Erin Ambrose Scores First Career NCAA Goal in Win over St. Lawrence

Mark StaffieriContributor IIOctober 9, 2012

Erin Ambrose donning Clarkson's green and gold (Photo by Jim Meagher, Courtesy of Clarkson Athletics)
Erin Ambrose donning Clarkson's green and gold (Photo by Jim Meagher, Courtesy of Clarkson Athletics)

The October 6, 2012 contest between the Clarkson Golden Knights and St. Lawrence Skating Saints marked the beginning of a career day for Erin Ambrose. She would score the first NCAA goal of her career six seconds into the opening power play of the contest. Jamie Lee Rattray (also her teammate on the Canadian Under-22 national team) logged the assist.

Ambrose’s marker would come 1:29 seconds after Shelby Nisbet scored the opening goal of the game for the Golden Knights. In the final stanza, Kelly Sabatine of St. Lawrence buried the buck past Erica Howe at the 3:17 mark. It ended Howe’s streak of over 100 minutes of shutout hockey without allowing a goal.

Trying to earn a split in the weekend series versus Clarkson, the Skating Saints pressed on. Kayla Raniwsky, a sophomore transfer from the defunct Niagara Golden Eagles program in the College Hockey America conference logged the game tying goal. With 5:17 left in the contest, the Saints were hoping to at least earn a tie.

At the 16:36 mark, Ambrose would come through again as she assisted (along with Ellie Williams) on the goal by Danielle Skirrow. The goal would stand as the game winner. Skirrow, in her senior season is coming off a career high 29 points in her junior campaign, which included five game winning goals.  

Despite the Skating Saints pulling their talented goaltender Carmen MacDonald (who played with Ambrose on the gold medal winning 2010 IIHF Under-18 Canadian squad) in the final minutes for a unique five on three scoring opportunity, Erica Howe showed great poise. The former Ottawa Senators PWHL netminder earned her 34th career victory as Clarkson celebrated the sweep.