Defending national champion and No. 3 Clarkson University swept the University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team Saturday afternoon in Potsdam, NY 4-2, the tenth game the Bulldogs have faced against top-10 opponents so far this season.
Michaela Pejzlova scored two goals in the first period just over three minutes apart to give the Golden Knights an early 2-0 lead at 13:17, but the Bulldogs responded 1:58 later on a goal by freshman Anneke Linser, who was assisted by her former Centennial High School linemate Gabbie Hughes and Jalyn Elmes.
Clarkson held that 2-1 lead until T.T. Cianfarano scored back-to-back goals for the Golden Knights in the second period -- a shorthanded tally at 7:47, followed by a power play score at 11:33 to push their lead to 4-2.
Hughes pulled the Bulldogs within two just 1:37 into the third period, netting her second goal of the series and UMD's first power play goal of the weekend. Both Elmes -- who had two assists in the skate -- and Ashton Bell had helpers on the goal.
Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they would get no closer to the Golden Knights, who have won three NCAA titles over the past four years. Maddie Rooney had 38 saves for UMD, who falls to 5-8-1 overall. The Bulldogs went 1-of-6 on their power play and put 24 shots on Clarkson goaltender Kassidy Sauve. The Golden Knights, who improve to 12-2 on the season, were 1-of-4 with an extra skater.
UMD will have a weekend off from competition next week, and will return to action at AMSOIL Arena on Dec. 7-8 when the Bulldogs will host Minnesota State University, Mankato.