November 30, 2007

Clarkson Blanks Yale 6-0

Nov. 30, 2007

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Clarkson scored twice in each period, including three power-play goals, to hand Yale a 6-0 loss Friday night at Ingalls Rink. Marie-Jo Gaudet and Melissa Waldie each had hat tricks.

Two goals in a three-minute span late in the first period changed the complexion of the game. The teams were even throughout the game's first 12 minutes, with Yale's best chance coming a minute in when goalie Eve Grandmont-Berube left a rebound of a shot by freshman forward Bray Ketchum loose in front and junior defenseman Helen Resor nearly knocked it in. Yale freshman goalie Jackee Snikeris made a glove save on a wrister from Gaudet from the right circle after a Yale turnover 10 minutes in.

Snikeris also got a piece of a shot by Britney Selina, the third-leading scorer in the conference, when the Golden Knights had a 3-on-1 with 8:30 left. A minute later the Knights finally got one past her when Gaudet tipped Carlee Eusepi's shot into the upper left corner.

Four minutes later a turnover in front of the Yale net proved costly. Genevieve Lavoie took the puck away and sent it back to Gaudet, whose initial wrister was stopped. But Gaudet grabbed the rebound and put it home to make it 2-0 Clarkson.

The Knights added two power-play goals in the second period, outshooting Yale 16-6, to pull away. Two minutes in Gaudet scored off a Katie Morrison assist. Two minutes after that Snikeris made a quick stick save on Selina's attempted redirection from right in front to keep Yale within three.

A penalty on Resor gave Clarkson the chance to extend its lead with four minutes left in the period. The play started deep in the Golden Knight zone, where Kimberly McKenney fed Melissa Waldie. Waldie then quickly worked it ahead to Selina, who drove towards the corner down the right side and then slipped the puck into the slot. Waldie put it in from there.

Grandmont-Berube turned aside Resor's shot from right in front with less than two minutes to play in the period to keep it 4-0 Clarkson heading into the intermission.

The Knights got back on the board quickly in the third. With Jessica Cloutier tying up a Yale defender along the boards behind the net, Waldie came in and took the puck from her, skated in front and lifted a backhander past Snikeris at 4:59.

Another Yale penalty six minutes into the period gave the Knights a chance to tack on a goal. McKenney fed Eusepi for a slap shot that Snikeris saved, but Waldie was camped out in front to put the rebound home.

Senior Shivon Zilis then came on for Snikeris, and she made seven saves. Zilis has not allowed a goal in her last 53:33 in net and remains fifth in the country in save percentage (now .940).

Grandmont-Berube needed to make only one save in the third period; she finished with 20. Clarkson, which led the country in fewest penalty minutes entering the game, was whistled only twice and allowed Yale just one shot on the power play.

The six-goal deficit was Yale's largest margin of defeat since a 7-1 loss to St. Lawrence Feb. 18, 2006. The Bulldogs host the Saints Saturday at 4:00.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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