Clarkson women skate to 3-3 tie against #2-ranked Cornell
Friday, February 4, 2011 - 11:10 pm

The Clarkson University Women’s Hockey team put a scare into second-ranked Cornell on Friday night at Cheel Arena, but the Big Red were able to rally late to gain a 3-3 tie against the Golden Knights to remain unbeaten in ECAC Hockey action.

Three different Knights scored goals and freshman Erica Howe (Ottawa, ONT) was strong in the Clarkson net with 27 saves as the Green and Gold put an end to Cornell’s 18-game winning streak, handing the Big Red their first blemish in league play this season.

Clarkson, which is unbeaten in its last five games (4-0-1), stands at 11-13-4 overall and owns an 8-6-2 ECAC Hockey mark. The Knights host Colgate on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

Clarkson overcame a 1-0 first-period deficit to build a 3-1 lead midway through the third period. Cornell (22-1-1, 16-0-1), however, scored twice in the final four minutes of the third to gain the tie on the road.

The Knights came out with a strong effort in the first period, outshooting the Big Red 7-5, but Cornell grabbed the initial lead, connecting on its second power play of the stanza. Chelsea Karpenko finished off pass from Laura Fortino with a quick shot from the bottom of the right circle at 17:22 for her 14th goal of the season.

Cornell held an 11-6 shot advantage in the second frame, but it was the Knights who capitalized on their chances to take a 2-1 lead through 40 minutes.

Junior defenseman Katelyn Ptolemy (Dinsmore, SASK) tied the game with her second goal of the season at 7:06 with a rising slapshot from the right point. Classmate Juana Baribeau (Amos, QUE) set up the goal with hard work behind the Cornell net, sending the puck out to the point for Ptolemy, who scored the first goal against the Big Red in over three games.

Clarkson took the lead late in the stanza when freshman Jamie Lee Rattray (Kanata, ONT) tallied her fourth goal of the season. Rattray took a pass from linemate, junior Gabrielle Kosziwka (Limehouse, ONT) along the blueline, skated to the bottom of the left circle and fired off a wrist into the back of the net at 16:44. Ptolemy also assisted.

Midway through the third period, the Knights went on top 3-1 when freshman Brittany Styner (Calgary, ALB) tallied her first career goal, finishing off a pass from Rattray at 11:17.

Cornell battled back, however, with a pair of goals by Catherine White 2:08 apart to tie the game at 3-3. White tallied her first off an assist by Karpenko at 16:02 to cut the Clarkson lead to one.

With less than two minutes to play, the Big Red went on their fifth power play of the contest and pulled their goaltender for a two-man advantage. The added pressure for Cornell paid off as the Big Red’s top-rated power play connected when White tapped in a pass from Karpenko at 18:10 to tie the game. Fortino also set up the goal for her second assist.

Cornell, which outshot Clarkson 30-27, went 2-of-5 on the power play, while the Knights were 0-of-2 with the extra skater.