Back in the lineup for the Clarkson University Hockey team after missing the first seven games of the season with an injury, senior Adam Pawlick (Utica, NY) played a key role in the Golden Knights’ 3-3 draw on the road against Brown University, recording the tying goal and one assist on Saturday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium in Providence, RI.
Clarkson, which defeated Yale 1-0 in New Haven, CT on Friday, earned a three-point weekend in ECAC Hockey play on the road for the first time since December 3-4, 2010 when the Green and Gold defeated both Princeton and Quinnipiac by 5-3 scores. Unbeaten in its last five games (1-0-4), the Knights own a 1-4-4 overall record and a 1-0-1 ECAC Hockey mark. Clarkson hosts Quinnipiac and Princeton this coming weekend in its final league home games at Cheel Arena during the 2012 portion of the schedule.
The Knights put a season-high 48 shots on the Brown goal, including seven in overtime. The Bears (1-3-2, 0-2-2) won the specialty teams battle, however, killing off all five Clarkson power plays, including a five-minute major advantage, while going 1-of-7 on its power-play chances.
The Knights wasted little time in making the most of their offensive opportunities when junior captain Ben Sexton (Kanata, ONT) scored the game’s first goal just 2:41 into the first period. Sexton tallied his third goal of the season on a shot from the bottom of the right circle. Pawlick and freshman Christian Finch (Claremont, ONT) assisted.
Brown came back to tie with Michael Juola’s goal at 10:25. Clarkson answered with its second goal at 16:41 to hold a 2-1 lead after the opening 20 minutes. Junior Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) connected for his second goal of the season on a hard shot from the circle right after a faceoff win by sophomore Patrick Marsh (Oakville, ONT).
The Bears scored two quick goals early in the second period to take a 3-2 lead. Ryan Jacobson tallied at 1:56 followed by a power-play goal from Juola at 7:19 to give the home team the advantage.
The Knights battled right back, however, when Pawlick evened the score just 55 seconds later, knocking in a rebound off a shot by Sexton. Junior defenseman Alex Boak (Norwood, NY) also assisted.
Both teams had excellent opportunities to take the lead in the third period. Clarkson was awarded a five-minute power play early in the period, while Brown had a five-minute major power play late in the third that carried into overtime. The Green and Gold outshot the Bears by a combined 19-5 over the final 25 minutes and had two great chances off faceoffs in the final seconds of overtime.
Freshman Greg Lewis (Mars, PA) made 27 saves for Clarkson. Marco DeFilippo posted 45 stops for Brown.