POTSDAM, N.Y. – Off a goal by senior defenseman Taylor Marchin, the Yale women's ice hockey team was just 3:35 away from forcing overtime against No. 3 Clarkson Friday night at Cheel Arena. Marchin's goal tied the score 2-2, marking the second time in the game the Bulldogs had fought back to a tie. But just 35 seconds after Marchin's goal the Golden Knights went back ahead, and another goal in final two minutes left Yale with nothing to show for its efforts but a 4-2 loss. Clarkson remained unbeaten in ECAC Hockey play and extended it nation-leading unbeaten streak to 17 games.
Fresh off a 33-day break, Clarkson (16-3-4, 10-0-1 ECAC Hockey) enjoyed a 10-3 shot advantage in the first period. It took a Yale penalty, however, for the Golden Knights to get a goal. Defenseman Ella Shelton's power play tally at 11:34 made the score 1-0 Golden Knights heading into the first intermission.
The second penalty kill of the game for Yale (5-10-3, 3-7-1 ECAC Hockey), early in the second period, was much more successful. The Bulldogs allowed just one shot on goal -- junior forward Kaitlin Gately had a block -- and ended the kill early by drawing a penalty on Clarkson. That helped swing some momentum in Yale's favor, and less than two minutes after the penalty ended the Bulldogs scored. Junior defenseman Kara Drexler backhanded the puck out of the neutral zone and ahead to junior forward Eden Murray, who fed it to senior forward Krista Yip-Chuck low in the right circle for a goal that tied the score at the 7:40 mark of the second.
The third period began with another Clarkson power play goal, this one at 6:42 as forward Amanda Titus tapped in a loose puck in the crease after a faceoff in the Yale zone. But freshman goaltender Tera Hofmann kept her team in the game with two big saves shortly after that, swallowing up a shot by forward Cassidy Vinkle during a 2-on-1 with less than eight minutes to go, and then denying forward Brielle Bellerive on a 2-on-1 three minutes later.
That set the stage for what seemed to be a dramatic Yale comeback, as the Bulldogs began buzzing the net and eventually earned a power play. Just 10 seconds in, off a faceoff win by Yip-Chuck and a pass from senior forward Phoebe Staenz, sophomore defenseman Julia Yetman set up Marchin for a blast from the right point that whizzed past Clarkson goalie Shea Tiley's right shoulder at 16:25. It was Marchin's fifth goal in the last seven games.
The Bulldogs' celebration was short-lived, however. Clarkson entered the game third in the nation in scoring, averaging 3.68 goals per game, and the Golden Knights showcased their offensive firepower in the waning minutes of the game. Thirty-five seconds after Marchin's tally, forward Geneviève Bannon left the puck in the left circle for forward Michaela Pejzlova, the Golden Knights' spectacular freshman from the Czech Republic. Pejzlova wristed one high past Hofmann's glove to give Clarkson a 3-2 lead. It was Pejzlova's ninth goal and 22nd point of the season.
A turnover by the Bulldogs then set up an insurance goal for Clarkson, as forward Cayley Mercer got the puck at the Yale blue line and skated in all alone on Hofmann. Mercer deked once and then backhanded in her 12th goal of the season, making it 4-2 with just 1:46 to play.
With the win, Clarkson maintains its hold on first place in the ECAC Hockey standings. The Golden Knights have a one-point lead on second place No. 9 Quinnipiac. Hofmann finished with 27 saves, while Tiley made 13.
Yale returns to the ice Saturday at No. 5 St. Lawrence at 3:00 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org, Yale Sports Publicity)