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Clarkson Ladies Advance To ECAC Semi-Finals

Potsdam, NY – For the second straight day, Marie-Pier Coulombe was excellent in net for the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team, stopping 28 shots in a 2-0 Golden Knights' win against Colgate Saturday afternoon in the second game of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals at Cheel Arena. The Golden Knights, ranked seventh in the most recent national polls, improved to 25-5-6 overall while the Raiders saw their season come to an end at 17-15-6, the third straight year Clarkson has eliminated Colgate in the postseason. The Green and Gold advance to the ECAC Semifinals for the eighth straight year and are in search of a fourth straight conference championship. Clarkson also reached the 25-win mark for the fifth straight season. In a near mirror image of Friday night's game, both teams provided plenty of offense without much in the way of results for the scoreboard. Each team had its share of blocked shots as most of the chances that got through to the goalies were routine saves. That changed in the 14th minute of the game as Marie-Pier Coulombe was called up for a solid pad save at the 13:15 mark and only 20 seconds later Brooke McQuigge challenged Liz Auby on a 2-on-1. A few minutes later, Rosy Demers was called for hooking on Elizabeth Giguere, possibly saving a goal as Giguere was alone in front trying to receive a pass. It turned out to not matter, as Clarkson scored only 19 seconds in to the player-advantage, though it would take more than three minutes to figure that out. Clarkson was busy on its power play and appeared to have beat Auby, but no goal was confirmed and the power play went on. Colgate eventually killed the penalty and a stoppage all the way at the 18:14 mark sent the officials to the replay booth. There, the referees discovered that Elizabeth Giguere's first shot was blocked and she quickly recovered the rebound, skating to the boards at the bottom of the circle and dropping a pass back to Gabrielle David, where the freshman wristed a shot through a narrow opening between the post and Auby's glove at 16:08. Ella Shelton also picked up an assist on the play, having started the play by giving the puck up to Giguere. Each team had chances in the second period as both carried the play for short bursts that saw lots of scoring opportunities. The best of the frame probably came late for the Raiders when a turnover near the blue line allowed Malia Schneider to come free for a one-on-none against Coulombe. However, Lauren Bernard skated in from the periphery and broke up the play before a shot was attempted. Colgate opened the third period on the power play after Giguere was whistled for a slashing penalty near the end of the second in retaliation for an uncalled tripping play, but the opportunity for the Raiders turned into little as Clarkson continually cleared the zone. Colgate got only two shots off during the power play, with just one making it on goal. The two teams skated 4-on-4 midway through the period, but neither team could put together prolonged offense in the open ice. The Raiders didn't help themselves late when a body-checking call was made with about seven minutes to go, but Clarkson was unable to cash in with an extra skater. Clarkson could have found itself on the power play a few more times late as play became rough late, but the Knights didn't need the extra skater to end the game. With less than two minutes remaining and Colgate seemingly needing to pull its goalie, Clarkson put pressure on the Raiders in their defensive end, keeping Auby between the pipes for an extra minute longer than the Colgate staff would have liked. With 47 seconds remaining, Auby was off, but Colgate failed to muster much in the way of offense, and the Knights put the game away with an empty-netter with just 3.3 seconds left when Kristy Pidgeon skated in alone to close things out. Shelton and David earned assists on the final goal of the game. Clarkson finished with a narrow 29-28 edge in shots, Coulombe making 28 saves for her seventh shutout of the season. Auby denied 27 shots for the Raiders. Clarkson finished 1-for-3 on the power play and Colgate was 0-for-2 on the power play.

NO. 1 CORNELL DENIES UPSET BID BY LADY SAINTS

The St. Lawrence University women's hockey team battled top-ranked Cornell University down to the last second, but the Saints' third-period comeback attempt fell short as the Big Red skated to a 3-2 victory to win the ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Lynah Rink in Ithaca.Cornell took a 3-1 lead with two goals in a span of three minutes and two seconds halfway through the third period, but St. Lawrence's Kayla Vespa cut the lead to one with an extra attacker goal with less than two minutes to play and the Saints had several opportunities to tie the game in the final minute before time expired.With the loss, the Saints finish the season 13-16-7.

Cornell improves to 27-1-3 and will host the ECAC Hockey semifinal and championship games next weekend."A battle to the end again down here in Ithaca," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "We played hard and had two great chances to tie it at the end of the game that would have made things really interesting. Our team played hard to the end and that was rewarding to see."The Big Red dominated the first period, but St. Lawrence goaltender Lucy Morgan made 11 saves, including a glove save on Cornell defenseman Jaime Bourbonnais, moving right-to-left across the crease to keep the game scoreless after one.Shainlynn Snow had the Saints' first good scoring chance seven minutes into the second period, taking a passing and spinning around to get a shot attempt, but the puck hit off the side of the net.The Big Red took a 1-0 lead halfway through the second period on a power play goal by Grace Graham. Gillis Frechette shot the puck from the high slot, and Morgan made a pad save, but Graham was right on the doorstep and backhanded the rebound into the open net.The Saints tied the game with three minutes left in the second, as Dakota Golde fed Julia Gosling with a pass at the Big Red blue line and Gosling skated in and fired a wrist shot into the left side of the net. Kristin Guerriero also assisted on the play with a pass from deep inside the Saints' defense end.Cornell took the lead again seven and a half minutes into the third period. After sustained pressure in the St. Lawrence zone, Kristin O'Neill found open ice in the left faceoff circle and fired a high shot from just inside the dot off the iron in the back of the net.

The Big Red took a 3-1 lead on the Saints' next power play, as Graham grabbed a loose puck at the top of the Cornell zone raced down the ice on a breakaway, beating Morgan with a shot high to the glove side for a shorthanded tally and her second goal of the game.Vespa cut the lead to one with less than two minutes to play with an extra attacker goal. The senior alternate captain curled around from behind the Cornell net and put a shot on goal that Browning saved, then picked up the rebound and lifted it over Browning's shoulder.The Saints had a few chances to tie the score in the final minute, with Shailynn Snow sending a backhand on net after an offensive zone faceoff win, and Anna Segedi also putting a shot on goal, but Browning saved both and preserved the win.

St. Lawrence's two goals against the Big Red marked just the third time this season Cornell has surrendered multiple goals in a contest. Three of those games came against St. Lawrence.Morgan made 27 saves for the Saints, while Browning stopped 11 shots for the Big Red.The loss marked the final collegiate game for the eight members of the senior class."This group of seniors did a great job this year with what was in front of them and can leave with some great memories," said Wells. "Winning the first game back at Appleton versus Clarkson is one that will last forever. It is always sad to see the season end, but we know we left it all on the ice." Attachments area







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