With another balanced effort in wild affair before a sold out crowd at Appleton Arena in Canton, NY on Saturday night, the Clarkson University Hockey team defeated archrival St. Lawrence 4-3 in ECAC Hockey action.
Junior Joe Zarbo 's (Grand Island, NY) capped off another one-goal victory for the Golden Knights with the game-winner early in the third period to break a 3-3 tie. Ranked 10th in the country, Clarkson improves its record to 12-3-1 overall and holds third place in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 6-2 league mark. Clarkson is now off until the University of Vermont Tournament on December 28-29.
Despite surrendering a goal in the opening moments of the contest and giving the nation's top-ranked power play two, five-minute major man-advantages, Clarkson, with four different goal scorers, skated away with its ninth one-goal victory of the season and a weekend sweep of its archrival. Five different Knights scored in Friday's 5-4 victory at Cheel Arena. The Green and Gold extended their league unbeaten streak over their archrival to eight games (7-0-1). Clarkson's seniors have gone 9-1-1 against the Saints over the past four years and have never lost a game at Appleton Arena. The Knights lead the all-time series against St. Lawrence 120-65-10.
Saturday's win, like Friday's victory did not come easy for Clarkson.
St. Lawrence scored moments after the opening period and traded power-play goals with the Golden Knights to grab a 3-2 first-period lead. Greg Carey scored just 33 seconds in picking up a loose puck during a scramble in front and rolling in a shot through traffic to give the Saints the early momentum. St. Lawrence struck again at 1:59 with a power-play goal from Matt Carey.
Clarkson rallied back on the strength of its man-advantage units to tie the game 2-2 midway through the first.
With seven seconds left in its first power-play opportunity of the game, junior defenseman Sam Labrecque (Granby, QUE) gathered in a rebound off a shot by senior Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) at the left circle and fired in his third goal of the season at 5:34. Senior captain Ben Sexton (Kanata, ONT) came through a power-play marker in similar style, connecting on a shot from along the left boards at 10:30. Joe Zarbo picked up the assist with the initial shot on goal.
St. Lawrence went on a five-minute major power play at 12:04, and finally connected on the lengthy man-advantage with just 10 seconds left in the penalty. Matt Carey tallied his second power-play goal of the night at 16:54 to give the home team the lead heading into the first intermission.
Clarkson wasted little time in the middle frame to tie the score at three apiece. Sophomore Jeff DiNallo (Aurora, ONT) scored a goal in his third straight game after following up a rebound on a breakaway shot by McPherson at 3:04. Labrecque started the play with a pass to McPherson at the blueline.
Joe Zarbo gave Clarkson its first lead of the game, firing in a shot from the top of the slot at 2:33 of the final frame. Sophomore defenseman Kevin Tansey (Hammond, ONT) picked up the assist.
St. Lawrence went on its second five-minute power play of the night at 12:14 of the third, but Clarkson's penalty kill did an excellent job in shutting down the Saints, not allowing a shot on goal during the lenghty man-advantage opportunity.
Freshman Steve Perry (Ligonier, PA), who came on in relief to start the second period, turned aside all 14 shots he faced, including 10 in the middle frame, to record the win. Sophomore Greg Lewis (Mars, PA) started in the Clarkson goal and made eight first-period stops.
Both teams had 25 shots on goal.
St. Lawrence was 2-of-8 on the power play, while the Knights went 2-of-5 with the man-advantage.