POTSDAM — Clarkson lost its fifth straight home game Saturday night but found a few positives to build on as it prepares to host rival St. Lawrence University at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Yale edged the Golden Knights 3-1 before 2,297 fans at Cheel Arena, avenging a 1-0 loss at home to Clarkson on Nov. 9, as well as a 5-4 overtime loss in Cheel Arena last Jan. 15.
But Clarkson (4-12-5 overall, 3-5-1 ECAC Hockey) showed more spark on offense than it had since playing SLU in a pair of games early in Dec., even if the Golden Knights only got one shot past Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm.
Yale (9-4-3, 5-3-1), with its skilled offense, also helped Clarkson prepare for a similar challenge against the Saints, even though SLU only scored two goals in two games against the Golden Knights last month.
After being shut out by Clarkson goalie Greg Lewis back in Nov., Yale pressured the Golden Knights early, taking 16 shots in the first period, but did not score until 6 minutes, 24 seconds of the second period on a power-play goal from Jesse Root.
Yale beat SLU 5-3 on Friday night and the win over Clarkson gave the Bulldogs their first weekend sweep in the north country since the 2003-04 season.
Saturday’s game was a physical tilt. Clarkson defenseman Alex Boak put a hit on Josh Balch in the first period and there were several post-whistle pushing and shoving incidents.
With three minutes remaining in the game Jones pulled Lewis for an extra attacker and the move worked as Joe Zarbo scored a goal at 17:23 of the third period. Clarkson also drew a penalty before the goal and had a power-play for 1:22 before Golden Knights’ forward Allan McPherson was called for interference at 18:45.
Clarkson was unable to push a tying goal past Malcolm and Yale sealed the win with an empty-net goal from Clinton Bourbonais with 30 seconds remaining.