Clarkson men's hockey wins another OT thriller over St. Lawrence
Game two of the weekend non-league series between archrivals Clarkson and St. Lawrence played out very similar to their first meeting on Friday with the Golden Knights pulling out an exciting overtime thriller.
Sophomore Josh Dunne (O'Fallon, MO) knocked in a shot during a scrum in front of Saints' goaltender Francis Boisvert 1:29 into the extra session to give the Green and Gold a 3-2 victory before 3,333 North Country fans at Cheel Arena on Saturday night.On Friday, Clarkson defeated the Saints 4-3 in overtime at Cheel.
Ranked 11th in the national polls, the Golden Knights improves to 5-2-1 and will open ECAC Hockey play next weekend at Union and Rensselaer. Clarkson and St. Lawrence (2-5-1) will meet again at Cheel in just over a month, playing a league game on December 7.
Clarkson had a significant 43-25 shot advantage over the Saints, but a strong effort by Boisvert and hard-working effort by the Saints kept the game close throughout.
Dunne opened the scoring at 4:45 of the first, knocking in a shot at the top of the crease with senior Haralds Egle (Liepaia, Latvia) and junior defenseman Connor McCarthy (LaSalle, QUE) assisting on the power-play marker.
The Saints evened the score at 7:53 of the middle frame with a goal by Keenan Suthers.
Midway through the stanza, freshman Anthony Romano (Richmond Hill, ONT) picked up a puck behind the St. Lawrence net, skated out to the left circle and fired in his third goal of the season at 11:37. Captain Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE) and Dunne assisted.
St. Lawrence, however, would not go away and just nine seconds into the third period, Kaden Pickering got behind the Clarkson defense and converted a 2-on-1 to make it a 2-2 game.
Clarkson's leading scorer, Dunne came through with the winner. Battling in front of the Saints' crease, Dunne was able to get a stick on a loose puck in front of Boisvert after a shot from the top of the left circle by Brosseau and poked in his fifth goal of the season.
Clarkson's penalty kill was perfect again, shutting down all four of St. Lawrence's power-play chances to extended its string of kills to 20 straight.
The Knights went 1-of-5 on the power play.
Frank Marotte (Longueuil, QUE) made 23 saves in the Clarkson crease.