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FINAL from Appleton: Clarkson 2, SLU 1

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Third Period notes:
Moss gets leveled but no call.
Penalty killed. SLU with some good shots.
Clarkson penalty. SLU has a chance to tie.
Goal Clarkson Oakley with a quick wrister in the slot. Moss no chance.
Pitsikoulis almost scores AGAIN. But again Karpowich makes a good save.
Pitsikoulis nearly had his second, but fanned on an open one-timer.
DeFarzio starting to jaw a bit with Pat Raley.
Second period impressions:
Told you they'd score. It's 1-1 heading to the third in what's looking like another classic between Clarkson and SLU. The Saints finally got one by Karpowich, who has been sensational in net tonight with 23 saves already tonight. That was a fun period.
St. Lawrence is outplaying Clarkson and has all game, but penalties have plagued the Saints. In the second period, they took two more and now have five on the game.
I think it's anyone's game heading to the third and so far this has been as exciting as it gets — fast-paced, scoring, big hits and lots of emotion. Love it.
Second period notes:
GOAL SLU Nick Pitsikoulis on the PP. Jacob Drewiske and George Hughes on the assist.
Saints kill the penalty.
This is a goaltending clinic. Clarkson now on the PP and Moss makes two great stops.
Karpowich having a career game so far. The Saints are dominating this game, but can't figure him out.
Karpowich continues to make some great saves. Should be at least a goal by now.
Karpowich with a nice save on a Vangog shot. He's playing well tonight.
Saints fail to score on the PP which included a brief 5-on-3.
Saints start on PP.
First period impressions:
St. Lawrence and Clarkson played pretty evenly and I actually felt the Saints had a slight advantage. They dominated 5-on-5 play, taking the majority of the shots. But with three penalties, they spent too much time in the box and on the kill.
For St. Lawrence to even the score, it needs to stay out of the box. There were several good opportunities in the first period for a score, but Karpowich made some great saves to keep the Saints off the board.
St. Lawrence will score at some point this game. The question is will it stay out of the penalty box and get some more offensive flow?
First period notes:
Saints kill the penalty.
Peter Child goes to the box for tripping and it's the third penalty against SLU this game.
Pitsikoulis hits the crossbar.
Wick is asserting his physical presence. Nice to see.
Karpowich makes two great saves as the penalty expires and it stays 1-0
Keller whistled for a penalty. He argues the call.
Saints kill a penalty with great defense.
GOAL Clarkson: Freeman scores with 16:04 left in the first. Moss couldn't control a rebound. Saints in bad defensive position.
Good crowd on hand a high energy on the ice.
Karpowich misplays a bouncing puck and nearly lets it in. Still scoreless 18:01 to play.
Here we go.


Still two hours away from the drop, but the lines are quite interesting.
For St. Lawrence, Robby Moss is again in net despite coach Joe Marsh pulling him midway through the second period against Brown. Marsh shows a lot of confidence in Moss with this start. Also, Weninger is 0-2 against Clarkson this season, so possibly a new goalie will yield different results.
Jeremy Wick makes his return. He was a healthy scratch the last several games (possibly due to his ample time in the penalty box).
And, good news Saints fans, Peter Child is back. He hurt his knee a few weeks ago and wasn't expecting to return until close to the playoffs. He makes his return with five games left in the regular season tonight.

SLU:
Forwards:
Kyle Flanagan/Aaron Bogosian/Greg Carey
Nick Pitsikoulis/Jacob Drewiske/Jared Keller
Sean Flanagan/Kyle Essery/Nic Vangog
Sean Logue/Matt Dyer/Jeremy Wick
Defense:
George Hughes/Pat Raley
Peter Child/Justin Baker
Bobby Torney/Matt Raley
Goalie: Robby Moss
Clarkson:
Forwards:
Brandon DeFazio/Jake Morley/Will Frederick
Matt Zarbo/Jarrett Burton/Nick Tremblay
Adam Pawlick/Louke Oakley/Allan McPherson
Julien Cayer/Croey Tamblyn/Scott Freeman
Defense:
Adnrew Himelson/David Pratt
Tom Pizzo/Bryan Rufenach
Nik Pokulok/Alex Boak
Goalie: Paul Karpowich

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