Clarkson win seventh straight over Quinnipiac

Clarkson win seventh straight over Quinnipiac

HAMDEN, Conn. -- Loren Gabel, ECAC Hockey Player of the Month for January, shows no sign of slowing down in the final month of the regular season as she powered Clarkson University past Quinnipiac 3-2 with her third hat trick of the season in ECAC Hockey action in Hamden, CT on Friday night.

The NCAA's leading scorer, Gabel (Kitchener, ONT), helped the Golden Knights put another digit in the win column, extending the nation's longest current streak to seven games with the victory over the Bobcats at Frank Perrotti, Jr. Arena.

Fifth-ranked Clarkson improves to 21-5-1 overall and to 12-3 in ECAC Hockey. The Golden Knights are in third place in the conference standings, three points behind league-leader Princeton, tomorrow's foe in New Jersey.

Gabel accounted for all of Clarkson's scoring against Quinnipiac (9-15-3, 6-8-1), tallying a goal in each period to improve her NCAA-leading totals on the season to 52 points and 28 goals through 25 games.

The Bobcats, helped by five power-play opportunities, outshot the Knights 34-25, but graduate student Kassidy Sauve (Whitby, ONT) was strong in the Green and Gold crease with a 32-save effort.

Quinnipiac managed just one power-play goal in their five man-advantage opportunities. Clarkson went scoreless on its lone power play of the night.

The Bobcats opened the scoring just 15 seconds when Randi Marcon found a loose puck at the top of the Clarkson crease and pushed a shot past Sauve.

The top two scorers in the nation combined for the Knights' first goal of the game as Gabel tapped in a perfect cross-crease pass by sophomore right wing Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) at 4:23.

Just seven seconds into the middle frame, Gabel scored unassisted to put Clarkson on top 2-1.

Quinnipiac answered back with a power-play tally by Lexie Adzjia at 3:04 to make it 2-2.

Gabel struck again early in the third for the game-winner, finishing off another prefect pass by Giguere 27 seconds in to complete her seventh career hat trick. For Giguere that was her 31st assist of the season and 50th point.

The Knights' all-time leading scorer, Gabel is closing in on 200 career points with 104 goals and 92 assists through 147 games.