Lady Knights Add To Nation's Best Win Streak
Senior Kayla Friesen (Winnipeg, MAN) and junior Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) both tallied two goals and one assist to help Clarkson extend the nation's longest unbeaten streak to nine games (6-0-3) with a 4-1 win over Mercyhurst at Cheel Arena on Friday afternoon. Ranked fifth in the national polls, Clarkson, which has not lost since October 5, improves to 9-1-3. The Golden Knights and Mercyhurst (7-3-1) will meet up again on Saturday in another 2:00 p.m. non-league contest. After a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the teams combined for three goals in the middle frame with Clarkson coming out on top 2-1 after two periods. Mercyhurst got on the scoreboard first early in the stanza, when Laker Captain Michele Robillard blocked a shot at the Clarkson blueline and skated in for a breakaway, scoring on a low wrist shot from the bottom of the left circle at 1:09. Giguere would score her first of the day at 10:30, finishing off a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush. Giguere took a cross-crease past from Friesen, waited for Mercyhurst's Kennedy Blair to commit in the crease and then slipped a shot between the sprawling goaltender and the near post for her third shorthanded goal of the season and eighth career shorty. At 14:52, Friesen put the Green and Gold in front, knocking in a perfect pass in from from freshman Gabrielle David (Drummondville, QUE) at the top of the crease. Giguere also assisted. The Knights scored their third unanswered goal early in the third as Giguere picked up a rebound off the back boards on a shot by junior defenseman Avery Mitchell (Pickering, ONT) and fired in a shot from the right side just 42 seconds in for her 13th goal of the season. David recorded her second assist of the game and team-high 15th of the season. Friesen made it 4-1, tipping in a shot from the point by freshman defenseman Lauren Bernard (Madison, OH) at 15:17 for her sixth goal as a Golden Knight. Clarkson outshot the Lakers 37-21. Sophomore Marie-Pier Coulombe (Carignan, QUE) posted 20 saves to improve her record to 7-1-2. Clarkson killed off all seven Mercyhurst power plays, while also scoring a shorthanded marker. The Knights went 0-of-4 on the man-advantage.