With a hard-working, smart effort, a pair of timely goals and a strong outing in the crease by junior Paul Karpowich (Thunder Bay, ONT), the Clarkson University Hockey team swept the regular-season series from archrival St. Lawrence with a 2-1 victory at Appleton Arena in Canton, NY on Tuesday night.
The Golden Knights, who swept the ECAC Hockey season-series from the Saints for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign and won three over their North Country foe for the first time in 10 years, improve their record to .500 overall at 14-14-2. Clarkson moves into seventh place in the ECAC Hockey standings with an 8-9-1 league mark. The Knights close out the home portion of the regular season this weekend when they host Capital District foes Union and Rensselaer in a pair of 7:00 p.m. games at Cheel Arena.
Tied 1-1 after 40 minutes, junior Louke Oakley (Whitby, ONT) came through with the game-winner, connecting on a quick rising shot from the right circle that rang under the crossbar at 5:12 for his third goal of the season. Linemates, sophomore Adam Pawlick (Utica, NY) and freshman Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) set up the winner.
Karpowich put in an outstanding effort in the Clarkson goal with a 37-save performance as the St. Lawrence (9-15-5, 5-11-1) outshot the Green and Gold 38-25.
Clarkson grabbed the opening lead at 3:56 of the first period when senior Scott Freeman (Whitby, ONT) gathered in a rebound at the left side of the St. Lawrence crease and lifted in his ninth goal of the season into a wide open net. Freshman defenseman David Pratt (Napanee, ONT) began the play with a shot from the points. Julien Cayer (Longueuil, QUE) also assisted.
The Knights had excellent opportunities to extend their leads in the period with three power-play chances, but could not convert with the extra man.
Late in the second period, St. Lawrence finally capitalized on a power-play opportunity to tie the game at 1-1. Just nine seconds into their third power play of the middle frame, the Saints’ Nick Pitsikoulis connected for his ninth goal of the season, finishing off assists from Jacob Drewiske and George Hughes at 17:10.
The Saints finished 1-of-5 on the power play, while Clarkson was scoreless in its five man-advantage chances.