Top ranked Clarkson takes out Robert Morris 4-2

Top ranked Clarkson takes out Robert Morris 4-2

Potsdam, NY – Some late penalties made things interesting, but the top-ranked Clarkson University Women's Hockey team scored a last minute goal to cap off a 4-2 victory over Robert Morris University Friday night at Cheel Arena.

The Golden Knights moved to 3-0-0 on the young season with the win, while the Colonials fell to 1-2-0. The two teams will match up again on Saturday afternoon.

Although Clarkson held a 3-1 advantage heading into the third, it looked like Robert Morris had the momentum in the final stanza thanks to skating with an extra attacker for eight minutes. Most of that time came on four power plays, though a small section was when the Colonials pulled their goaltender to try to even up the game. However, it was Clarkson that picked up the last minute goal to gain the victory.

At the very start of the first period, it appeared as if Clarkson might get on the scoreboard when the Colonials were whistled for a hooking call just five seconds after the opening faceoff. However, the Knights could get just one shot on goal during the two minutes of an extra-attacker, with Loren Gabel's shot getting denied with 20 seconds left in the power play.

Robert Morris enjoyed a power-play chance shortly after the Knights' opportunity ended, but the Colonials converted. The Golden Knights nearly scored short-handed as the puck went to the other end, but on the one-player change, Robert Morris took advantage. Center Jaycee Gebhard skated deep into the Clarkson end beyond the goal line and then sent a pass out to Amber Rennie at the bottom of the left circle, and the senior wing converted, going five-hole to put Robert Morris up 1-0 at 3:45.

Clarkson didn't trail for long as Loren Gabel put together an impressive individual effort to tie the game up just 65 seconds later. The Colonials were working the puck around in the Clarkson defensive zone, but a pass went errant near the blue line and Gabel raced out to chip the puck over another Robert Morris player, outmaneuvering the last defender for a one-on-one with goaltender Lauren Bailey, beating Bailey stick side at the 4:50 mark.

Although Clarkson was held scoreless for the rest of the period, the Knights clearly enjoyed the advantage, stringing together passes around the Robert Morris defenders and getting solid scoring chances. Just 10 seconds apart, Elizabeth Giguere barely missed converting in front as her tip attempts went just side of the post. The Knights ended the period with an 8-5 lead in shots, but the numbers didn't tell the whole story of Clarkson's scoring chances.

The Colonials came out with a renewed effort in the opening minutes of the second period with some solid scoring chances on Clarkson goaltender Kassidy Sauve, but the graduate student swept aside the shots. Any momentum that Robert Morris hoped to gain in those first few moments was nullified when Loren Gabel scored her second goal of the game at the 5:00 mark of the second period. Gabel was trying to sneak up for a long pass from Elizabeth Giguere, but the puck never made it through. However, Ella Shelton and Giguere picked the puck off the boards and sent a pass into the zone for Gabel, who skated a few strides into the middle of the right circle and sent a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Lauren Bailey, sending the goaltender's water bottle flying with the snipe shot top shelf.

Clarkson tallied another goal two minutes later at 7:08 when Michaela Pejzlova gathered the puck near the end line and found Taylor Turnquist in the slot for a one-timer, shooting the puck to the opposite post for her first goal of the season. Ella Shelton gained her second assist of the contest on Clarkson's third goal.

Clarkson and Robert Morris were scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the third period, but a penalty on the Knights put the Colonials up a skater and the visitors took advantage. With a little under a minute left in the power play, Sauve stopped the first shot by the Colonials, but a scramble in front ended with Robert Morris knocking in the loose puck at 12:15. Jayce Gebhard was awarded the goal with Amber Rennie and Lexi Templeton gaining assists.

The Colonials pulled their goalie in the final moments but did not get much in the way of chances on the Clarkson goal. In fact, it was the Knights that scored in the waning seconds when the two teams were once again even thanks to Clarkson holding possession of the puck in the Robert Morris end. Elizabeth Giguere finished off a pass from Michaela Pejzlova with 15 seconds remaining to give Clarkson an insurance goal to finish off the victory. Once again, Ella Shelton earned an assist, her third of the contest.

For the third straight game, Clarkson as on the short end of the shot exchange, trailing 32-27, though the Knights were up in that category for most of the game until they found themselves down a player after repeated penalties in the third. Kassidy Sauve stopped 30 shots for Clarkson and Lauren Bailey made 23 saves for the Colonials. The Green and Gold went scoreless in four power-play chances and Robert Morris was 2-for-7.