Clarkson wins at No. 4 Princeton as Sauve and Gabel shine

Clarkson wins at No. 4 Princeton as Sauve and Gabel shine

PRINCETON, NJ -- An outstanding effort in the crease by Kassidy Sauve and another standout performance from Loren Gabel lifted Clarkson University to its biggest victory of the season as the Golden Knights won the battle between two Top-5 ranked teams, knocking off No. 4 Princeton 3-1 at Hobey Baker Rink in New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.

Ranked fifth in the country entering the weekend, the Golden Knights extended the nation's longest current winning streak to eight games and improved to 22-5-1 overall. With six games remaining in the regular season, Clarkson is in third place in the ECAC Hockey standings, one point shy of first with a 13-3 league mark.

Clarkson will host Central NY rivals, 6th-ranked Cornell and 10th-ranked Colgate this coming weekend at Cheel Arena.

Sauve, who has been stellar in the Green and Gold's net during the win streak, posted her third consecutive 30-save game with her best effort at Clarkson, turning aside 37 shots in the key win on the road.

The graduate transfer was on top of her game right from the start, recording 17 first-period saves. Sauve was also the key to the Knights' holding the Tiger's top-rated power play scoreless. Princeton, which entered the weekend clicking at 27.9%, was shut down by the Knights on all six of its man-advantages for the afternoon.

Coming off her third hat trick of the season in Friday's 3-2 victory at Quinnipiac, Gabel had a hand in all the Clarkson scoring again with two goals and one assist against the Tigers.

The senior left wing wasted little time in continuing her hot streak, scoring just 36 seconds in. Sophomore right wing Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) assisted.

Princeton, which was looking to extend its 20-game unbeaten streak (15-0-5), tied the game at 5:26 with a breakaway goal from Shannon Griffin.

Midway through the stanza, the Green and Gold went back on top as junior center Michaela Pejzlova (Pardubice, Czech Rep.) swatted in a behind-the-net pass by Gabel at 11:36 for her 17th goal of the year and 130-career point (54-76).

Clarkson capitalized quickly on its first power-play opportunity of the day as Gabel knocked in a rebound at the left circle off a shot by Giguere just 13 seconds into the man-advantage at 15:57 of the second period. Junior defenseman Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, ONT) also assisted. With her second assist of the game, Giguere becomes the nation's leading playmaker with 33 assists. 

For Gabel that was her 30th goal of the season through 26 games and her 199th career point (106-93).

Princeton continued to pressure over the final 20 minutes and pulled its goaltender with over two minutes to play, but Sauve was strong throughout and made 14 third-period stops in handing the Tigers their first home loss of the season and first defeat since October 21.