New Haven, CT - A late rally fell short and a six-game unbeaten stretch came to an end for the Clarkson University Hockey team on Saturday night as the Golden Knights fell to defending national champion Yale 6-3 at Ingalls Rink.
Clarkson, which had to settle for a split on the road in the opening weekend of ECAC Hockey play, defeated Brown 4-3 on Friday night in Providence, RI. The Green and Gold, who suffered only their second loss of the season, stand at 7-2-1 overall. The Knights close out a four-game conference road trip at Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend.
Sophomore defenseman Kevin Tansey (Hammond, ONT) led Clarkson with a career-high two goals. Tansey, who missed all of last season recovering from injuries, opened the scoring against Yale (2-1-1, 1-0-1). At 7:25 of the first period Tansey found a loose puck off a faceoff and sent a wrist shot in from the point that found its way through traffic for his first goal since February 25, 2012.
The Bulldogs, who outshot Clarkson 14-9 in the opening stanza, took control with two quick goals. Less than two minutes after Tansey's goal, Anthony Day scored off a rebound to tie it at 8:53. Frankie DiChiara followed with a power-play marker off another rebound at 10:22 to put Yale in the lead. In a penalty-filled second stanza, the Bulldogs added to their advantage with another power-play goal, this time by Day at 14:54. Yale, which skated on four man-advantage opportunities in the period, outshot Clarkson 17-8 in the stanza.
Jesse Root scored early in the final frame to give Yale a 4-1 lead at 3:43.
A pair of goals 65 seconds apart midway through the third brought Clarkson back into the game. Senior Ben Sexton (Kanata, ONT) one of the leading faceoff centers in the nation set up Tansey's second goal off a slap shot by winning a draw at 8:20. Senior Will Frederick (Allison Park, PA) also assisted. At 9:25, junior Joe Zarbo (Grand Island, NY) closed the gap to 4-3, finishing off a passing combination from line mates, senior Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) and sophomore Pat Megannety (Oakville, ONT).
The Bulldogs, however, capitalized on a fortunate bounce at 11:32 when Chris Izmirlian scored to put the home team up 5-3. Yale then sealed the win with an empty-net tally by Matthew Beattie with 1:14 remaining.
The Bulldogs outshot the Knights 38-28. Yale was 2-of-6 on the power play, while Clarkson went 1-of-3 with the man-advantage.
Freshman Steve Perry (Ligonier, PA), who was named ECAC Hockey October Rookie of the Month, suffered his first loss as a Knight, making 32 saves on 37 shots.