With a complete 60-minute effort the Clarkson University Hockey team was able to gain its first win ever against Colorado College with a hard fought 2-1 victory over the Tigers at Cheel Arena on Friday night.
The Golden Knights, of ECAC Hockey, extended their unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) to stand at 5-1-1 overall. Colorado College, of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference, dropped it second straight game to fall to 1-2 overall. The Knights and Tigers will complete their weekend, non-league series on Saturday with a 7:00 p.m. faceoff.
Senior Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) and sophomore Pat Megannety (Oakville, ONT) led the Clarkson offense with one goal and one assist apiece, helping the Knights snap a 14-game winless skid (0-11-3) to the Tigers. Sophomore Greg Lewis (Mars, PA) made 20 saves to backbone the Green and Gold's strong defensive effort.
The Knights came out with a solid first-period effort, out shooting the Tiger 11-6 and grabbed the lead midway through the stanza. On a 2-on-1 rush Megannety knocked in a rebound at the side of the net off a shot from McPherson at 13:07 for his first goal of the season. Junior Joe Zarbo (Grand Island, NY) also assisted.
Clarkson continued to pressure in the middle frame and once again outshot Colorado College 11-6. It was the Tigers who struck first in the period, however, to tie the game. Zach Aman took a pass from Jaccob Slavin at the blueline and wristed in a shot that deflected off a stick in front and bounced through traffic in front and just past Lewis at 12:20 for his first collegiate point.
The Knights regained the lead with a power-play marker at 16:07. Stationed at the far post, McPherson batted in a cross-crease pass from Megannety for his third goal of the season to give the Green and Gold a 2-1 lead with just five seconds remaining in the man-advantage. Freshman defenseman James de Haas (Mississauga, ONT) also assisted on the game-winner.
Audio McPherson Goal
Bidding to tie the game, Colorado College forced the play in the final 20 minutes and outshot the Knights 9-8 in the stanza, but Lewis was on top of his game to seal Clarkson's win in its first ever meeting against a NCHC opponent.
The Knights outshot the Tigers 30-21 and won the specialty team battles, going 1-of-4 on the power play while killing off both Colorado College man-advantage opportunities.