Clarkson skates to a tie against Quinnipiac

Clarkson skates to a tie against Quinnipiac

POTSDAM, NY -- Held to just a single goal for the first time since returning from Ireland in early January, the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team was still able to record a point against Quinnipiac, skating to a 1-1 tie against the Bobcats to close out the ECAC Hockey regular season Saturday afternoon at Cheel Arena.

The Golden Knights, ranked fifth in the latest USCHO.com poll, moved to 25-7-2 overall and 16-5-2 in ECAC Hockey, while Quinnipiac saw its regular season conclude at 12-16-6 overall and 9-9-4 in league play. Clarkson finished the season with 33 points, tied with both Colgate and Princeton, and placed third overall in the ECAC standings with the various tiebreakers. Quinnipiac ended the conference season with 22 points and placed sixth in the league thanks to sweeping Harvard, meaning the Bobcats will head back to Potsdam next weekend for the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals against the Golden Knights.

ECAC Hockey Playoffs - First Round Series (best-of-three)
No. 6 Quinnipiac at No. 3 Clarkson
Friday: 3 p.m.
Saturday: 3 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m., if necessary

No. 8 Rensselaer at No. 1 Cornell
Friday: 6 p.m.
Saturday: 3 p.m.
Sunday: 3 p.m., if necessary
 
No. 7 Harvard at No. 2 Colgate
Friday: 6 p.m.
Saturday: 3 p.m.
Sunday: 3 p.m., if necessary

No. 5 St. Lawrence at No. 4 Princeton
Friday: 6 p.m.
Saturday: 3 p.m.
Sunday: 3 p.m., if necessary

Each team had decent scoring chances in the early going, but neither goalie was challenged with any overwhelming opportunities until more than eight minutes of the game had ticked off the clock. T.T. Cianfarano wristed a shot right off the face off from the top of the slot, but was denied at the 8:10 mark. Four minutes later Tia Stoddard took a slap shot from the top of the slot, but again Quinnipiac's goaltender Abbie Ives was again up to the task. Neither team put much together for the rest of the period and the two teams remained scoreless through 20 minutes. It marked the first time in 17 games (12/7/2018 vs. St. Lawrence) that Clarkson went without a goal in the opening period.

Quinnipiac continued to do a good job of tying up Clarkson's sticks when the Knights produced chances in the second period. The first quality chance for the Knights came almost out of nowhere when a pass went through the neutral zone to Elizabeth Giguere, but the Top 10 Patty Kazmaier Finalist was stopped by Ives and the Bobcats defense at 10:40.

Three minutes later, the Knights finally got on the scoreboard on a rather flukish goal. Emma Keenan mishit a shot from the blue line and the puck was kicked away by a Quinnipiac defender's skate. However, the puck found the stick of Michaela Pejzlova, who sent a pass to the bottom of the circle to Giguere. The sophomore wing then tried to send a pass through the crease to Loren Gabel on the opposite side, but Abbie Ives tried to block the attempt, with the puck ricocheting in off her stick at 13:41 to put the Knights up 1-0.

At the start of the third period, the Bobcats were whistled for the first penalty of the game, giving Clarkson a chance with an extra skater for two minutes. Clarkson took three shots with two going on net, but Ives made both denials to keep Quinnipiac within one. In the second half of the frame, the Bobcats began to put pressure on the Knights with several chances just missing the net. Quinnipiac continued to get chances when Clarkson was called for a penalty at 13:10 in the period. The Bobcats, however, could not get a shot off for the first minute of the power play, finally getting a chance 70 seconds in. Just a few seconds later the Bobcats cashed in when Kenzie Lancaster took a shot and hit the post with the rebound coming out to Randi Marcon, who slapped the puck in just outside of the crease at 14:56.

With the game in overtime, Clarkson was nicked for a penalty in its offensive zone, giving the Bobcats a power-play chance to win the game. Quinnipiac had some chances with an extra skater, none better than a shot that went wide from Taylor House, but the Knights killed off the chance. Clarkson almost picked up a break of its own when Loren Gabel got out of the penalty box, but she was whistled for being offside with a little under two minutes to go. That proved the end of the quality scoring chances for either team.

Clarkson finished with a modest 27-26 edge in shots and was 0-for-1 on the power play while the Bobcats scored once in their two chances with an extra skater. Kassidy Sauve made 25 stops for Clarkson while Abbie Ives produced 26 saves for Quinnipiac.