POTSDAM - Entering the weekend with a three game unbeaten streak (2-0-1), the Clarkson University womens hockey team will look to continue that success as they host a pair of ECAC Hockey games.
Guided by co-head coaches Matt and Shannon Derosiers and assistant coach Matt Kelly, the Golden Knights are currently ranked sixth in both national polls and will host a pair of games at Cheel Arena this weekend. The Dartmouth Big Green arrive Friday night for a 7 p.m. game, followed by the Harvard Crimson at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Knights are now 7-2-2 (2-1-1 ECAC Hockey) after tying Brown 1-1 in overtime last Friday and dismantling Yale 7-0 on Saturday afternoon. Led by senior captain Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT), the Green and Gold managed 54 shots on net but could only manage one goal against the Bears. The following afternoon they left no doubt, scoring early and often as they took down the Bulldogs. Senior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) tallied a goal and three assists against Yale, as well as the lone goal against Brown to lead the Knights with five points on the weekend.
Senior goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) stopped 10 shots against Brown on Friday before stopping 22 shots against Yale to pick up her third shutout of the season. She currently finds herself in the top 10 in the nation in save percentage (.937), goals-against average (1.29), winning percentage (.727), and shut outs.
Offensively, sophomore Erin Ambrose (Keswick, ONT) and Rattray lead the team with seven goals each. Senior Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) already finds herself in double digits with 11 assists, and Carly Mercer and Rattray have each added nine. Rattray and Styner have been impressive in league play, as both have eight points in the four games so far this season.
HOST DARTMOUTH FRIDAY
Dartmouth comes limping into Cheel with a record of 1-4 (1-3 ECAC Hockey), and have been outscored 18-9 this season. Coming off their lone win, a 3-1 victory at Rensselaer, the Big Green will look to build momentum as we enter November. Offensive troubles have led to only one player scoring more than one goal for Dartmouth, however, and three different starting goaltenders in five games have led to inconsistency on the defensive end. Clarkson has won three straight games over Dartmouth, including a 5-0 home victory last year and a3-1 win on the road.
HOST HARVARD SATURDAY
After sweeping the Crimson in the regular season last year, Harvard got the last laugh as they took down the Knights in the semifinals of the ECAC Hockey tournament before losing to Cornell in the championship game. Entering the weekend with a record of 3-1 (3-1 ECAC Hockey), Harvard has outscored opponents 12-4 on the season. Emerance Maschmeyer has been impressive in net, stopping 94 shots and recording two shutouts. Scoring has been spread out for the Crimson, with two players leading the way with three goals each.