Women's hockey: Clarkson's Gabel and Shelton sweep monthly national honors
WAKEFIELD, Mass. - Emerging as the next great Clarkson sophomore forward Loren Gabel led the Golden Knights to a 5-0-0 record last month, while helping the Green and Gold earn their third ECAC Hockey regular season title with a 19-1-2 league mark, winning the program’s rst ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship and second national championship was named the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Division 1 Player of the Month for March.
The 5’4” Gabel nished the month leading the nation in points (9) goals (6), hat tricks (1) and plus/minus (+9). Her offen- sive prowess helped the Golden Knights nish the season with the longest winning streak in the country with 11 straight victories and the second longest unbeaten stretch at 16 games (15-0-1).
Gabel’s 22 goals this season set a new Clarkson standard for scores by a sophomore, breaking the old mark of 19 set by Jamie Lee Rattray ’14 in 2011-12. She be-came the rst Clarkson player ever to record a hat trick in postseason play when she netted all three Clarkson goals in the 3-1 victory over Cornell in the NCAA quarter nal game.
She was one of three Knights who have reached 40 points this season, nishing the 2016-17 season with 22 goals and 20 assists. Gabel has 69 career points (40-29) in 81 games. Gabel helped Clarkson set the record for most wins in a season for the 14-year-old program with a 32-4-5 overall record, rmly establishing Clarkson as one of the premier programs in Division I.
ECAC Hockey made a clean sweep of the awards as Clarkson’s Ella Shelton was tabbed as the National Rookie of the Month for March. The 5’8” defenseman led all Division I rookies in scoring during the month with ve points on one goal and four assists in ve games, helping the Golden Knights to
a 5-0-0 record, while claiming their second national title in the last three years.
She began the month in grand fashion recording the game-winning goal in the second period versus Princeton in the league’s rst semi nal game vaulting the Clarkson to the title contest. Shelton continued to shine and make a presence on special teams adding two power-play helpers during the ve-game stretch. She ended up leading the nation among all defense- men in power-play assists with 13 and tying for the lead in power-play points with 15 during the 2016-17 campaign.
The third-team All-League and All-Rookie performer was named to the ECAC Hockey All-Tournament team as she the NCAA scoring lead among freshman defensemen with 25 points on six goals and 19 assists, while registering a 89 shots, tops among her counterparts. She posted a +29 plus/minus rating and was recently named the league’s Rookie of the Month for the second time (December & March).