Clarkson Ladies Down Minnesota Duluth
After a sluggish start to its longest road trip of the year the third-ranked Clarkson University Women's Hockey team settled in to defeat 10th-ranked Minnesota Duluth 4-2 at Amsoil Arena on Friday night.
Clarkson will square off against Minnesota Duluth of the WCHA again on Saturday to complete their non-league series at 4:00 p.m. EST.
The Golden Knights, who outshot the Bulldogs 32-25, trailed 1-0 before the game was a minute old and were down 2-1 after the first period before rallying for their third straight victory.
Linemates, senior center Michaela Pejzlova (Pardubice, Czech Rep.) and junior Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) paced the Green and Gold offense with one goal and one assist each. Freshman right wing Gabrielle David (Drummondville, QUE) also collected two points on a pair of assists.
UMD opened the game with a goal by Gabbie Hughes just 31 seconds after the opening faceoff.
The Knights answered at 2:33 with the second career goal by junior defenseman Avery Mitchell (Pickering, ONT) with David and senior transfer Kayla Friesen (Winnipeg, MAN) assisting.
The Bulldogs regained the lead on Sydney Brodt's score at 12:52.
After that, Clarkson took control with three unanswered goals, including two less than four minutes apart in the second period to gain the road win.
Freshman Brooke McQuigge (Bowmanville, ONT) netted her first collegiate point at 13:25 of the middle frame with David picking up the assist to tie the game. David has recorded two assists in each of the first three games.
Senior center Michaela Pejzlova (Pardubice, Czech Rep.) finished off a pass from Giguere at 16:54 for the gamewinner.
Clarkson added an insurance goal by Giguere at 1:13 of the final frame. Linemates, senior Taylor Turnquist (Blaine, MN) and Pejzlova assisted.
The top offensive force in the country last season, Giguere has carried over her touch into the 2019-20 campaign and has tallied three goals and three assists through the first three games.
Giguere has 150 career points (56-94) through just 84 games. Pejzlova has five points on the season and 147 career points (58-89).
Junior transfer Amanda Zeglen (Calgary, ALB) earned her second straight win in the Clarkson crease with a 23-save effort.
Both teams were 0-of-1 on the power play.