Clarkson men's hockey settles for 4-4 tie with Colgate
Behind a pair of goals from sophomore Sheldon Rempal (Calgary, ALB) and senior defenseman Kelly Summers (Golden Lake, ONT) Clarkson University built a 4-2 lead early in the third period, but it would not be enough as Colgate tallied the final two goals to gain a 4-4 tie at Cheel Arena on Saturday night.
The Golden Knights, who skated to a 0-0 draw with #3-ranked Cornell on Friday, have just one win in their last eight games (1-3-4) and have failed to hold a two-period lead in three of those contests. Clarkson was 19-0-0 when holding a lead after 40 minutes prior to January 19.With four games remaining in the regular season, Clarkson, ranked 7th in the country entering the weekend, stands at 19-6-5 overall and is tied for second place in the ECAC Hockey standings with an 11-3-4 league mark. The Green and Gold share second place with Union, but swept the season series against the Dutchmen to hold the tiebreaker. Clarkson is four points out of first. The Knights travel to New England this coming weekend, playing at Dartmouth and Harvard.
The Knights enjoyed a season-high in shots on net with 42 against Colgate (12-13-5, 8-8-2), but allowed the Raiders to score four times on their 21 shots.
Summers opened the scoring at 8:49 of the first, firing in a wrist shot from the top of the left circle. Freshman center Josh Dickinson (Georgetown, ONT) started the play by winning a faceoff back to Summers at the point.
Colgate tied the score at 6:38 of the middle frame on a goal by Tyler Jeanson from in front.
Rempal then found his groove with a pair of goals just over six minutes apart to give the Knights a two-goal lead at 3-1 through 40 minutes.
At 9:54, Rempal connected for his first of the night, flipping in a wrist shot from the slot after a lead pass from freshman Kevin Charyszyn (Jamison, PA). Junior defenseman Aaron Thow (Toronto, ONT) also assisted.
Rempal tallied his 20th goal of the season at 16:11 on a shot from just inside the blueline that found its way through a screen set up in front by senior Dylan Gareau (Richmond, ONT). Senior captain Nic Pierog (Georgetown, ONT) and sophomore defenseman Greg Moro (Edmonton, ALB) assisted.
The Raiders opened the final stanza with their second goal as Colgate's leading scorer Bobby McMann found a loose puck at the right circle and knocked in a power-play marker at 5:22.
Summers came back just over two minutes later with a Clarkson power-play tally, finishing off a tic-tac-toe play from sophomore Nico Sturm (Augsburg, Germany) and Rempal at 7:53 for his second career two-goal outing, giving Clarkson a 4-2 lead.
Colgate rallied back with goals by Josh McKechney at 10:38 and McCann's second of the game and 13th of the season at 15:12 to come away with a hard-earned point on the road.
Sophomore goaltender Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) posted 17 saves, while the Raiders' Bruce Racine made 38 stops, including five in overtime.
Power plays were at a premium as the Knights connected for their only man-advantage opportunity of the game, while Colgate was 1-of-2 on it chances.