PROVIDENCE, RI -- Playing on the road to start the ECAC Hockey playoffs, against a hot goaltender and without its leading scorer, the Clarkson University Hockey team lost in Game 1 of its first-round series against Brown, falling 3-0 on Friday night.
The Golden Knights, who suffered their third straight shutout loss, own a 9-19-7 overall record. Clarkson and Brown (12-12-6) will face off at Meehan Auditorium again on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. If the Knights win they will force a series-deciding third game on Sunday.
If the Bears win on Saturday, they will move on to the quarterfinal round.
Clarkson started strong its first playoff game on the road in three years and generated several Grade "A" scoring chances in the opening period, outshooting the Bears 12-10 through the opening 20 minutes. It was Brown, however, that skated into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.
After killing off Clarkson's first power play of the game at 9:45, the Bears took the lead with a goal on the man-advantage. At 15:45, Mark Nacierio finished off a pass from Matt Lorito in front for the game's first goal. Nick Lappin also assisted.
After a scoreless second period, Brown sealed the win with two goals in the third. At 6:25, Lorito connected off assists from Nacierio and Lappin. With 15 seconds remaining and the Knights on the power play, and freshman goaltender Greg Lewis (Mars, PA) on the bench for the extra attacker, the Bears' de Concilys scored into an empty net for the final to cap off the home team's win.
Clarkson, which was without the services of junior forward Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT), who is out for the series with an injury, outshot Brown 31-28. Lewis finished with 25 saves. Anthony Borelli posted the shutout for Brown. Clarkson was 0-of-4 on the power play, while the Bears went 1-of-3 with the man-advantage.
The Knights have now gone 201:29 seconds without scoring a goal.