Clarkson and Colgate skate to 4-4 draw
Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 7:41 am

Reigning ECAC Hockey Player of the Week, sophomore Joe Zarbo (Grand Island, NY) continued his goal-scoring streak as the Clarkson University Hockey team skated to a bittersweet 4-4 tie against Colgate in ECAC Hockey action on Friday night at Cheel Arena.

The Golden Knights, who have played in eight overtime games this season, matched the school-record for ties in a season standing at 5-13-7 overall. Clarkson,Simon Bessette gets a shot on net against Colgate - photo by Jim MeagherSimon Bessette gets a shot on net against Colgate - photo by Jim Meagher which owns a 4-6-3 conference mark, hosts Cornell on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

The leading goal scorer in ECAC Hockey action, Joe Zarbo tallied a goal and an assist to give him five goals and two assists in the past three games. Zarbo now has 12 goals, including 10 in league play and three assists overall through 21 games.

Bidding for its second victory of the season at Cheel and first home win in over two months, Clarkson held a 3-2 lead early in the third period, but Colgate (13-9-3, 5-6-2) rallied with two late goals to gain a 4-3 advantage with less than three minutes to play.

The Knights, however, answered back with 66 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game. Sophomore defenseman James Howden (Edgeley, SASK) took a pass from Joe Zarbo in the left circle and lifted in a high shot for his second goal of the season to enable Clarkson to gain a point in conference play.

Colgate opened the high-scoring contest early in the first period. Boasting the seventh best power play in the nation, Colgate scored with just 18 seconds left in the first man-advantage opportunity of the game when Kyle Baun tapped in a pass at the side of the Clarkson net at 2:47.

Joe Zarbo tied the game early in the second. Zarbo took a pass from sophomore defenseman Sam Labrecque (Granby, QUE) at center ice and finished off a breakaway with a backhand shot from the top of the crease at 1:27 for his team-high 12th goal of the season.

Following the goal the Knights were buzzing and had a couple of opportunities to gain the lead Freshman T.J. Moor (Lake St. Louis, MO) was denied on a breakaway attempt and a shot in close by Joe Zarbo rang off the post. Clarkson’s hard work paid off late in the stanza when the Green and Gold converted on the power play.

The Knights’ offensive leader, junior Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) tallied on a shot from the top of the right circle at 15:53, putting Clarkson on top with his fifth goal of the season. Junior Jarrett Burton (Echo Bay, ONT) and senior defenseman Andrew Himelson (Monroe, NY) assisted.

The Knights’ lead did not last long, however, as the Raiders’ Joe Wilson scored on the power play with 16.5 seconds left in the period.

Tied 2-2 through 40 minutes of play, the Knights went on top early in the third period when Moor stuffed in a shot during a scramble in front for his first career goal at 2:18. Freshman linemates Simon Bessette (St. jean, QUE) and Pat Megannety (Oakville, ONT) assisted.

The Raiders rallied back with a pair of goals 3:09 apart to go on top. Mark Borkowski tallied at 13:59 and Mike McCann knocked in a rebound at 17:06 to put the visitors on top 4-3.

Clarkson held a 27-23 edge in shots. Freshman Greg Lewis (Mars, PA) finished with 19 saves for the Knights. Spencer Finney, the ECAC Goaltender of the Week, had 23 stops for Colgate.

The Knights went 1-of-4 on the power play, while the Raiders were 2-of-4