BUFFALO — For a third straight time a Clarkson University men’s hockey game ended in a tie score.
Clarkson skated to a 2-2 tie with Canisius College in a nonconference game Sunday afternoon at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.
The Golden Knights (0-4-3 overall) tied Canisius 3-3 on Saturday afternoon and Clarkson tied Niagara 4-4 in its most recent home game on Oct. 27.
The last time Clarkson had three straight tie games was in the 1985-86 season when the Golden Knights tied Rensselaer 1-1, Cornell 3-3 and Colgate 4-4.
“We really battled hard,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “We persevered and overcame some adversity there. (Canisius) is a hard team to play against and they don’t give up much.”
The Golden Griffins (1-4-3) took a 1-0 lead late in the first period when Tyler Wiseman scored a power-play goal at 16 minutes, 26 seconds. Preston Shupe and Doug Jessey assisted on the goal.
Clarkson used a scoring burst from junior Jarrett Burton to take a 2-1 lead midway through the second period. Burton scored during a power play at 4:50, with Christian Finch and James Howden assisting, then gave Clarkson the lead at 8:21 with a goal off an assist from Will Frederick, who used a check to help create the scoring play.
Canisius responded with a goal from Doug Beck at 11:05 off a rebound.
The Golden Griffins were outshot 10-7 by Clarkson in the first period, but outshot the Golden Knights 30-21 the rest of the way, including a 4-1 advantage in overtime.
Clarkson’s freshman goalie Greg Lewis made 35 saves and finished with a .946 save percentage in the game.
“I thought he had a couple real key saves for us in (overtime),” Jones said. “He got some key saves at the right time. That was real important and that was a big step for him.”
All but two of Clarkson’s games this season have been decided by one goal or less and the other games were two-goal defeats.
“We have to learn to win the low-scoring games,” Jones said. “We have to eliminate chances and be better overall defensively. More times than not this year we are trying to find that and be consistent with our effort defensively.”
Clarkson opens ECAC Hockey play Friday with a 7 p.m. game at Yale.