POTSDAM, N.Y. – The Quinnipiac women's ice hockey team lost to Clarkson, 6-0, in the ECAC Hockey Semifinals from Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y. The Bobcats' record drops to 22-6-9 overall, good for the best single-season record in program history, while Clarkson advances to their first ECAC Hockey Championship Game and improve to 28-4-5 on the season.
In addition to the Bobcats' 22 wins, they advanced to the ECAC Hockey Semifinals for just the third time in program history and now will await an announcement from the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee on Sunday, March 9 whether they will make their first ever national tournament appearance via an at-large bid.
Carly Mercer struck first with a goal at 6:08 in the first period as Clarkson took advantage of a Bobcat turnover in their own defensive end. An errant pass to the slot was picked up by Olivia Howe and swung to Cayley Mercer. She then dropped a pass for her sister Carly who beat Laden with a wrist shot high and above the right shoulder.
Clarkson's Erin Ambrose broke loose in beginning of the second period as she ripped a wrist show low and to Laden's glove side that slipped past and gave the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead. Brittany Styner and Jamie Lee Rattray tallied assists on the goal at 3:36 in the second.
The Golden Knights continued their dominance with a power-play goal late in the second period at 19:24. Shannon MacAulay picked up a loose rebound in front of junior goalie Chelsea Laden (Lakeville, Minn.) and knocked it into the back of the net to give the team a 3-0 lead heading into the final period.
The Clarkson onslaught continued to pick up steam into the third period as the Golden Knights tallied three more goals to put the game out of reach. Shelby Nisbet, Christine Lambert and MacAulay each picked up goals in the winning effort. Freshman goalie Sydney Rossman (Excelsior, Minn.) entered after Clarkson's fifth goal for her first career playoff action and made three saves on four shots, allowing one goal.
Laden made 17 saves in net to close out one of the most impressive seasons for a goaltender in Quinnipiac history as she finishes with the 2nd-best GAA (1.41), save percentage (.931) and victories (19) in a single-season for any goaltender in the history of the program.
Seniors Kelly Babstock (Mississauga, Ontario) and Amanda Colin (Burnsville, Minn.) each tied the Quinnipiac career record for games played (147) in the loss while Babstock's 203 career points (95 goals, 108 assists) are a women's ice hockey record and the second-most in Quinnipiac hockey history (male or female).
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