In a battle between two Top 10 teams, freshman Steve Perry (Ligonier, PA) made a career-high 38 saves and junior defenseman Sam Labrecque (Granby, QUE) scored late in the third as the Clarkson University Hockey team fought back to earn a 1-1 tie against UMass-Lowell at Tsongas Arena on Friday night.
The Golden Knights, ranked 9th/11th in the national polls, will face off for the third straight game against the 10th/9th-ranked River Hawks at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Clarkson stands at 12-5-2, while Lowell posts a 13-5-1 overall record.
Lowell, which defeated the Knights 3-1 at the Catamount Cup on Sunday, scored the game's first goal early in the opening period. The River Hawks leading scorer, Joseph Pendenza knocked in a pass from Josh Holmstrom at 7:02 of the first for the only shot that would get by Perry all night.
Lowell outshot the Green and Gold 10-8 in the period.
Clarkson enjoyed the better of the play in the middle frame with a 12-11 shot advantage and two power plays, but could not solve the River Hawks goaltender Doug Carr or Lowell's top-rated defense.
Lowell controlled the third period with a 17-7 shot advantage, but Perry kept the Knights within reach turning aside the River Hawks scoring bids.
With 5:41 left in regulation, Labrecque converted on a 2-on-1 rush to tie the game. Labrecque fired in a hard wrist shot high over the glove-side of Carr for an unassisted tally and fourth goal of the season.
Both teams had one shot apiece in the five-minute overtime. Lowell outshot the Knights 39-28. The Knights went 0-of-4 on the power play. The River Hawks, who had a pair of late man-advantage opportunities in the final seconds of overtime, went 0-of-5 on the power play.