Clarkson falls at Yale, 5-1
Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 10:28 pm

The rigors of a demanding ECAC Hockey road trip caught up with the Clarkson University Hockey team on Saturday night in New Haven, CT as the Golden Knights fell to defending conference tournament champion Yale 5-1 at Ingalls Rink in the final contest of a four-game swing for the Green and Gold.

Clarkson, which gained a 3-1 victory over Brown in Providence, RI on Friday, owns a 13-12-5 overall record and holds a 7-6-3 slate in ECAC Hockey, good for fifth place in the league standings. The Knights opened the road trip last weekend in NY’s Capital District, losing to league-leader Union 5-2 in Schenectady before coming back with a 3-2 win over Rensselaer in Troy. Clarkson returns home to Cheel Arena next weekend to begin a four-game home stand, beginning with Princeton on Friday.

The night started off on the right note for the Green and Gold as they scored the opening goal for the third consecutive game. Sophomore Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) finished off a passing combination from linemates, sophomore Ben Sexton (Kanata, ONT) and freshman Patrick Marsh (Oakville, ONT) just two minutes after the opening faceoff for his seventh goal of the season and first tally since November.

Yale (10-11-2, 7-8-1), however, answered back with five unanswered goals to gain the win at home. Andrew Miller started the Bulldogs’ scoring, tying the game at 6:26 of the first. Brian O’Neill tallied twice in the second period, scoring on the power play 63 seconds in and again with two minutes remaining in the stanza, to put Yale in the lead.

The Bulldogs added a pair of third-period goals 18 seconds apart to seal the victory as Kenny Agostino scored at 11:57, followed by Clinton Bourbonais at 12:15.

Yale outshot the Knights 33-28. Senior Paul Karpowich (Thunder Bay, ONT) posted 28 saves, while the Bulldogs’ Jeff Malcolm made 27 stops.

The Knights struggled on the power play with a 0-of-5 effort. Yale went 1-of-3 with the man-advantage.­