St. Lawrence falls to No. 5 Clarkson

St. Lawrence falls to No. 5 Clarkson

CANTON, N.Y. -- The fifth-ranked Clarkson University women's hockey team scored three goals in two minutes and 19 seconds early in the second period to take control of the game, and St. Lawrence University was unable to mount a comeback as the Golden Knights defeated the Saints 4-0 in an ECAC Hockey contest at Appleton Arena on Friday afternoon.

Kassidy Sauve made 21 saves to record the shutout for the Golden Knights.

Between the second and third periods, former St. Lawrence women's hockey coach Paul Flanagan '80 P'13 was recognized as part of the Legends of Appleton ceremonies taking place this weekend.

"There was a lot of energy in the building with everyone back for Legends weekend and unfortunately we couldn't set the siren to create a little more," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "Sauve made some big saves and we hit three pipes. It would have been nice to see where the game would have gone if we had scored the one midway through the second on the power play. Our team battled all night to score. Fortunately we have another opportunity to play tomorrow."

Elizabeth Giguere got the Golden Knights rolling, backhanding a pass across the crease from Kelly Mariani into the net three and a half minutes into the second period for the first goal of the game. Cassidy Vinkle increased the lead to two just 19 seconds later, with Michaela Pejzlova feeding Vinkle from the right side on an odd-man rush. Kristy Pidgeon scored exactly two minutes later, lifting a shot from a tough angle over St. Lawrence goaltender Grace Harrison's shoulder into the top shelf.

Tia Stoddard added an empty-net goal with eight minutes to play for the Golden Knights.

St. Lawrence was scoreless on five power play opportunities, but had several great scoring chances on the power play, including shots off the post by Lydia Grauer and Rachael Smith. The Saints held the Golden Knights scoreless in their lone power play opportunity, improving their nation's best penalty kill to 32-for-33 on the season (97.0%).

Harrison made 25 saves for the Saints.

Clarkson, which improved to 13-4-0, 4-3-0 in ECAC Hockey, held a 29-21 edge in shots on goal. St. Lawrence fell to 9-9-1, 4-3-0. The two teams will face each other again at Cheel Arena tomorrow at 3 p.m.