With his team-high 11th goal of the season, senior Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) came through with the game-winning goal as the Clarkson University Hockey team skated away with a weekend split on the road after defeating Princeton 4-3 at Hobey Baker Rink in New Jersey.
The Golden Knights, who lost at third-ranked Quinnipiac 6-3 on Friday, entered the weekend ranked 14th in the national polls, and now stand at 17-10-2 overall and in fifth place in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 10-5 league mark.
Four different Knights scored goals in the road win, capped off by McPherson's fifth game-winner of the season at 5:10 of the third period. Freshman Steve Perry (Ligonier, PA) picked up his eighth victory of the year in the Clarkson goal with a 34-save effort, including 16 stops in the third period.
Playing in its NCAA-high 21st one-goal of the 2013-14 campaign, the Green and Gold held leads of 2-0 and 4-2, and held off a stubborn Princeton squad (4-19, 3-13) to earn its 13th one-goal victory of the year.
Behind a strong first-period effort on the road, Clarkson took the lead right from the start, connecting on an early power-play opportunity. Sophomore Jeff DiNallo (Aurora, ONT) tallied his ninth goal of the season just 2:27 in knocking in a rebound off a shot by Ben Sexton (Kanata, ONT). McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) also assisted. The Knights outshot the Tigers 12-6 through the opening 20 minutes. Clarkson suffered a blow when Sexton, the Knights' captain left the game with 5:40 remaining in the period after taking a hard hit into the boards.
Clarkson added another goal right at the start of the second period when senior Jarrett Burton (Echo Bay, ONY) scored off a strong rush seven seconds after faceoff for his eighth goal of the season with classmate Will Frederick (Allison Park, PA) and freshman A.J. Fossen (Maple Grove, MN) assisting.
The Tigers got back into it with a pair of goals by Andrew Ammon, even strength at 7:21 and a power-play marker at 13:54, to tie it.
Less than two minutes later the Knights regained their two-goal lead when junior defenseman James Howden (Edgeley, SASK) completed a strong shift by Clarkson in the Princeton end with his third goal of the season at 15:21. Senior Mike Garlasco (Mahwah, NJ), playing in his second game of the year, and sophomore Christian Powers (Carlisle, ONT) picked up the assists.
Princeton appeared to have tied the game with 11 seconds remaining in the middle frame when they converted on a 2-on-1 rush, but the goal was disallowed because of goaltender interference.
McPherson built the Knights' lead to 4-2 early in the final frame when he scored unassisted on a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle.
Princeton refused to quit on its home ice, and pulled to within one on a shorthanded tally by Hayden Anderson at 13:07.
Clarkson, behind several key stops from Perry, was able to hold off the Tigers to gain its seventh road win of the season.
Princeton outshot the Green and Gold 37-32. The Knights went 1-of-5 on the power play and killed off three-of-four Tiger man-advantage opportunities,
Clarkson returns to Cheel Arena next weekend hosting Harvard and Dartmouth.