Clarkson Ladies Win Duel Of ECAC Leaders
With a three-goal third-period effort 7th-ranked Clarkson pulled away from No. 10 Harvard for a 4-0 victory in a battle between two of the top teams in ECAC Hockey before 718 fans at Cheel Arena on Saturday afternoon. Senior captain, defenseman Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, ONT) led the way offensively with her fourth-career two-goal outing and sixth career three-point game. Sophomore Marie-Pier Coulombe (Carignan, QUE) was solid once again in the Golden Knights' net, posting 29 saves for her fifth shutout of the season. Clarkson held a slight 30-29 edge in shots over the Crimson. The Knights' specialty teams were strong as the Green and Gold shut down Harvard on all five of its power-plays, including a five-minute major late in the second period and a brief two-man advantage for the Crimson late in the third frame. Clarkson went 1-of-2 on the power play. Shelton scored the only goal the Knights would lead when she connected for a one-timer from the top of the slot off a perfect feed by senior center Michaela Pejzlova (Pardubice, Czech Rep.) while on the power play at 9:45 of the opening period. With the helper, Pejzlova reached 100 assists in her career. Junior Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) also assisted. After a scoreless middle frame, the Green and Gold struck three times early in the third to extend their unbeaten streak over Harvard to 12 games (9-0-3), including five consecutive victories. Freshman defenseman Lauren Bernard (Madison, OH) scored just 35 seconds into the final period, finishing off a highlight-reel goal with shot in front for her second goal of the season. Classmate Brooke McQuigge (Bowmanville, ONT) and Giguere assisted. At 4:53, Shelton made it 3-0 with her sixth goal of the season with Pejzlova and junior Kristy Pidgeon (Ingleside, ONT) setting up the score. Top freshman point producer in the country Gabrielle David (Drummondville, QUE) closed out the scoring with her 11 goal of the season at 8:43. Sophomore Morgan Helgeson (Lake Elmo, MN) and Shelton assisted. With the two goals and one assist, Shelton moved closer to becoming the third Clarkson defenseman to reach the century club. Through 142 games, Shelton has amassed 98 points on 23 goals and 75 assists from the blueline. Coulombe posted nine saves in the first period, 11 more in the middle frame and nine additional stops over the final 20 minutes to backstop Clarkson to its fifth shutout all-time over Harvard. At 18-4-4 overall and 9-3-2 in ECAC Hockey play, the Knights take to the road next weekend for the always difficult trip to Central NY playing Cornell and Colgate.