Twice the Clarkson University Hockey team overcame one-goal deficits to force overtime, but it was Princeton which tallied the final goal to complete a weekend sweep in the North Country, defeating the Golden Knights 4-3 in overtime on Saturday evening before 2013 fans in ECAC Hockey action at Cheel Arena.
The 19th-ranked Tigers (14-6-1, 9-4-1), who defeated St. Lawrence 5-3 in Canton on Friday, earned their third straight win when Kevin Lohry tallied nine seconds into the extra session. Brodie Zuk won the faceoff to Lohry on the right side where the senior skated down the wing and across the slot and fired in his ninth goal of the season.
Clarkson, which dropped a one-goal game to Quinnipiac 3-2 on Friday, falls to 12-11-2 overall and to 6-6-1 in ECAC Hockey.
Clarkson took the initial lead at 10:13 of the first when junior Nick Tremblay (Candiac, QUE) extended his point-scoring streak to seven games. Tremblay took a pass in front after linemates, junior Corey Tamblyn (Bobcaygeon, ONT) and freshman Will Frederick (Allison Park, PA) freed the puck with hard work behind the net and wristed in the first goal of the game.
Just 34 seconds later, however, Princeton tied the contest when Matt Godlewski picked up a loose puck in the slot and fired in his first goal of the season. The Tigers skated away with a 2-1 lead after the first after Andrew Ammon knocked in a rebound during a scramble in front for a power-play tally at 18:34.
Clarkson went on the power play to start the middle frame after Princeton was called for a protocol violation for a delay in returning to the ice. The Knights quickly capitalize on the penalty when Tremblay scored on the man-advantage, knocking in his own rebound 57 seconds into the period for his ninth goal of the season. Junior Jake Morley (Ogdensburg, NY) and Mark Borowiecki (Kanata, ONT) picked up the assists.
Twenty-seven seconds into the third, the Tigers regained the lead when Andrew Ammon took a long cross-ice pass from Taylor Fedun and scored from the right circle for his sixth goal of the year.
Clarkson battled back once again to tie the score when freshman Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) knocked in a rebound off a shot by junior Jake Morley (Ogdensburg, NY) at 5:07. Freshman Jarrett Burton (Echo Bay, ONT) also assisted.
Princeton outshot the Knights 36-34, but Clarkson controlled the third with a 17-9 shot advantage in the stanza. Junior Paul Karpowich (Thunder Bay, ONT) posted 32 saves, including 15 in the second period. Sean Bonar finished with 31 stops, including 16 in the third.
Clarkson was 1-of-2 on the power play, while the Tigers were 1-of-5 with the man-advantage.