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Colorado College edges Clarkson men’s hockey, 5-4

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two goals in the third period helped the Colorado College men’s hockey team avoid an upset and come away with a second straight 5-4 win over Clarkson in a nonconference game at World Arena on Saturday night.

Clarkson (0-2 overall) was looking for its first win over the Tigers in program history and had three different leads Saturday night, but instead found itself falling to 0-11-3 lieftime against Colorado College.

William Rapuzzi scored on a shot from just outside the crease with exactly a minute left in the third period to provide the game-winning goal for the Tigers (2-0).

“I thought we definitely ran out of gas,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “Overall, I thought we played pretty hard and we were working pretty hard. I was happy with the overall effort.”

Clarkson entered the third period with a 4-3 lead, but Colorado College evened the score when Archie Skalbeck put in the rebound of a shot from Joe Marciano at 10 minutes, 35 seconds. The Tigers controlled play the rest of the way taking several shots at Clarkson goalie Greg Lewis, who was making his first collegiate start, before Rapuzzi finally put in the game-winner.

The Golden Knights had two other leads in Saturday’s game.

Defenseman James Howden gave Clarkson a 1-0 lead just 77 seconds into the game when he scored on a shot off the goalpost.

The Tigers responded with a goal from Alexander Krushelnyski, the son of former National Hockey League player Mike Krushelnyski, at 5:39 of the first period, but Clarkson’s Pat Megannety scored on a backhander just 26 seconds later to make it 2-1.

Colorado College tied the game 2-2 before the first period ended on a goal from Scott Winkler at 14:45 and then took a 3-2 lead at 7:11 of the second period with a power play goal from Skalbeck.

The Tigers were dominating play at the time, outshooting Clarkson 22-6.

Clarkson ended the second period with an 8-2 shots spurt and scored two goals to take a 4-3 lead on goals from Jarrett Burton (7:32) and Allan McPherson (13:25).

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