POTSDAM, NY — Genevieve Bannon scored twice and set up two other goals as the Clarkson University Golden Knights galloped to a 5-0 whitewash over McGill in women’s hockey exhibition play at Cheel Arena, Saturday.
It was believed to be the first-ever matchup between defending national hockey champions from both the NCAA and CIS. Clarkson posted a 31-5-5 record overall last year to capture the NCAA Frozen Four tournament with a 5-4 victory over Minnesota in Hamden, Conn. McGill went 34-10-0 en route to claiming the CIS Final Six tourney with a thrilling 4-3 conquest over the Montreal Carabins in double overtime at Fredericton, N.B.
“I don’t recall the two national champions ever meeting the following season,” said long-time McGill head coach Peter Smith, in his 15th season behind the bench. “I don’t know for a fact but I’m fairly certain that it hasn’t happened.”
The Knights, who currently feature a roster composed 17 Canadians, including a pair of Quebec natives, held a 31-19 advantage in shots, and killed all three McGill man-advantage opportunities.
“Our compete level wasn’t very good in the first minute of the game and last two minutes of the opening period and it proved very costly as they scored three times,” said Smith. “But we were terrific in the second period and I felt that had the balance of play in the third period. We are struggling to score right now and against a good team like that, we can’t afford to make the mistakes that we did.”
Both teams were in their first weekend of play after a month-long break for exams and holidays and Clarkson wasted no time shaking the rust off, with freshman Amanda Titus of Stittsville, Ont., scoring just 22 seconds into the contest.
Clarkson added two more in the period, with freshman Lauren Lefler of Windsor, Ont., scoring for the first time in a Clarkson uniform at 18:02 and then sophomore Genevieve Bannon of Candiac, Que., added a third goal with just six seconds left in the first period.
Bannon all but put the contest out of reach in the middle period with her second goal at 8:52, a shorthandedmarker that came as she left the penalty box with just two seconds left on the McGill power-play. Senior Daniella Matteucci of Fruitvale, B.C., finished the scoring when she scored from the top.
Sophomore McKenzie Johnson of Eden Prairie, Minn., started in goal and collected the win, making 11 saves before being replaced after 29:26. She shared the shutout with senior Jenna Boss of Little Canada, Minn., who played the final 31:34, and made eight saves.
McGill also deployed two netminders, with Taylor Hough , a junior from Toronto, getting the start and dropping to 5-6-0 overall. She was credited with 19 saves on 24 shots in 37:24 before being replaced by sophomore Brittany Smrke of Oakville, Ont., who went the rest of the way and turned aside all seven shots faced.
Clarkson, which improved to 13-6-1 overall, will return to ECAC Hockey action next weekend and will put a 6-2-1 record on the line when they travel to Colgate and Cornell for games on Friday and Saturday, respectively. McGill, which dropped to 12-10-0 overall, including a 7-2-0 regular season record and 2-6-0 mark against NCAA teams, resumes their RSEQ conference schedule in the nation’s capital, Jan. 9-10, with games against Ottawa (7 p.m.) and Carleton (2 p.m.), respectively.
GAME NOTES: McGill was missing their top two snipers, Olympian Melodie Daoust, a junior from Valleyfield, Que., and junior Gabrielle Davidson of Pte. Claire, Que., along with senior rearguard Adrienne Crampton of Ottawa, all of whom are injured… Clarkson was missing captain Shannon MacAuley of Mt. Herbert, P.E.I., and junior Renata Fast of Burlington, Ont., who are participating with Team Canada’s U22 Team at The Nations Cup in Fussen, Germany. The tournament, which also includes national teams from Germany, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland, is being held Jan. 3-6.
McGill 0 at Clarkson 5
(Saturday, January 3, 2015 – Cheel Arena @ Clarkson)
GOALS BY PERIOD:
McGill 0-0-0 — 0
Clarkson 3-2-0 — 5
1, Clarkson, Amanda Titus 1 (Bellerive, Howe), 0:22.
2, Clarkson, Lauren Lefler 1 (Bannon, Ambrose), 18:02.
3, Clarkson, Genevieve Bannon 1 (Lefler, Mercer), 19:54.
4, Clarkson, Genevieve Bannon 2 (Mercer), 8:52 (SH).
5, Clarkson, Daniella Matteucci 1 (Bannon), 17:24.
Penalties-Ambrose Clrk (holding), 6:53; Oles Mcg (roughing), 10:38; Ambrose Clrk (roughing), 10:38; Matteucci Clrk (slashing), 11:07.
Penalties-Howe Clrk (interference), 13:38; Oles Mcg (roughing), 13:47; Cagianos Mcg (tripping), 16:34.
Shots on Goal-
McGill 5-13-1 — 19.
Clarkson 20-5-6 — 31.
Power Play Opportunities-
McGill 0 / 3;
Clarkson 0 / 2.
McKenzie Johnson (start, W, 1-0-0, 11 shots-11 saves; 29:26);
Jenna Boss (ND, 8 shots-8 saves; 30:34).
Start: 4:00 PM
End: 6:00 PM
Referees-Will O’Malley, Adam Wood.
Linesmen-Scott Smith, Vincent Epping.
1. CLRK – 9 Genevieve Bannon
2. CLRK – 8 Lauren Lefler
3. CLRK – 17 Daniella Matteucci
Gary Mikel, Clarkson Sports Info Office (315) 268-6673
Earl Zukerman, McGill Sports Info Office (514) 398-7012