Potsdam, NY – Senior Ella Shelton recorded her 100th career point and then tacked on a few more for good measure as the Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team recorded a 5-0 victory over Brown University in ECAC Hockey play Friday evening at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights, ranked seventh in the latest polls, improved to 19-4-6 overall and 10-3-4 in conference games while Brown dropped to 3-19-2 and 2-14-1. Clarkson is back in action on Saturday afternoon as the Green and Gold will look to avenge a loss earlier in the season against the Yale Bulldogs.
It was slow going in the first period for both teams, though Clarkson certainly had the upper hand on offense, outshooting Brown by a total of 28-10 (15-6 shots on goal). Clarkson saw two true chances come away empty midway through the period. Elizabeth Giguere outskated the Brown defense for a loose puck near center ice and gained possession close to the blue line for a short break away, but Calla Isaac made a brilliant sprawling save with her skate to keep the game scoreless. About 90 seconds later the Bears were whistled for a high sticking penalty to put Clarkson on the power play, and though the Knights had six shots in that two-minute span with an extra skater, they came away empty.
That would not be the case at the start of the second period. Brown was called for hooking 50 seconds into the middle frame and Clarkson took no time in taking advantage. Tia Stoddard had the puck near the left circle and switched the angle to Shelton at the opposite side. The senior defenseman then found Giguere near the top of the circle and she slid a shot through traffic at the 1:06 mark to give Clarkson a 1-0 lead.
Both offenses were fairly quiet for the next few minutes, but Clarkson got on the board again at 13:40. Shelton gave up the puck to Giguere on the opposite side of the ice and the junior then passed the puck to Kayla Friesen near the top of the slot. Friesen took a shot, but her attempt was slowed by a Brown defender’s stick. That turned out to work just fine for the Knights as Shelton was cycling into traffic a few feet from that spot and helped the puck regain some momentum by sliding it past Isaac for the goal.
Later in the second period, Brown was on the power play, but Clarkson snuffed out the power play chance and was quickly back to even strength. Tia Stoddard joined the fray off the bench and helped Clarkson in the odd-skater rush as Giguere sent a long pass across the zone to locate Stoddard, who chipped the puck in at 16:13. Shelton also was awarded an assist for starting the play near center ice.
Clarkson tallied early in the third period to put the game away. After a save from Marie-Pier Coulombe, Clarkson and Brown were facing off deep in the Knights’ defensive zone. However, the Green and Gold won the joust and were up ice in no time for a two-on-one. Avery Mitchell found Kristy Pidgeon along the boards and Pidgeon chipped the puck forward with Taylor Turnquist streaking towards the net. Her shot up close found the pads of Calla Isaac, but the rebound came almost perfectly to Gabrielle David’s stick and she finished the play off at 0:43 in the third.
After a quiet stretch, the Knights added yet another insurance goal with just under six minutes to go. David brought puck up along the right side boards, and though her first pass was denied by the Brown defender skating along her side, her second pass zipped through the slot to Shelton, who chipped it in while crashing into Isaac at 14:14.
Shelton finished with four points, scoring two goals and assisted on two others. Giguere added three points with a goal and an assist, her sixth straight game against the Bears with at least one goal and at least two points.
Coulombe and Amanda Zeglen combined on the shutout for the Knights, stopping a total of 17 shots. It was the seventh shutout of the year for Clarkson and its fifth in league play. For Brown, Calla Isaac was called upon regularly, as she made 34 saves.
Clarkson finished with a 39-17 edge in shots on goal and went 1-for-3 on the power play. Brown was held scoreless in its two chances with the extra attacker.