Freshman Greg Lewis (Mars, PA) gave the Clarkson University Hockey team a chance for a win on the road Friday night in Hanover, NH with a season-high 44-save effort against Dartmouth, but the Big Green were able to pull away late for a 5-1 ECAC Hockey victory at Thompson Arena.
One night after skating to a productive 5-1 win at Harvard on Friday, the Golden Knights struggled against 12th/13th-ranked Dartmouth as the Big Green outshot Clarkson 49-21, including a 36-12 margin through the first two periods. Dartmouth (11-7-2, 7-5-1) went 1-of-5 on the power play and killed off all three of the Knights’ man-advantage chances.
Clarkson owns a 5-13-6 overall record and a 4-6-2 ECAC Hockey mark. The Green and Gold return to Potsdam opening a four-game home stand at Cheel Arena this coming weekend hosting Colgate and Cornell.
In a fast-paced, scoreless first period the Big Green outshot Clarkson 18-5, but could not get one past Lewis, who was making his seventh consecutive start in the Knights' crease and 22nd appearance overall for the season.
Dartmouth continued to dominate with an 18-7 shot advantage in the second frame, and finally put one behind Lewis at 10:36 when Matt Lindbland knocked in a rebound for the first goal of the game.
The Big Green opened the third period by converting on a 3-on-1, odd-man rush with Tyler Sikura collecting a power-play marker at 3:51 to go on top 2-0.
Sophomore Joe Zarbo (Grand Island, NY) gave the Knights life with his fourth goal of the weekend and 11th of the season at 11:00. Juniors Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) and Mike Garlasco (Mahwah, NJ) assisted.
After several good opportunities by Clarkson to put another one on the board, the Big Green came back with a breakaway goal by Eric Robinson at 13:54 to regain the two-goal advantage.
Dartmouth capped off a four-goal third period with two late scores. Dustin Walsh netted an empty-net tally with 63 seconds remaining and Alex Goodship scored with 36 seconds left.
Cab Morris made 20 saves for the Big Green.