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Clarkson 2, Colgate 1

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Clarkson clinched a home playoff series Saturday night with a 2-1 victory over Colgate before 3,003 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena.

The Golden Knights (15-13-6 overall, 9-7-4 conference) beat Colgate for the first time since the opening game of the 2008 ECAC Hockey quarterfinals and moved into fourth place in the standings with two games left.

Colgate (17-12-3, 11-8-1) was struggling with about 12 players who were sick. About eight Raiders did not dress for the game.

Clarkson struck first at 15 minutes, 54 seconds of the opening period when defenseman James Howden put a shot off the back of Colgate goalie Alex Evin and into the net.

Clarkson scored its second goal with two seconds left on a power play at 14:41 of the second period, with Allan McPherson scoring a goal for the fourth time in five games. Here's McPherson's goal:

Clarkson's defense, after giving up seven goals last Saturday against Quinnipiac, allowed two of ECAC Hockey's top teams only two goals. The Golden Knights killed all five penalties, including this one in the first period.

Goalie Paul Karpowich nearly had a shutout Saturday, but Colgate's Chris Wagner scored an unassisted goal with 1.8 seconds left. Karpowich finished with 28 saves and kept Hobey Baker candidate Austin Smith off the scoresheet.

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