Syracuse and Clarkson needed an overtime to determine a winner at the Tennity Ice Pavilion on Thursday night. The Knights’ Caitrin Lonergan scored the game-winner with 1:45 remaining in the extra period. It was the second consecutive overtime game for the Orange. Syracuse (0-2-1) and Clarkson (3-0) will play the second game of the home-and-home series on Saturday, October 9th at 3 pm in Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.
“We played really well in the second and third periods and the overtime after we came out a bit tentative in the first period,” said head coach Paul Flanagan. “Our kids battled hard, competed and went after them. I am proud of the kids the way they responded. Clarkson is a really good team, so that has to give us confidence. The biggest thing for us to recognize is the difference between how we played the first 20 minutes and how we played the remainder of the game. Our kids responded really well.”
Syracuse goaltender Arielle DeSmet recorded 34 saves in the game, surpassing her prior Orange personal best of 32 against St. Lawrence.
The scoring went back and forth in regulation. In the first period, Clarkson, a team receiving votes in the national rankings, jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Laurence Frenette at the 12:31 mark. Lonergan recorded the assist.
Syracuse tied the game, 1-1, when senior Lauren Bellefontaine teamed with freshman Sarah Marchand on a give-and-go. Bellefontaine tipped a Clarkson pass in the Orange defensive zone to Marchand at mid-ice and then skated toward the Clarkson goal on the right side to receive Marchand’s pass and beat the Knights goalie with a fake and a shot into the right side of the net with 9:40 remaining in the second period.
Later in the second, Clarkson regained the lead when Brooke McQuiggie scored with 2:32 left to give the Knights a 2-1 lead.
Syracuse answered in the third period. Sophomore Tatum White received a pass from junior Mae Batherson in the left corner, skated past a Clarkson defender and took a backhanded shot that deflected off of a Clarkson stick into the top left corner of the net to tie the game 2-2 with 9:32 remaining in regulation.
After the game at Clarkson on Saturday, Syracuse will return to Tennity Ice Pavilion on Tuesday, October 12 to host Union at 6 pm. Admission to Orange ice hockey home games is free. All fans attending games must adhere to Syracuse University’s COVID-19 policy, which can be found here. The game will be streamed on Cuse.com.