Making a late season push for one of the top spots in the ECAC Hockey standings, the Clarkson University Hockey team came through with a solid effort against 19th-ranked Dartmouth College at Cheel Arena on Friday night, shutting out the Big Green 4-0.
Freshman Greg Lewis (Mars, PA) backstopped the Golden Knights in goal with 28 saves to post his second shutout of the season. Junior Jarrett Burton (Echo Bay, ONT) scored two goals and classmates Mike Garlasco (Mahwah, NJ) and Alex Boak (Norwood, NY) tallied one goal and one assist apiece to highlight the offensive play.
Clarkson, which has gone 4-2-1 in February, improves its record to 9-15-7 overall and moves up to a three-way tie for fifth place in the league standings with an 8-8-3 ECAC Hockey mark. The Knights, who are tied with Yale and Dartmouth, are one point out of fourth place. Clarkson plays its final regular season home game on Saturday when it hosts Harvard at 7:00 p.m.
The Knights had limited opportunities in the opening 20 minutes as Dartmouth (12-10-4, 8-8-3) controlled play for the majority of the first period, outshooting the Green and Gold 10-3, but it was Clarkson that made one of its shots count.
Just 2:11 into the contest, Garlasco positioned in front, tipped in a shot from the point by Boak for his first goal of the season. Junior captain Ben Sexton (Kanata, ONT) also assisted on the goal, which came on the Knights’ first shot of the game.
Clarkson took control in the middle frame, holding a 9-8 shot advantage while adding two more goals.
At 5:43, during a scramble in front, Burton knocked in a rebound off a shot by classmate Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT). Sexton also assisted for his second helper of the night.
The Knights made it 3-0 at 10:10 when Boak’s shot from the point found its way through traffic for his second goal of the season. Garlasco and senior Adam Pawlick (Utica, NY) set up the goal with strong play behind the Big Green goal.
Clarkson close out its fourth home victory when Burton blocked a shot during a Dartmouth power play, gathered in the puck and flipped a shot from just inside his own blueline into an empty net for his 10th goal of the season, a shorthanded marker with 1:16 remaining.
The Knights were 0-of-2 on the power play and killed off all five of the Big Green man-advantage opportunities.
Lewis posted 10 first-period saves, eight more in the middle frame and closed out Clarkson’s second straight shutout over Dartmouth at Cheel with 10 saves over the final 20 minutes.
Cab Morris started in the Dartmouth goal and made five saves on seven shots. James Kruger came in after the Knights’ second goal and recorded 12 saves over the final 34 minutes.