Brenneman denies 23 shots in 4-0 Knights women's hockey shutout over Brown
Potsdam, NY – Though the group didn't start as the top line, the high-scoring trio of Loren Gabel, Michaela Pejzlova and Elizabeth Giguere combined for three goals and three assists as the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team delivered a 4-0 win over Brown University in front of 375 fans at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights improved to 15-2-0 in ECAC Hockey play and 25-3-1 overall with their 14th consecutive win, the longest such streak in Division I. The Bears fell to 2-22-0 and 1-16-0 in league games. Clarkson takes on Yale University at 3:00 pm on Saturday.The Knights enjoyed numerous attempts on the Brown goal in the first period, but none of the tries were particularly clean. It wasn't until Clarkson went on the power play late in the first period that the Knights would break through. Ella Shelton possessed the puck at the point and sent a pass to Elizabeth Giguere, who skated into the corner. From there, Giguere found an open Michaela Pejzlova close to the bottom of the near circle, and the sophomore winger wristed a shot top shelf on Brown goaltender Calla Isaac's glove side to give the Knights a 1-0 lead at 17:05.
A few minutes into the second period, Clarkson once again picked up a power play goal, this time needing just 31 seconds of extra-skater time to add on to its lead. Pejzlova found Loren Gabel up close in the left circle, but the junior's shot was initially denied. Gabel then skated unimpeded behind the goal and was able to knock in her own rebound on the opposite side at 4:45 for her 27th score of the season.
Less than three minutes later, the Knights picked up their first even-strength goal of the contest. Michaela Boyle took control of the puck in the left circle and sent a pass around the back boards to Savannah Harmon on the opposite side. Harmon then delivered an incredible individual effort, skating back from where the puck came. She went around one defender, and then hit a pass to herself off the boards to elude another. From there, she split two more Brown players and rifled a shot past a fifth Brown defender and over Calla's stick for a 3-0 Clarkson lead at 7:35 of the second period.
Brown finally began to test Clarkson late in the second period thanks to the Golden Knights being whistled for four penalties in a span of less than four minutes. The Bears put seven shots on the Clarkson cage in the final 5:25 of the period, but Jenna Brenneman was up to the task and denied each Brown attempt.
At the start of the third period, the Knights tacked on another insurance goal when Brown was whistled for icing. On the ensuing faceoff at the opposite end, Loren Gabel's win at the circle saw the puck bounce over two players and to the stick of Elizabeth Giguere, who stuffed one inside the post at 1:42 for a 4-0 Clarkson advantage.
Clarkson finished with a 46-23 edge in shots, although the Bears picked up nine of those attempts on the power play during the first two periods. Jenna Brenneman finished with 23 saves for a shutout in her first career start. The sophomore goaltender has yet to allow a goal in 100 minutes of action this season. On the Brown side, Calla turned aside 42 shots. Clarkson was 2-for-3 on the power play and the Bears went scoreless on four opportunities, including the extended run in the final 5:25 of the second period.