St. Lawrence Closes Out Semester with Loss at Clarkson

St. Lawrence Closes Out Semester with Loss at Clarkson

St. Lawrence University senior forward Rachael Smithscored the first goal of the game, but fifth-ranked Clarkson scored the next three goals to defeat the Saints' women's hockey team 3-1 in an ECAC Hockey contest at Cheel Arena in Potsdam on Saturday afternoon.

The loss was the fourth in a row for the Saints, and the second straight against the Golden Knights; Clarkson defeated St. Lawrence 4-0 at Appleton Arena on Friday.

"Today's game was a lot like yesterday's game," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "We had a pile of chances and we just didn't score many goals. It was nice to get out to a 1-0 lead early, and I thought we played great in the second and third periods. We created a lot of chances and put pressure on them. Both goalies made highlight-reel saves and we just couldn't finish. It's a good time to go on break."

Smith gave the Saints a 1-0 lead less than six minutes into the game, creating a breakaway by stealing the puck at her own blue line and tucking the puck into the lower left side of the net for her team-best eighth goal of the season.

Elizabeth Giguere tied the game for Clarkson, redirecting a feed from Loren Gable into the top right corner of the net.

Smith had a chance to give the Saints a 2-1 lead with a look at a wide open net on a rebound, but the puck bounced over her stick. Just moments later, the Golden Knights took a 2-1 lead, as Morgan Helgeson buried a loose puck after Kristy Pidgeon's tough-angle shot went off the side of the net and the puck slid right into the slot.

The Golden Knights took a 3-1 lead on a power play goal early in the second period, with T.T. Cianfarano finishing a tic-tac-toe passing play after an offensive zone faceoff with a hard shot from the slot. The goal was just the second power play goal given up by the Saints this season and snapped a run of 11 straight games without giving up a power play goal.

Justine Reyes had a great opportunity for the Saints later in the second period, collecting a loose puck in the slot and firing a wrist shot towards the top right corner, but Clarkson goaltender Kassidy Sauve snagged it in her glove to preserve the two-goal lead.

After getting outshot 15-5 in the first period, the Saints had a 22-15 advantage in shots on goal in the second and third periods. 

Sauve made 26 saves for the Golden Knights, while Sonjia Shelly made 27 saves for St. Lawrence.

St. Lawrence, now 9-10-1 overall, 4-4-0 in ECAC Hockey, have five weeks off before their next game, when they will go on the road to face Union and Rensselaer. Clarkson improved to 14-4-0, 5-3-0.