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Fast start keys win over Clarkson women over SLU


POTSDAM — Junior forward Jamie Lee Rattray wasted little time setting a tone in Clarkson’s 3-1 win over rival St. Lawrence University in a women’s hockey game Friday afternoon at Cheel Arena.

Rattray, a member of Canada’s junior national team, set up a goal for teammate Brittany Styner just 44 seconds into the game, giving Clarkson (21-6 overall, 13-2 confererence) a lead it would not relinquish.

“I saw (Rattray) coming around and I was wide open,” Styner said. “I just tried to put it far side.”

It was just one goal, but when Clarkson scores first this season, it is 16-2.

“It’s big,” Clarkson co-coach Matt Desrosiers said. “We talked before the game that we had to get off to a good start. They usually like to come out of the gates flying. That really set the tone for us.”

Said Styner, “It definitely sets the momentum for us. (SLU) is stuck being down a goal and it gave us a lot of confidence.”

Rattray gave Clarkson a 2-0 lead over the Saints (14-11-2, 9-5-1) with a power-play goal at 7 minutes, 38 seconds of the second period on a shot that clanged off the post and went in.

“I wasn’t really sure it went in until the horn went off,” Rattray said. “I got lucky there. I think it hit a stick in front.”

Friday’s goal was Rattray’s 17th of the season, and she has 23 assists in 25 games.

“She always brings energy in every practice and every game,” Desrosiers said. “Setting that (first) goal up is the way she plays.”

SLU had chances to tie the game in the first period but could not capitalize on opportunities. The Saints had two power-plays in the first period and one early in the second, but two of SLU’s power plays ended early when SLU was called for having too many players on the ice.

“A huge thing was we took advantage of our opportunities and we really dominated them down low,” Rattray said.

The Saints cut Clarkson’s lead to 2-1 late in the second period when Brooke Fernandez scored a power-play goal at 18:27.

But Clarkson had three power-play chances in the third period and regained a two-goal lead just 3:28 into the final period on a goal from defenseman Renata Fast that deflected off an SLU player.

“They played a lot better than we did and didn’t allow us to get into our game at all,” Saints coach Chris Wells said. “They really kept us to the outside and eliminated a lot of our opportunities to the net.”

Clarkson outshot the Saints 30-15 and converted on 2-of-8 power-play chances. SLU was held to only five total shots on its five power-play opportunities.

Friday’s win was the third for Clarkson against SLU this season. The teams played a pair of nonconference games to start the season. SLU leads the all-time series 15-10-4, but is 3-8-3 at Cheel Arena.

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