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As with any tie there were good and bad things Clarkson could take away from its season opener, which ended in a 4-4 tie with Alaska-Anchorage early Saturday morning.
The game, which started after midnight in New York, didn't find Clarkson sleepy, as the Golden Knights built a 2-0 lead early in the second period off two goals from Julien Cayer.
Alaska-Anchorage, which outshot the Golden Knights 41-23, answered with a three-goal outburst, including two power-play goals, to take a lead by 12 minutes, 33 seconds of the second period.
But Clarkson did not fade away after blowing the lead and instead the Golden Knights tied the game 3-3 with a power-play goal from freshman Joe Zarbo at 17:14 of the second and took a 4-3 lead on a goal from Louke Oakley at 18:20 of the second.
The Seawolves forced overtime when Matt Bailey scored at 12:42 of the third and had a chance to win the game when Clarkson's Nick Tremblay was called for interference with 27.3 seconds left in regulation.
Alaska-Anchorage outshot Clarkson 18-9 in the final period and overtime, but the Golden Knights held on for the tie. The Seawolves won a shootout, 1-0, which was used to determine a winner with regards to the tournament, the Kendall Classic, but the game will be recognized as a tie.
The good for Clarkson was the two-goal performance by Cayer, who was a highly-regarded recruit four years ago but has struggled with injuries throughout his career and had only nine career goals heading into this season.
Also Joe Zarbo followed up his goal in the exhibition game with another goal in the opener, reminding Clarkson fans of the start his older brother Matt, a sophomore, got off to last year.
Karpowich, despite allowing four goals, was solid and ended the game with a .902 save percentage. Clarkson also had to be pleased with two power-play goals after struggling in that area last year.
The main cause for concern would be allowing 41 shots. Shots on goal was a problem for the Golden Knights a year ago. Also Clarkson took seven penalties.
The tournament concludes at a more normal hour with an 8 p.m. game tonight against Alaska.

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