Did You Know: The Clarkson Hockey program has amassed 10,001 goals since the 1920-21 season?

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Women @ Colgate / Cornell

The Women's Hockey Team hits the road for an important two game set with two teams that are definitively "Jekyll and Hyde" as they travel to Cornell and Colgate. With five teams separated by four points in the ECACHL heading into this weekend's play. Clarkson sits in a tie with Princeton for third place with 20 points behind league leaders St. Lawrence (22) and Brown (21) with just six more games to go in the regular season.

Friday Night the Golden Knights will face a Big Red team that has won three of their last four, after a six game stretch where they were pummeled by the top of the league. Cornell is 8-14-0 overall this year, with a 4-12-0 record in conference play. With four ECACHL games left this season, Cornell sits in ninth place in the ECACHL, and will essentially need to win out the rest of the season and get some help to have any chance at the conference playoffs. The Big Red are lead by sophomore forward Caeleigh Beerworth who in 22 games has 19 points on six goals and thirteen assists. Sophomore Brittany Forgues leads the team in goals with 10. In net we'll likely see Beth Baronick who has been the hot hand of the Cornell trio as of late. She's 4-7-0 with a 3.01 GAA and a .899 save percentage.

In their previous matchup, Clarkson skated to a 3-0 victory over Cornell putting 31 shots on net, and holding Cornell to just seven shots.

Ron's Prediction: Clarkson 4 - Cornell 1

Clarkson winds down the weekend with an afternoon matinee against with unpredictable Colgate at Starr Rink. Despite rifling off a bunch of wins early in the season, Colgate ran into a rut where they were smacked around by Princeton, New Hampshire and Harvard before suddenly becoming competitive against top tier teams. In the past month they've played a tight game with Princeton, defeated St. Lawrence 3-0, and tied a strong Mercyhurst team not once, but twice last weekend. The Raiders currently stand at a deceiving 9-10-7, but have a 6-5-3 record in ECACHL play, good enough for sixth with six games to go. Colgate has three 20+ scorers right now, lead by freshman Sam Hunt who has thirteen goals and eleven assists in 26 games played. The majority of the time in net has gone to junior Brooke Wheeler who in 19 games has a 7-7-5 record, with a 2.47 GAA and a .915 save pct. We could see her backup and heir apparent freshman Elayna Hamashuk though, who in nine games has an impressive 1.65 GAA and a .942 save percentage. She stopped 43 shots in Saturday's 1-1 tie to Mercyhurst.

Three weeks ago at Cheel, the Golden Knights skated to a 3-1 victory over Colgate in what appeared to be a pretty evenly played game. Clarkson outshot Colgate 23-18 in that match up.

Ron's Prediction: Clarkson 2 - Colgate 1

With Ashley Shaidle on a scoring run right now (four goals in her last three games) and PattyKaz write-in candidate Kira Hurley playing the net as well as she's had all year, everything is in place for a potential four point weekend. This weekend is key to keep pace with the league leaders as it's a mess at the top of the division. With Brown idle this weekend, this is the opportunity to pick up that game in hand, while Harvard, Princeton and Dartmouth will be battling each other.


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