A string of one-goal victories came to an end for the Clarkson University Hockey team on Saturday night as Colgate rallied with a pair of late goals to hand the Golden Knights a 4-3 loss in ECAC Hockey action before 2,950 fans at Cheel Arena.
The 11th-ranked Knights, who saw a three-game winning streak come to a halt, own a 10-3-1 overall record and stand at 4-2 in ECAC Hockey. The Green and Gold are 7-1-1 in one-goal games this season. Clarkson is now off until an exhibition game against Queen's University on Sunday, December 1. NCAA play starts back up again for the Knights on December 6-7 with a home-and-home series against North Country rival St. Lawrence.
Clarkson, which defeated Cornell 3-2 on Friday, looked to be on its way to a weekend sweep of its Central NY rivals, holding a 3-2 lead over the Raiders (6-6-1, 4-2) and starting a five-minute power play with less than eight minutes to play.
The Knights, however, skated only 55 seconds with the man-advantage before taking a penalty. With both teams skating 4-on-4, Colgate netted a pair of goals 29 seconds apart to take the lead.
At 14:30, Kyle Baun tallied his fifth of the year, whacking in a shot in front after taking a pass from Spiro Goulakos. Darcy Murphy came right back for the Raiders with the game-winner. Holding the puck on a 2-on-1 break, Murphy fired in a shot from the right boards at 14:59 for his sixth goal of the season.
Clarkson, which loss for the first time this season when holding the lead through two periods, was on top 3-1 after the second. Colgate, however, put three on the scoreboard in the final frame, starting with Emilio Audi's second goal of the season at 2:42 of the third. Tim Harrison and Daniel Gentzler assisted on the goal which gave the Raiders momentum in their final period on the road over the weekend.
Coming off 5-3 road win at St. Lawrence on Friday, Colgate started out strong against the Knights and controlled the play for much of the opening stanza. The Raiders struck first on Brendan Corcoran's shot from the point that found its way through traffic in front at 11:21. Ryan Johnston and Harrison assisted.
Clarkson, which connected for the game-winner against Cornell with just 37.3 seconds remaining, even the score against the Raiders with a late first-period goal. Sophomore defenseman Paul Geiger (Stouffville, ONT) took a pass from classmate Jeff DiNallo (Aurora, ONT) at the top of the left circle and fired in his second goal of the season with just 21.3 seconds remaining in the first. Freshman Troy Josephs (Whitby, ONT) also assisted.
The Knights started the middle frame like they ended the first and quickly took the lead. At 2:24 DiNallo took a cross-crease pass from freshman A.J. Fossen (Maple Grove, MN) and tallied his third goal of the season from the doorstep. Senior Alex Boak (Norwood, NY) set up the play with a pass to Fossen from the point.
Clarkson built its lead to 3-1 midway through the stanza. Senior Jarrett Burton (Echo Bay, ONT) took a pass from sophomore defenseman James Howden (Edgeley, SASK) and scored his third of the season at 13:04, and first goal since October 18. Senior captain Ben Sexton (Kanata, ONT) also assisted.
Colgate outshot Clarkson 21-17, including by a 6-2 margin in the third period. Making his fourth consecutive start in goal, sophomore Greg Lewis (Mars, PA) made 17 stops for the Knights. Charlie Finn picked up the win for the Raiders with 14 saves.