Clarkson Ladies Frustrated In 1-1 Hockey Tie
POTSDAM – Every shot seemed to find the glove or pad of Lindenwood's Annika Asplundh, as the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team had to settle for a 1-1 tie against the Lions despite a mammoth 44-21 edge in shots Friday night at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights, ranked fourth in the latest USCHO.com poll, moved to 4-1-2 overall while the Lions saw their record to go 2-3-2. The two teams will complete the two-game set on Saturday afternoon.
Clarkson looked like it may be able to score with frequency on Friday night if the early going was any indication. After an icing call gave the Knights possession in the Lindenwood defensive zone, Michaela Pejzlova won the faceoff, with the puck ending up on the stick of Elizabeth Giguere in the slot. Though Giguere's shot was saved, the rebound came to Pejzlova, who put on a stick-handling display in front of the crease before finishing things off with a backhand past Asplundh's glove at 3:41.
That would be all of the scoring for the Knights for the next 60 minutes, however, and Lindenwood would score late in the second period to tie the game. Sierra Burt gained control near center ice and skated in to the center of the ice with her linemates flanking her. Jada Burke filled the lane to Burt's left and a quick pass was wristed around Clarkson goaltender Marie-Pier Coulombe at 14:42.
The third period was full of opportunities for the Golden Knights as the team enjoyed more than six and a half minutes on the power play. In all that time up a skater, Clarkson tossed 13 shots at the Lindenwood goal, but nothing could get past Annika Asplundh. The Knights had numerous chances in front, starting with a point-blank chance by Gabrielle David at the 14-minute mark that was denied. Six-plus minutes later, Pejzlova stole the puck while Clarkson was on the penalty kill, but her shot was high and saved by Asplundh. Less than two minutes later, Elizabeth Giguere stole the puck at the blue line and appeared ready to finish off one of her patented break away chances, but the shot hit Asplundh square for a save. An attempted tip in with four minutes to go just went wide, and in the final minute both Ella Shelton and Pejzlova were denied, sending the game to overtime.
The extra session saw Clarkson keep up the pressure, but still unable to find a game-winner. A 3-on-2 with the top line closing in on the net was flicked away with just over a minute remaining. However, the Lions nearly celebrated as the speedy Sierra Burt almost beat Coulombe, but her shot was wide with 20 seconds to go. That was not the last gasp for either team, though, as Gabrielle David's attempt on a 2-on-1 with less than a second to go was stopped.
Though less than half were on the goal, Clarkson took 93 total shots in the game, with 44 on goal and 43 saved by Asplundh. At the other end, Coulombe denied 20 shots in the 1-1 tie. Clarkson went 0-for-6 on the power play and Lindenwood failed to convert in its three chances on the power play.
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