In a matchup between two of the hottest teams in ECAC Hockey, Clarkson University fell behind early and could not recover as Rensselaer skated past the Golden Knights 6-2 before 2,444 fans at Cheel Arena on Saturday night.
The Golden Knights, who lost for only the second time in the past seven games, fall to 7-14-7 overall and to 6-7-3 in ECAC Hockey. On Friday, Clarkson knocked off 18th-ranked Union 2-1. With six games remaining in the regular season, the Green and Gold are in eighth place in the 12-team conference, but just two points shy of third. Clarkson takes to the road this coming weekend, playing at Princeton and Quinnipiac.
Rensselaer (12-11-5, 7-6-3), which has won four straight and six of its last seven, scored three times in a span of just over four minutes in the opening period to take control. Five different players scored goals for Rensselaer, which built a commanding 6-0 lead halfway through the game.
Bo Dolan started the scoring with a shot from the point that rang off the post and past Clarkson freshman netminder Greg Lewis (Mars, PA) at 12:32. At 14:54 Ryan Haggerty fired in a shot from the bottom of the right circle. Less than two minutes later, at 16:49, Matt Neal tipped a shot up and in from the top of the crease.
The Engineers opened the second period with back-to-back power-play goals. Jacob Laliberte scored on a quick wrist from the top of the left circle 42 seconds into the stanza. Just four seconds into their second man-advantage of the period Haggerty tallied for his team-high 13th goal of the season.
Nick Bailen capitalized on a turnover behind the Clarkson net to make in 6-0 at 9:08 of the middle frame.
Clarkson spoiled Rensselaer’s shutout bid with a pair of goals 62 seconds apart early in the third period. Junior Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) extended his goal-scoring streak to four games, finishing off assists from classmates Will Frederick (Allison Park, PA) and Ben Sexton (Kanta, ONT) at 8:06 for his eighth goal of the season. At 9:08 sophomore defenseman James H
Rensselaer outshot Clarkson 24-21. Freshman Jason Kasdorf posted 19 saves for the Engineers. Lewis made five saves on 10 shots before leaving after Rensselaer’s fifth goal. Senior Cody Rosen (Kingston, ONT) recorded 13 saves for the Knights over the final 38 minutes.
Rensselaer went 2-of-5 on the power play, while Clarkson was 0-of-3 with the man-advantage.
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