Five different Golden Knights scored goals as the Clarkson University Hockey team enjoyed its most productive offensive outing since early last February by defeating Mercyhurst College 5-2 in the consolation game of the Ice Breaker Tournament at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis on Saturday evening.
Clarkson, which lost to 12th-ranked University of New Hampshire in tournament first round action on Friday, improves its record to 3-1 on the year. The Knights who have posted their victories against Atlantic Hockey foes will look to continue that streak this coming weekend when they host RIT in a two-game, out-of-conference series at Cheel Arena.
Senior captain Ben Sexton (Kanata, ONT) led the Clarkson offense with one goal and two assists, while four other Golden Knights also collected their first goals of the year in the balanced effort against Mercyhurst (0-2).
Clarkson wasted little time in opening the scoring as sophomore Jeff DiNallo (Aurora, ONT) took a feed from behind the goal line by freshman A.J. Fossen (Maple Grove, MN) and slipped in his third career goal at 4:43.
The Knights outscored the Lakers 3-1 in the middle frame to hold a 4-1 advantage through 40 minutes. Playing in his first collegiate game, freshman Perry D'Arrisso (Mississauga, ONT) finished off a give-and-go from senior Jarrett Burton (Echo bay, ONT) to make it 2-0 at 6:10. Sexton also assisted for his first point of the game.
Less than a minute later, however, Mercyhurst's Anthony Mastrodicasa put the Lakers on the scoreboard with their first goal of the season.
The Knights finished the period strong, though, with a pair of goals in the final two minute before the break. After killing off three straight penalties, Clarkson took a 3-1 lead at 18:05. Junior defenseman James Howden (Edgeley, SASK) took a pass from sophomore T.J. Moor (Lake St. Louis, MO) and fired in a shot from the point for his seventh career goal. Sexton started the scoring play with his second assist of the night.
With just nine second left in the stanza, Sexton knocked in a rebound from the left circle off a shot by Burton for a power-play score. Sophomore defenseman Paul Geiger (Stouffville, ONT) also assisted.
The Lakers tallied their own power-play goal at 9:34 to make it a two-goal game, but Clarkson held off Mercyhurst down the stretch and sealed the win with an empty-net goal by sophomore Simon Bessette (St. Jean, QUE) at 19:11.
Clarkson out shot Mercyhurst 29-25. Freshman Steve Perry (Ligonier, PA) made 23 saves to improve his record to 2-0. The Knights went 1-of-4 on the power play, while the Lakers were 1-of-6 with the man-advantage.