No. 5 Lady Knights Rebound With Shutout Win
Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) enjoyed a four-point night to move up on Clarkson's all-time scoring charts, pacing the Golden Knights to a 6-0 win at Brown in ECAC Hockey in Providence, RI on Saturday afternoon. Ranked 5/6th in the national polls Clarkson bounced back from a 5-2 loss at Yale on Friday to improve to 15-3-4 overall and to 6-2-2 in ECAC Hockey. Clarkson will battle archrival St. Lawrence in a North Country home-and-home series next weekend, hosting the Saints at Cheel Arena on Friday before playing in Canton on Saturday.
With the one-goal, three-assist outing, Giguere moved into second place among Clarkson' all-time leading scorers with 184 career points. The nation's top goal scorer this season with 22 tallies, the junior right wing surpassed 2014 Patty Kazmaier Award winner Jamie Lee Rattray '14 for second on the Green and Gold's charts. Through 103 games, Giguere has amassed 75 goals and 109 assists and trails only 2019 Patty Kazmaier Award winner Loren Gabel '19 (213 points) on the Green and Gold's scoring chart. Along with her nation-high goal total Giguere has also recorded 18 assists and 40 points in 22 games this year. It took the Knights a period to find their rhythm on the Meehan Auditorium ice, putting only five shots on net while taking a 1-0 first period lead. The Green and Gold were dominant over the final 40 minutes en route to extending their unbeaten streak over the Bears to 25 games (23-0-2). Junior Kristy Pidgeon (Ingleside, ONT) opened the scoring at 7:07 of the first period, finishing off a 2-on-1 rush by connecting on a pass through the crease by sophomore Morgan Helgeson (Lake Elmo, MN). The Knights built a 3-0 lead with a pair of goals in a 30-second span in the opening minute of the middle frame. Senior center Kayla Friesen (Winnipeg, MAN) took a cross-crease pass by Giguere and knocked in her eighth goal of the season just 23 seconds into the period. Freshman defenseman Stephanie Markowski (Edmonton, ALB) also set up the play. Clarkson made it 3-0 when freshman defenseman Emily Wisnewski (Plymouth, MN) connected on a rising wrist shot from the top of the left circle 53 seconds in for her first career goal. Pidgeon and senior captain, defenseman Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, ONT) also assisted. The score remained that way until midway through the final stanza when the Green and Gold added three more goals. Freshman Gabrielle David (Drummondville, QUE) set up the fourth goal at 10:37, leaving a drop pass at the right circle where Giguere found it and fired in a shot through a screen in front. Giguere and David teamed up for Clarkson's fifth goal at 16:46. The leading offensive force among rookies in the country, David took a pass from Giguere in the left circle and wristed in her ninth goal of the season. Freshman defenseman Lauren Bernard (Madison, OH) also assisted. With less than two minutes to play senior forward Katherine Beaumier (Richland, WA) started the play on the Knights' sixth goal for her first career point. Beaumier free the puck from along the boards where Giguere picked it up and went to the net. After a rebound on Giguere's shot came out front, Friesen came in to score at 18:44 for her second goal of the night and third of the weekend. Clarkson outshot Brown 36-17. Sophomore Marie-Pier Coulombe (Carignan, QUE) posted her fourth shutout of the season and fifth career whitewash. Both teams were 0-of-3 on the power play.