylor Turnquist worked the puck around and found Emma Keenan at the bottom of the left circle. Keenan blasted in a one-timer from up close for her first goal of the season and just the second of her career.

Late in the period, RPI pulled its goalie for an extra attacker but did not muster much in the way of chances or pressure. Pejzlova took a crack at the net from 150-feet away and just missed the post with 9.9 seconds left in the game, but the ensuing faceoff saw a repeat of the play, though this time Pejzlova was a little closer and converted the empty-netter with just one second to go.

Clarkson possessed a 40-12 advantage in shots, as Kassidy Sauve recorded her second shutout of the year with 12 stops. At the other end, Selander made 37 saves for the Engineers. Clarkson was 0 for 3 on the power play and RPI was scoreless in its one power play chance.

Clarkson will be off next weekend, but hits the road the following weekend to play Brown and Yale. The Engineers host Brown and Yale this coming weekend.