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Clarkson Ladies Sweep SU On Ice

Senior transfer Kayla Friesen (Winnipeg, MB) came up big once again in her opening weekend as a Golden Knight scoring two more goals and assisting on another to help lift the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team to a 5-1 victory over Syracuse University before 648 fans in its home opener at Cheel Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The third-ranked Golden Knights, who knocked off the Orange 4-3 in Central NY on Friday night, will take their 2-0 record on the road for the next four games, traveling out to the Midwest for the two-game series at Minnesota Duluth this coming weekend.

A three-year standout at St. Cloud State, Friesen has made a big impression at Clarkson, tallying four goals and five points in her first two games for the Green and Gold.

The nation's leading scorer from last year, junior Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) also had the hot hand in the weekend sweep of Syracuse, collecting a goal and an assist in both games.

Giguere opened the scoring in Saturday's contest, slipping in a low shot, short side from the top of the crease at 15:04 of the first period for her 55th career goal. Freshman defenseman Stephanie Markowski (Edmonton, ALB) and senior Michaela Pejzlova (Pardubice, Czech Republic) assisted.

Pejzlova made it 2-0 at 17:49, knocking in a perfect centering pass from Friesen for her 57th career goal. Freshman Gabrielle David (Drummondville, QUE) also assisted.

A pair of power-play goals in the middle frame gave the Knights a 4-0 lead through 40 minutes.

Senior Taylor Turnquist (Blaine, MN), playing up front due to injuries to Clarkson forwards, finished off a beautiful passing combination from Pejzlova, with her second assist of the game, and Giguere at 5:40. Friesen netted her first of the night on a rising wrist shot from the left circle with 1:27 remaining in the period. Blueline partners, freshman Lauren Bernard (Madison, OH) and junior Meaghan Hector (Georgetown, ONT) assisted.

At 3:55 of the third, Syracuse's Anna Leschyshyn spoiled the shutout bid by Clarkson junior transfer Amanda Zeglen (Calgary, ALB), knocking in a rebound in front while on the man-advantage.

Friesen closed out the weekend scoring at 17:53, sneaking a shot through the five-hole of Orange goaltender Allison Small. David, with her fourth assist of the weekend, and junior defenseman Avery Mitchell (Pickering, ONT) set up the goal.

Clarkson held a 29-24 shot advantage. The Knights were 2-of-5 on the power play and killed off five of Syracuse's six man-advantage attempts.

Zeglen, a transfer from Ohio State, stopped 23 of 24 shots in her Clarkson debut.

Ohio State 3 - SLU 2: Ninth-ranked Ohio State scored two goals in a span of eight seconds in the final 1:04 of the third period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory over St. Lawrence in a non-league women's hockey game on Saturday afternoon at OSU Ice Rink in Columbus Ohio.

Madison Bizal tied the game with the Buckeyes skating with an extra attacker with 1:04 to play, and Emma Maltais scored the game-winner just 18 seconds later. Tatum Skaggs assisted on both goals for the Buckeyes.

Maggie McLaughlin and Kayla Vespa scored goals for the Saints, who fell to 0-2-0 on the season. Ohio State improved to 2-0-0.

"Heartbreaker today," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "Our team played hard all game long, as did Ohio State. This one will sting for a bit, especially with 10-and-a-half hours on the bus ahead of us. We are a much better hockey team today than when we arrived and we all learned some great things about ourselves. Everyone in our room is looking forward to another chance to play soon."

McLaughlin gave the Saints a 1-0 lead five minutes into the second period, putting away a loose puck from the right side after shots by Brittney Gout and Anna Segedi were saved by Ohio State goaltender Andrea Brändli.

The Buckeyes tied the game less than two minutes later, with Teghan Inglis firing a shot from the slot through a crowd into the back of the net.

Halfway through the second, the Saints took the lead again. Shailynn Snow created a turnover by the half boards and found Vespa alone in the slot. Vespa fired a wrist shot over Brändli's glove.

Ohio State pulled the goaltender for an extra attacker with 3:20 remaining in the game and kept sustained pressure on the Saints for most of the next two minutes before Bizal tied the game, taking a pass from behind the net from Skaggs to the left faceoff dot and one-timing a shot into the right side.

The Buckeyes won the ensuing faceoff, and Skaggs found Maltais with a pass across the goal mouth and Maltais put it away to give Ohio State its first lead of the game.

Lucy Morgan made 36 saves in her first collegiate start in goal for the Saints. Brändli made 17 saves for Ohio State, which outshot the Saints 39-19.

The Saints will be back on the road next week, facing New Hampshire in a Thursday-Friday series in Durham, New Hampshire.

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