POTSDAM — Clarkson University junior Loren Gabel scored the fastest hat trick in school history and set three additional records to lead the top-seeded Golden Knights to a 10-1 rout of No. 8 Yale to open the ECAC women’s hockey quarterfinals Friday afternoon at Cheel Arena.
The nationally-ranked No. 2 Golden Knights (30-4-1 overall) secured their third straight 30-win season and fourth in the last five years. They will host the Bulldogs (10-16-4) again at 3 p.m. today looking to sweep the three-game series.
Gabel, who finished with three goals and three assists overall, secured her hat trick four minutes and 12 seconds into the game and in a span of 2:21, both of which are the fastest in Clarkson history.
Cassidy Vinkle owned the previous marks with a hat trick in the first 7:05 against Brown last year, with her three goals coming in a stretch of 5:07. It was Gabel’s fourth career hat trick, surpassing the previous record of three by Genevieve Lavoie.
Gabel’s first score of the game was her 30th of the season, passing Jamie Lee Rattray’s previous record of 29 in 2013-14, and Gabel’s final assist of the day increased her season point total to 67, one more than Rattray’s mark in 2013-14.
Michaela Pejzlova and Ella Shelton scored two goals apiece, and Elizabeth Giguere added a goal and two assists for Clarkson.
ST. LAWRENCE 3, QUINNIPIAC 1
Justine Reyes and Kayla Nielsen each tallied a goal and an assist to help the fourth-seeded Saints beat the No. 5 Bobcats in the first of a three-game set in the ECAC quarterfinals at Appleton Arena in Canton.
Skylar Podvey scored and Rachael Smith supplied two assists for St. Lawrence (19-10-4), which will host the second game against Quinnipiac (16-16-3) at 2 p.m. today.
ST. LAWRENCE 9, DARTMOUTH 0
The fourth-ranked Saints swept the Big Green to open play at the College Squash Association’s Team National Championships in the Potter Cup (A Division) in Hartford, Conn.
St. Lawrence (14-3) advanced to the semifinals to play the winner of No. 1 Trinity and No. 2 Princeton at 2:30 p.m. today in the same location.
ARMSTRONG LEADS SAINTS
St. Lawrence sophomore Carter Armstrong posted his second-best career finish with a 10-place showing in the men’s slalom on day one of the Middlebury College Carnival in Middlebury, Vermont.
Armstrong earned 26 NCAA points to increase his season total to 55 while leading the Saints to an eighth-place showing.
Riley Whitney finished 28th in the women’s slalom to lead St. Lawrence to ninth-place finish.
HOCHSCHARTNER PACES SLU
Lucy Hochschartner placed 28th in the women’s 5K to lead St. Lawrence to a ninth-place finish at the Middlebury College Carnival in Middlebury, Vermont.
Nathaniel Perkins finished 50th in the 5K to pace the Saints’ men’s team to an 11th-place showing.