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Clarkson women gear up to host ECAC rivals Brown, Yale

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POTSDAM - Following a weekend met with mixed results, the Clarkson University women’s hockey team will look to get back on track when they host a pair of ECAC Hockey games.

Ranked fifth in both national polls for the second straight week, the Golden Knights, guided by co-head coaches Matt and Shannon Desrosiers and assistant coach Matt Kelly, will host a pair of Ivy League foes at Cheel Arena this weekend. The Brown University Bears will come to town on Friday for a 7 p.m. game, followed by the Yale Bulldogs at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Entering the weekend with a 6-2-1 (1-1 ECAC) mark, the Knights, led by captain senior Carly Mercer (Exeter, ONT), are coming off a weekend that began with a tough 6-3 loss to defending ECAC champion Cornell, and ended with an impressive 2-0 shutout at Colgate. Early mistakes put Clarkson in a quick 2-0 hole against Cornell, and the team could not overcome a 4-1 deficit in the second period. Senior Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) paced the Green and Gold with one goal and one assist, and classmate Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) added her sixth and seventh assists on the year in the loss.

Senior Goaltender Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) stopped 18 shots on Friday but allowed a season-high six goals. She was much more impressive the following afternoon, stopping all 11 shots she faced and posting her second shutout of the season. Starting all nine games this year, Howe is currently 7th in the nation in goals-against average, allowing just 1.49 goals per game.

The Clarkson offense is led by sophomore defenseman Erin Ambrose (Exeter, ONT), who has already scored seven goals and added five assists, while forward Carly Mercer leads the team in points with 13, adding four goals and a team-high nine assists. Rattray is also in double digits in points already with 11, as her two goals last weekend brought her total to five on the year, coupled with six assists. The Knights have outscored opponents33-14 this season.

HOST BROWN FRIDAY

The Bears enter Friday’s game with a record of 1-1 (0-0 ECAC) after splitting with RIT last weekend to open the season. Entering her third year at the helm, Amy Bourbeau is 15-37-8 as the head coach for the Bears. After posting a 5-17 ECAC record last year, and a 6-20-1 record overall, Brown will look to start the conference season out with a road win over Clarkson.

The Knights have dominated the Bears in the overall series, going 13-4-1 including a pair of 2-1 victories last season.

HOST YALE SATURDAY

The Bulldogs enter the weekend after a trip to Boston that left them on the losing end of games with #6 Boston College and Boston University. With a record of 0-2 (0-0 ECAC), Yale opens up conference play with a trip to St. Lawrence before taking on the Knights on Saturday afternoon.

Clarkson is 9-7-4 all-time against the Bulldogs, including a 3-1 victory last year in the only meeting between the schools.

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