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Penalties stymie Clarkson

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HAMILTON — Robbie Bourdon scored with 46 seconds left in overtime to give the Colgate University men’s hockey team a 5-4 victory over Clarkson in an ECAC Hockey game Saturday afternoon at Starr Rink.

Clarkson (2-7-5 overall, 2-3-1 conference) held leads of 1-0 and 4-3 during the game but six penalties proved costly to the Golden Knights, as three of Colgate’s goals came on power plays.

“It was disappointing,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “Last night (at Cornell), I thought that was a winnable game. Today I thought we battled back hard in the second (period). We didn’t have the same energy and alertness that we had (Friday). I thought Colgate was the better team on the ice today.”

Clarkson got off to a strong start when defenseman Sam Labrecque scored an unassisted goal at 5 minutes, 31 seconds of the first period to give the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead.

But James Howden was called for tripping at 8:59 and Colgate scored the first of its power-play goals just seven seconds later on a shot from Spiro Goulakos to tie the game 1-1.

The Raiders (7-7-2, 3-4-1) appeared ready to pull away from Clarkson in the second period when Tylor Spink scored at 2:53, and Goulakos added another power-play goal at 8:53 to give Colgate a 3-1 advantage.

Clarkson responded with a three-goal outburst in a span of 3:06 of the second period to take a 4-3 lead.

Joe Zarbo scored first for Clarkson at 11:07 and then Will Frederick tied the game with a goal at 12:21. Freshman Jeff DiNallo capped the rally by scoring his first career goal at 14:13, giving Clarkson a 4-3 advantage.

But, once again, penalties proved to be Clarkson’s undoing. Patrick Marsh was called for goaltender interference at 18:27 of the second period, and 10 seconds later, Howden was called for hooking.

Colgate capitalized with a five-on-three goal from Thomas Larkin at 19:08 of the second period to tie the game 4-4.

From that point on Clarkson never threatened, as the Raiders outshot Clarkson 18-2 in the third period and overtime.

“I thought it was difficult to finish the (second) period, and they got some momentum on that,” Jones said.

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