Junior Paul Karpowich (Thunder Bay, ONT) posted 28 saves and senior defenseman Tom Pizzo (Rochester, NY) recorded his first career multiple-point game to lead the Clarkson University Hockey team to a 4-1 victory over Brown in ECAC Hockey action before 2,236 fans at Cheel Arena on Friday night. With the victory, the Golden Knights snap a four-game losing skid, improving their record to 13-13-2 overall. Clarkson stands in eight-place in the conference with a 7-8-1 league mark and is four points ahead of ninth-place Brown (7-12-4, 5-10-1), and holds the tie-breaker over the Bears after gaining the regular-season series sweep. Clarkson hosts #2-ranked Yale on Saturday.
Pizzo’s one-goal, one-assist effort highlighted a strong effort from the Clarkson blueline, which was without two key players in junior captain Mark Borowiecki (Kanata, ONT) and sophomore Nik Pokulok (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QUE), who are out with injuries. The Knights’ defense limited the Bear’s to 20 even-strength shots and helped to kill off all eight Brown power plays. Both teams had 29 shots on goal. Clarkson was 0-of-2 with the man-advantage.
After a scoreless first period, Clarkson took a 2-0 lead in the second stanza. Pizzo opened the scoring with his first goal of the season. Pizzo connected on a shot from the top of the left circle at 10:57 after taking a pass back to the point from junior Corey Tamblyn (Bobcaygeon, ONT). Junior Jake Morley (Ogdensburg, NY) started the play by winning the faceoff in the Brown zone.
At 16:57, the Knights scored again when a backhanded shot from the left circle by junior Nick Tremblay (Candiac, QUE) deflected off the helmet of freshman Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) and past the Bear’s goaltender. McPherson was credited with his eighth goal of the season.
Brown got on the scoreboard at 6:36 of the final frame when hard work down low by the Bears caused a Clarkson turnover behind the net, which Bobby Farnham capitalized on by scoring an unassisted goal for his sixth tally of the year.
The Knights, however, regrouped and sealed their first home victory since November 20, adding two more goals. Freshman Will Frederick (Allison Park, PA) knocked in a backhand shot on the goal line at 14:56 for his second goal of the season, giving the Green and Gold a 3-1 lead. Pizzo and McPherson assisted.
Senior Scott Freeman (Whitby, ONT) sealed the win with an empty-net tally at 18:05. Clarkson is 9-0-1 this season when Freeman records a point.
Brown, which lost its fifth straight game, plays at St. Lawrence on Saturday.