POTSDAM — The Clarkson University women’s hockey team continued its climb up the ECAC Hockey standings Saturday by defeating fourth-ranked Cornell 3-1 in Cheel Arena.
The No. 6 Golden Knights (19-4-3 overall, 10-2-2 conference) moved past Cornell into second place in the ECAC Hockey standings and are now three points behind first-place Harvard, though Clarkson has played one less game than the Crimson.
Clarkson is 7-0-1 in its last eight games and has outscored the opposition 32-10 in those contests. The Golden Knights have not lost since falling 2-1 to North Dakota on Dec. 6.
Clarkson co-coach Matt Desrosiers
Cornell (14-3-4, 9-2-3) defeated Clarkson 6-3 in Ithaca on Oct. 25, a score which proved to be a motivator for the Golden Knights.
In the first matchup the Big Red scored two goals in the first five minutes and Clarkson never got its game going.
On Saturday Clarkson reversed the pattern and took a 1-0 lead at 10 minutes, 7 seconds of the first period on a goal from Mercer, with Erin Ambrose and Genevieve Bannon assisting.
Clarkson added a second goal just 3:27 later when Vanessa Gagnon scored on passes from Brittany Styner and Jamie Lee Rattray.
The Big Red, who entered Saturday’s game scoring on 26.3 percent of its power plays, got back into the game at 5:30 of the second period with a power-play goal from Emily Fulton.
But Clarkson held the Big Red to just one power-play goal in five chances Saturday and outshot the Big Red 31-21.
One of Clarkson’s hardest workers Saturday was also the leading scorer in the nation, senior Jamie Lee Rattray.
Rattray hustled on both ends of the ice, often won fights for pucks along the boards and also blocked shots.
Rattray, who became Clarkson’s all-time leading scorer two weeks ago, and the school’s leader in goals scored Friday, added another goal to her tally at 12:36 of the second period to conclude the scoring.
But the Patty Kazmaier Award candidate felt some relief to have the records behind her, they were not the goals she really is seeking.
Jamie Lee Rattray