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Clarkson Upsets Yale

NEW HAVEN, CT – The Clarkson Golden Knights upset the host Yale Bulldogs 4-3 in double overtime to advance in the ECAC semi-finals Friday night at Ingalls Rink. Stephanie Markowski was the critical scorer for Clarkson as she not only tied the game late to force overtime she also had the game winner.

In the first, Clarkson struck first as Brooke McQuigge sent a shot in with success at 2:19. The assist went to Gabrielle David on the opening tally. Yale would respond in spectacular fashion at 13:11 when Elle Hartje shot the puck from the side of the Clarkson net but it smacked into the goaltender’s raised stick and landed behind her in the net for a 1-1 tie. Anna Bargman and Jordan Ray picked up helpers on that goal as well.

In the second, Yale took the lead as Charlotte Welch defeated the goalie at 2:42 assisted by Claire Dalton and Emma Seitz. The celebration would be short lived as Anne Cherkowski smacked a puck past Yale’s netminder at 2:54 to tie the game up. Minutes later chaos ensued in front of the Clarkson net. In the mess of bodies, the puck flew out towards the edge of the zone and Yale’s Emma DeCorby smashed it home through the wildness for a 3-2 lead. There would be no scoring the rest of the second and long into the third, but with victory almost at hand, Markowski whapped a power play goal to even the score for Clarkson at 16:19.

The first overtime would settle nothing as each side had their chances, though Yale seemed to be getting more zone time, but nonetheless no one scored and after the next intermission the two teams resumed, but only thirty seconds into the second overtime, Markowski shot the puck from far and it dribbled through the Yale netminder’s pads and into the back of the net for the victory.

On the day, Michelle Pasiechnyk of Clarkson made 22 saves on 25 Yale shots. Pia Dukaric of Yale made 27 saves on 31 Yale shots.

Clarkson will take on the winner of Quinnipiac v. Colgate.

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