Giguere Reaches 100 Assists in Knights' Win

Giguere Reaches 100 Assists in Knights' Win
A quiet offensive effort on Friday would not be repeated on day two of the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team's series against Lindenwood as the Golden Knights recorded four goals in the first period on the way to a 7-0 rout of the Lions Saturday afternoon at Cheel Arena.

The Knights, ranked fourth in the latest USCHO.com poll, improved to 5-1-2 with the win, while Lindenwood dropped to 2-4-2. Clarkson opens up ECAC Hockey play next weekend as the team travels to take on Union College and Rensselaer.

Fourteen different players recorded a point and five players scored a goal for the Golden Knights in the win. Elizabeth Giguere's assist on the fourth goal of the game gave her 100 assists for her career, just four shy of the program mark set by Jamie Lee Rattray (2010-2014) and later tied by Erin Ambrose (2012-2016).

Annika Asplundh stopped 43 shots in 44 tries and held Clarkson off the scoreboard for more than 61 minutes on Friday, but her luck ran out on Saturday afternoon as the Knights scored four times in a span of just over 10 minutes. The first goal of the game somewhat surprised the Lindenwood goaltender. Taylor Sawka took a shot from the top of the right circle and Asplundh made a pad save, but the rebound bounced all the way to the boards. Rhyen McGill collected the puck and sent it back into the mix, but it snuck past goaltender at 8:18 to give Clarkson a 1-0 lead.

With the pressure of scoring off, Clarkson unleashed its offense over the final seven minutes of the period. Elizabeth Giguere picked up the puck off a faceoff from near the Clarkson defensive zone and skated all the way up ice, working her way around for a forehand goal at 13:38. Less than a minute later, Meaghan Hector passed the puck beyond the end line to McGill, who took two strides forward and backhanded a shot while uncovered by the Lindenwood defense to make it 3-0. Late in the period, Clarkson took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play and wasted little time by scoring just five seconds after the puck dropped on the faceoff, as Gabrielle David tipped in a shot from Giguere, with Ella Shelton earning the other assist.

After the scoring barrage that ended the first period, the second stanza was relatively quiet until the waning moments. Clarkson scored its fifth goal of the game at the 18:27 mark of the second period when Tia Stoddard converted. Ella Shelton took a shot from the top of the slot, but the attempt deflected off a Lions' defender to Stoddard, who wristed a shot from the circle to make it 5-0. Down a player after a penalty, Clarkson scored short-handed only 35 seconds later. Elizabeth Giguere skated down the near side of the boards and delayed her move for as long as possible, fooling the goaltender and holding on to the puck before sneaking it in behind Asplundh at 19:02.

Clarkson concluded the scoring with only a single goal in the third period, recording its second power play goal of the game. Kristy Pidgeon received a two-line pass from Stephanie Markowski and skated in for a one-on-one shot with replacement goaltender Lauren Hennessey. The newcomer made the save, but the rebound found the stick of Brooke McQuigge, who finished off the play at the 11:24 mark of the third.

Clarkson owned a 47-14 edge in shots and went 2-for-7 on the power play. Marie-Pier Coulombe made 14 saves for the shutout for the Knights. Asplundh stopped 24 shots and Hennessey made 16 saves for Lindenwood.