Clarkson wins, gains 7th place
With a 4-1 victory over 18th-ranked Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH in the final regular-season game on Saturday night the Clarkson University Hockey team will enter the ECAC Hockey playoffs with some momentum and host a first-round series at Cheel Arena this coming weekend.
The Golden Knights, who finished the regular-season slate with a 9-12-1 league mark, earned seventh place in the ECAC Hockey standings and will host Harvard in the best-of-three game series next weekend in Potsdam. Clarkson, which snapped a three-game losing skid, owns a 15-17-2 overall record.Four different Knights scored goals and junior Paul Karpowich (Thunder Bay. ONT) was at his best between the pipes for Clarkson with a 43-save effort.?The Knights overcame an early 1-0 deficit with four unanswered goals to equal its highest goal total of the new year.
After Dartmouth (16-10-3, 12-8-3) took the lead with a power-play goal from Scott Fleming at 7:28 of the first, Clarkson came back with a goal by senior Brandon DeFazio (Oakville, ONT) to tie it. DeFazio knocked in his own rebound at the side of the net at 10:47 for his team-high 13th goal of the season. Senior defenseman Tom Pizzo (Rochester, NY) and freshman Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT)teamed up on the rush to bring the puck into the Dartmouth zone, earning assists.
After a scoreless second period, the Knights struck for three goals in the final frame to skate away with the road victory. At 2:40, junior Julien Cayer (Lonqueuil, QUE) finished off a perfect feed out of the corner by freshman Will Frederick (Allison Park, PA) with a quick wrist shot from the slot for his third goal of the season and the game-winner.
Sophomore Adam Pawlick (Utica, NY) tucked in a wraparound shot for his third goal of the season at 16:48 to give the Green and Gold a two-goal advantage. With 1:32 remaining, junior Jake Morley (Ogdensburg, NY) fought through two Dartmouth defenders and sealed the win with an empty-net tally for his second goal of the weekend and seventh of the season.
Dartmouth outshot Clarkson 44-31, but Karpowich was on top of his game with 15 saves in the first period, 13 more in the second frame and 15 again in the third stanza. James Mello finished with 27 stops for the Big Green.
The Knights were scoreless on three power plays, while Dartmouth was 1-of-4 with the man-advantage.