PROVIDENCE, R.I. After a winless first month of the season the Clarkson University mens hockey team now finds itself near the top of the ECAC Hockey standings after earning three out of a possible four points during the first weekend of conference play.
Clarkson skated to a 3-3 tie with Brown before 1,125 fans at Meehan Auditorium on Saturday afternoon to improve to 1-0-4 in its past five games. Clarkson also had its best opening weekend in conference play since the 2007-08 season.
The Golden Knights (1-4-4 overall, 1-0-1 conference) controlled play in the final period for a second straight day, outshooting Brown 19-5 in the third period and overtime. Over the weekend, Clarkson outshot its opponents 30-7 in the third period and overtime.
I think were hungry to win, Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. Weve been snakebit a little bit, in terms of the win column. Theyve had some adversity. Clarkson was challenged late in regulation of Saturdays game when defenseman Alex Boak was given a five-minute major for a contact-to-the-head penalty at 16 minutes, nine seconds of the third period.
The Golden Knights had to kill the penalty as regular time wound down and still had 69 seconds of it left to kill during overtime.
I thought we did a real good job of understanding we had to bail someone out, Jones said. It put us in a hole, and we did a great job and rallied around it.
Clarkson took a 1-0 lead just 2:41 into the game on a goal from captain Ben Sexton, with Adam Pawlick and Christian Finch assisting.
Brown (1-3-2, 0-2-2) answered with a goal from Michael Juola at 10:25 of the first period, but Clarkson took another lead at 16:41 when Allan McPherson scored off a pass from Patrick Marsh.
The Bears again tied the game on a goal from Ryan Jacobson at 1:56 of the second period and took their only lead at 3-2 when Juola scored another goal at 7:19 of the second period during a power play.
But Clarkson responded with a goal from Pawlick just 55 seconds after Juolas goal to tie the game 3-3.
Greg Lewis made 27 saves for the Golden Knights, giving him three straight games in which he has had a save percentage of at least .900 in a game.
Clarkson makes its home conference debut this weekend with games against Quinnipiac and Princeton.
Were looking forward to carrying the momentum to this weekend, Jones said. Were still growing as a team. We have things to improve on.