Clarkson Opens Season with Comeback Road Win

Clarkson Opens Season with Comeback Road Win

A pair of senior transfers and a promising rookie made big impressions in their first appearances in a Clarkson University Women's Hockey jersey and the nation's leading scorer from last year continued her offensive ways to power the Golden Knights to a 4-3 season-opening victory over Syracuse in Central NY on Friday evening.

Forwards Caitrin Lonergan (Roslindale, MA) and Kayla Friesen (Winnipeg, MAN), all-stars at St. Cloud State and Boston College, respectively scored in their first games in the Green and Gold as did freshman right wing Gabrielle David (Drummondville, QUE). Junior Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE), coming off a 73-point season last winter, tallied her sixth career shorthanded goal to round out the Clarkson scoring.

Sophomore Marie-Pier Coulombe (Carignan, QUE), making her fourth career start in goal, posted 29 saves, including several key third-period stops to gain the win.

It was a wild opening twenty minutes at Tennity Ice Pavillion. Clarkson got the game's first power play and used just seven seconds to connect on the man-advantage. Lonergan, who tallied 59 goals in her three-year career at Boston College, tapped in a shot from the point by senior defenseman, Captain Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, ONT) at 5:03 to open the scoring. Giguere also assisted.

Syracuse's Kelli Roswell tied the game at 10:10 with a gorgeous outside, in move.

Giguere put the Knights back on top less than a minute later, at 11:06, scoring on a shorthanded breakaway for her 54th career goal and 146th career point.

Syracuse, however, would tie the game up before intermission with a Lindsay Eastwood slap shot through traffic at 14:09.

The Orange would manage the only score in the middle stanza, just 24 seconds in as Emma Polaski put a wrist shot under the right arm of Coulumbe, giving the home team a 3-2 lead.

The Golden Knights used two scores in a seven-minute span early in the third period to erase the one-goal deficit and gain their 11th all-time season-opening victory in 17 campaigns.

David opened the scoring in the final frame, sliding in a pass by Freisen at 3:35. Senior Rhyen McGill (Whitby, ONT) also assisted. An even seven minutes later, it was Freisen, the three-year standout from St. Cloud, who potted home a rebound to give the Green and Gold a 4-3 lead. McGill and David recorded the assists.

Syracuse outshot Clarkson 32-24, but the Knights enjoyed a strong game in specialty teams play, going 1-of-2 on the power play and killing off all seven of the Orange's man-advantage chances while also scoring a shorthanded marker.

Unfortunately, injuries to Lonergan and McGill damped some of the celebration for the season-opening victory.