Pejzlova Nets Hat Trick in Clarksons Win Over Syracuse

Pejzlova Nets Hat Trick in Clarksons Win Over Syracuse

Highlighted by junior center Michaela Pejzlova's (Pardubice, Czech Republic) first career hat trick and a five-point night, the high-powered offense of the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team was in top form on Friday in the Golden Knights' 6-2 road victory over Syracuse University.

Ranked No. 2 in the national polls, Clarkson improves to 6-1 and will close out the season-opening, non-league portion of its schedule when it hosts Syracuse in a 3:00 p.m. game at Cheel Arena on Saturday.

Holding a 2-1 lead after the first period, the Knights broke the game open in the middle frame, outscoring the Orange (2-5) 3-0 in the stanza to extend its unbeaten streak over its New York State rival to 15 games (14-0-1). The teams traded one goal apiece in the final period.

Clarkson doubled up the shots on Syracuse 32-16. The Knights were 2-of-6 on the power play and killed off four of the Orange's five man-advantage opportunities.

A blast from the blueline by junior defenseman Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, ONT) 3:02 into the game opened the scoring. Pejzlova and senior left wing Loren Gabel (Kitchener, ONT) assisted.

Syracuse scored just over two minutes later to tie the game on Brooke Avery's goal at 5:34.

After that it was all Green and Gold.

Pejzlova started a four-goal run for the Knights with her first tally of the game, a power-play marker with 16 seconds remaining in the first. Gabel assisted

At 4:42 of the middle frame, Pejzlova connected again, skating out of the corner after taking a pass from Gabel and flipping in a shot from in front. Sophomore right wing Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) also assisted.

Gabel made it 4-1 at 13:00, converting an assist from linemates Giguere and Pejzlova.

Giguere gave Clarkson a two-goal cushion to end the second, finishing off a 2-on-1 rush with Gabel, knocking in her team-high seventh goal of the season, a power-play score with 55 seconds remaining in the period. Sophomore defenseman Avery Mitchell (Pickering, ONT) also assisted.

Syracuse scored its second goal of the game at 14:05 of the third with Emma Polaski's power-play tally.

Two minutes later Pejzlova completed her three-goal night with Gabel and Giguere setting up the play.

Pejzlova now has 99 career points on 42 goals and 57 assists in 85 games.

By figuring in on all six goals with one tally and five assists, Gabel set a new Clarkson record for assists in a game and tied the Knights' mark for points in a game.

Graduate transfer Kassidy Sauve (Whitby, ONT) made 14 saves in the victory.