Minnesota-Duluth holds off Clarkson for 4-2 win
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 10:35 pm

In a penalty-filled non-league affair at Cheel Arena on Tuesday night, the Clarkson University Hockey team staged a late rally against WCHA powerhouse University of Minnesota-Duluth, but fell short in its comeback bid as the fifth-ranked Bulldogs gained the series sweep of the Golden Knights with a 4-2 victory. UMD also defeated the Green and Gold 4-1 on Monday.

UMD improved its record to 14-4-3, while the Knights fall to 10-7-2. Clarkson resumes ECAC Hockey play this weekend in NY’s Capital District region when it plays at ninth-ranked Rensselaer on Friday and at 15th-ranked Union on Saturday.

There was a total of 125 minutes in penalties called in Tuesday's contest with three five-minute majors, five 10-minute misconducts and three game misconducts handed out. Clarkson was called for 15 penalties for 76 minutes while UMD was whistled for 49 minutes on 15 penalties. The Knights went 1-of-10 on the power play while the Bulldogs were 2-of-7 with the man-advantage.

Trailing 4-0 late in the third period, Clarkson was finally able to produce on its scoring chances, connecting for a pair of specialty-team goals in the final six minutes of play. At 14:24, junior Nick Tremblay (Candiac, QUE) scored on the power play off a feed from freshman Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) for his fifth goal of the season. Junior defenseman Mark Borowiecki (Kanata, ONT) also assisted.

Eighty-five seconds later, freshman Jarrett Burton (Echo Bay, ONT) recorded his first collegiate goal when he knocked in a rebound off a shot by McPherson for a shorthanded tally to cut the deficit to two goals.

Clarkson pulled sophomore goaltender Cody Rosen (Kingston, ONT) for the extra attacker with 1:11 remaining, but was unable to get any closer.

The Knights came out with a strong effort to start the game, and benefiting from two consecutive power-play opportunities, outshot Minnesota-Duluth 9-3 midway through the opening stanza. The Bulldogs, however, were able to hold off Clarkson in the early going and then struck twice in a three-minute span to grab the lead.

Coming off a three-assist effort in Monday night’s win, Jack Connolly tallied the game’s first goal when he finished off assists from Mike Connolly and Trent Palm on a shot from the left circle for his ninth goal of the season at 10:23. At 13:17, David Grun connected for his second goal of the year, lifting in a shot just under crossbar from down low with just eight seconds remaining in UMD’s second power play of the period. Wade Bergman recorded the assist.

In a penalty-filled second period, the Bulldogs added two more goals for a 4-0 lead through forty minutes of play. Mike Seidel gave UMD a 3-0 lead at 8:34 when his shot from the right side of the net, deflected off Clarkson’s junior goaltender Paul Karpowich (Thunder Bay, ONT) shoulder and into the net for his fifth goal of the season.

With .6 of a second remaining in the middle frame, Justin Fontaine scored his team-high 12th goal of the season when picked up a loose puck at the bottom of the left circle and connected on quick shot for a power–play marker to make it 4-0.

Clarkson outshot UMD 35-30. Karpowich started in the Knights crease and made 18 saves on 22 shots through two periods of action. Rosen played in the third and turned aside all eight shots he faced. Aaron Crandall posted 33 saves for the Bulldogs.