Knights Open Windjammer Tournament With Shutout

Knights Open Windjammer Tournament With Shutout

Good neutral zone defense turning into offense and a dominant puck possession game led the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team to a 4-0 win over Minnesota State early Friday afternoon in the opening contest of the Windjammer Classic at the University of Vermont.

The 6/7th-ranked Golden Knights improve to 11-2-4 overall and will play in the Windjammer Classic title tilt tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. against the winner of the Vermont/Penn State first-round game.

Clarkson outshot the Mavericks 34-21, including a 17-6 margin in the second period.

Sophomore Marie-Pier Coulombe (Carignan, QUE) posted 21 saves to record her third shutout of the season and fourth career whitewash.

Junior right wing Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) scored twice, while sophomore right wing Taylor Sawka (Cochrane, ALB) and freshman left wing Brooke McQuigge (Bowmanville, ONT) tallied once. Senior defenseman, Captain Ella Shelton (Ingersol, ONT), who missed the previous two games with an injury, recorded a pair of assists.

In a first period where both teams had some extended possession in the offensive zone, it was a neutral zone defensive play that turned into the game's opening score.

With Minnesota State coming through center, Giguere forced a turnover and sped up the right wing.  The junior winger was able to get in between the offensive zone faceoff circles and slip a backhand shot past the goaltender for her 16th score of the campaign at 7:03 of the frame.

The goal gave Giguere points in 13 straight games.

Clarkson was able to extend the lead thanks to some crease crashing. 

Sophomore left wing Morgan Helgeson (Lake Elmo, MN) used her speed to force the Mavericks off the blueline and the Green and Gold went to work.  After a keep in at the blue line by junior center Tia Stoddard (La Mesa, CA), Shelton drove the puck on net.  Sawka had three attempts at a rebound and scored on the third try.  The goal was confirmed by video review.  It was Sawka's first score of the season and came at 13:37 and Clarkson carried a 2-0 edge into the intermission.

Another power play went scoreless for the Green and Gold, however, Clarkson would capitalize shortly after to make the game 3-0 early in the middle frame.

Senior defenseman Taylor Turnquist (Blaine, MN) kept a puck at the offensive blueline and was able to find Giguere in the left circle.  Giguere directed the puck to senior center Kayla Friesen (Winnipeg, Man) in behind the net, who gave it right back to Giguere going to the net.  The winger was patient and made a move around the goalie, tucking the puck in for her second score of the day.  This coming at 3:38 of the second period. 

As the Golden Knights controlled puck possession throughout the stanza, Minnesota State was consistently forced to play defense.  A holding call to the Mavericks finally paid off in a Clarkson power-play score. 

Freshman defenseman Stephanie Markowski (Edmonton, ALB) was able to get a puck hard on net, generating a rebound to the top of the crease.  McQuigge got a second whack and converted with the extra man at 15:44, giving the Golden Knights a 4-0 advantage. 

Neither team scored over the final 20 minutes.

The Knights went 1-of-3 on the power play and killed of both of Minnesota State's man-advantage opportunities.