Orosz Scores 2 But Clarkson Ladies Shade RPI
A pair of goals 16 seconds apart late in the third period, capped off by junior Kristy Pidgeon's game-winner lifted Clarkson past Rensselaer 5-4 at Houston Field House in Troy, NY on Saturday afternoon.
Winners of three straight and unbeaten in their last six games (4-0-2), the 5/6th-ranked Golden Knights improve to 7-1-2 overall and stand at 2-0-0 in ECAC Hockey. Clarkson shut out Union 4-0 in Schenectady on Friday night to open the league campaign. The Green and Gold return home to Cheel Arena, hosting Central NY rivals Colgate and Cornell this coming weekend.
Clarkson never led against the Engineers (0-8-1) until Pidgeon connected off a pass from freshman defenseman Lauren Bernard (Madison, OH) at 14:54 of the final period, firing in a low shot off a rush for her second goal of the season.
Just prior to that, at 14:38, junior right wing Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) tallied her eighth goal of the season, connecting off senior defenseman Ella Shelton's (Ingersol, ONT) second assist of the day to tie the score 4-4.
The game started slowly for the Green and Gold as RPI jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead before the game was four minutes old. Julia Blitz scored on the home team's first shot 93 seconds in, followed by a 5-on-3 power-play goal from Madrid-Waddington Blake Orosz at 3:11.
Freshman Gabrielle David (Drummondville, QUE) got things going for the Green and Gold with the game's next two scores. The rookie left wing took a behind-the-net pass from senior linemate, center Michaela Pejzlova (Pardubice, Czech Rep.) and snapped in a quick wrist shot from the side of the net at 6:42. Shelton also assisted.
At 10:30, David struck again, connecting off a pass from Giguere for a shorthanded goal to tie the game 2-2 through the opening 20 minutes.
The rivals traded goals late in the middle frame to make it a 3-3 game through two periods.
Sarah Bukvic gave the home team a brief 3-2 lead at 14:57, but Shelton tallied off a rebound on the power play for her second goal of the season.
The Engineers went back on top to start the third with Orosz scoring her second of the day at 3:35.
Clarkson, however, rallied back to claim its 10th straight victory over RPI.
The Knights held an overwhelming 49-19 advantage in shots.
Sophomore Marie-Pier Coulombe (Carignan, QUE) came on in relief in the Clarkson goal late in the second period and made four saves on five shots through the final 25:03 of action to record the win. Junior Amanda Zeglen (Calgary, ALB) started in the Clarkson crease and made 11 saves on 14 shots.
The Knights were 1-of-2 on the power play, while RPI was 1-of-4 with the man-advantage.