Senior Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) scored a late power-play goal to lift the 15th/16th-ranked Clarkson University Hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Harvard in ECAC Hockey action at Bright Hockey Center in Cambridge, MA on Saturday night to complete a rare weekend conference sweep on the road.
The Golden Knights, who also won at Dartmouth on Friday, 3-2, have now equaled their win total from last year, owning a 9-2-1 overall record. The Green and Gold stand in a tie for second place in the league with a 3-1 in ECAC Hockey mark. Clarkson, which has gone 6-0-1 in one-goal games this season, returns home to Potsdam after a very successful four-game road trip. The Knights open a three-game NCAA home stand at Cheel Arena next weekend hosting central New York rivals Cornell and Colgate.
Skating on its eighth power play of the night, Clarkson broke a 1-1 tie when McPherson knocked in his team-high fifth goal of the season with just two-minutes remaining in regulation. Freshman defenseman James de Haas (Mississauga, ONT), who scored the game's first goal, and junior rearguard Sam Labrecque (Granby, QUE) set up the game-winner, which gave the Knights' their second consecutive victory over the Crimson on their home ice.
Clarkson has now scored a power-play goal in 10 of the first 12 games of the 2013-14 campaign.
The Knights took the lead midway through the first period on de Haas's goal, shortly after Clarkson had failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 advantage. The defenseman picked up his second goal of his rookie campaign, knocking in a rebound from the high slot off a shot by sophomore Jeff DiNallo's (Aurora, ONT) at 13:11. Freshman A.J. Fossen (Maple Grove, MN) also assisted.
Harvard evened the score early in the middle frame with its own power-play tally. Jimmy Vesey converted just 76 seconds into the stanza.
The Knights outshot the Crimson in every period and had two 5-on-3 power-play opportunities in the contest, but waited until the final minutes to pull out the victory, which gave them their first ECAC Hockey weekend road sweep in nearly three seasons.
Clarkson held a 33-23 shot advantage and finished 1-of-8 on the power play. Harvard went 1-of-7 with the man-advantage.
Making his second start of the weekend for the first time this season, Greg Lewis (Mars, PA) posted 22 saves to improve his record to 6-1 on the year. Harvard pulled its goaltender with 1:34 remaining, but Lewis and the Knights held off the Crimson to gain their third win of the four-game road trip