Power play lifts Clarkson to 6-3 win over Cornell
Freshman right wing T.J. Moor (Lake St. Louis, MO) highlighted a productive offensive outing for the Clarkson University Hockey team on Saturday with two goals and one assist as the Golden Knights picked up a rare victory over Cornell, skating past the Big Red 6-3 before 2,490 in ECAC Hockey action at Cheel Arena.
Clarkson, which tied Colgate 4-4 on Friday, enjoyed its best weekend in ECAC Hockey play since last February 17-18 when it also picked up three points against the Central NY rivals in Potsdam. The Knights won for the second time this season at home, snapping a seven-game winless stretch (0-5-2) at Cheel. The victory was also Clarkson’s first triumph over Cornell since February 8, 2008, snapping a 10-game winless drought (0-7-3) against the Big Red.The Knights improve their record to 6-13-7 overall and to 5-6-3 in ECAC Hockey. Clarkson closes out a four-game home stand next weekend when it hosts Capital District rivals Union and Rensselaer. Cornell, which lost for the eighth time in its last nine games, falls to 8-11-2 overall and to 4-8-2 in the league.
Trailing 1-0 in the first, Clarkson took full advantage of a five-minute major power play late in the opening stanza to take control of the game. With 1:52 remaining in the opening stanza, the Big Red’s Joe Lowry was assed a five-minute major for a hit-from-behind, putting the Green and Gold on a lengthy power play. The Knights struck three times in that five-minute span to equal their highest power-play output of the season.
Nineteen seconds into the man-advantage, Moore converted off a passing play from classmate Simon Bessette (St. Jean, QUE) and sophomore Joe Zarbo (Grand Island, NY) for the Knights’ first goal at 18:28.
Just over a minute later, junior Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) fired in a shot from the top of the circles for his sixth goal of the season, an unassisted tally at 19:32.
Clarkson continued to roll on the man-advantage to start the second and connected for its third power-play goal 72 seconds into the stanza when Moor took a pass from freshman defenseman Paul Geiger (Stouffville, ONT), broke in alone and slipped in his second goal of the night and third of the weekend to put the Knights on top 3-1.
The Big Red cut the deficit to 3-2 with a power-play marker by Nick D’Agostino at 7:40, but 1:12 later Clarkson regained the two-goal lead.
Sophomore defenseman James Howden (Edgeley, SASK) skated in from the blueline and knocked in a loose puck in front off a shot by freshman Pat Megannety (Oakville, ONT) for his fourth goal of the season and second of the weekend. Moor also earned an assist.
With just one minute remaining in the period, Cornell made it a one-goal game once again with Brian Ferlin netting the Big Red’s third goal of the game.
Clarkson closed out its most productive outing against Cornell since 1998-99 with third-period goals by Burton and junior Will Frederick (Allison Park, PA).
Burton knocked in a shot from behind the Cornell net that fell in behind Big Red goaltender Andy Iles at 3;12 for his eighth goal of the season.
Frederick tallied his sixth of the season, finishing off assists from Bessette and junior defenseman Alex Boak (Norwood, NY) at 17:06.
Clarkson outshot Cornell 28-25. Freshman Greg Lewis (mars, PA) finished with 22 saves. Illes also had 22 stops. The Knights were 3-of-7 on the power play while Cornell was 1-of-6 with the man-advantage.