Elite Players Lead Clarkson Ladies' Comeback
A come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Dartmouth, powered by three of the top players in the country, closed out the regular season on a high note for Clarkson. The Golden Knights, who finished the league campaign with a 14-4-4, third-place conference mark, will host an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series at Cheel Arena for the ninth consecutive postseason next weekend. Clarkson will face Colgate in the best-of-three game series, starting on Friday at 6:00 p.m. The Knights and Raiders will meet up again on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., and will play a deciding series tie-breaking third game on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in if necessary. Ranked 7th in the national polls, Clarkson stands at 23-5-6 overall. The Knights, who defeated Harvard 4-1 in Cambridge, MA on Friday behind a four-goal effort from junior right wing Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE), received another strong performance from the Top 10 Patty Kazmaier Award Finalist on Saturday afternoon in Hanover, NH. The nation's leading goal scorer, Giguere set up the Clarkson's opening goal and tallied her 35th goal of the season (eight more than any other Division I player) for her 10th game-winner of the year, which is also tops in the country. Giguere is second in the nation in points with 63, including 28 assists through 34 games. In 115 career games, Giguere has amassed 207 points (88-119). Freshman Gabrielle David (Drummondville, QUE), who leads the nation's rookies in points, tallied the Knights' first score, giving her 13 goals and 36 points. Sophomore Marie-Pier Coulombe (Carignan, QUE) continued her solid play in the Green and Gold crease with 25 saves. She ranks third in the nation in save percentage (.950) and goals against average (1.20). Dartmouth started things off with a scored first late in the opening period by Georgia Kraus, who picked up a deflected pass in front and knocked in a shot at 15:58. With eight seconds left in the middle Frame, David took a pass from Giguere and slipped in the Knights' first goal. Giguere, who has scored nine of Clarkson's last 11 goals, connected for the game-winner unassisted at 8:56 of the third period. Clarkson held a 28-26 shot advantage. The Knights went 0-of-4 on the power play and killed off both of the Big Green's man-advantage opportunities.