POTSDAM — A major penalty by Cornell sparked the Clarkson University men’s hockey team to its most productive outing against the Big Red in 14 years Saturday night.
Clarkson beat Cornell 6-3 before 2,490 fans in an ECAC Hockey contest at Cheel Arena. It was the most goals Clarkson has scored against the Big Red since a 6-2 win on Jan. 2, 1999. It also snapped a 10-game winless streak against Cornell.
Cornell (8-11-2 overall, 4-8-2 conference) had a 1-0 lead late in the first period when forward Joel Lowry was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for hitting Jarrett Burton from behind at 18 minutes, 8 seconds.
Clarkson (6-13-7, 5-6-3) responded by scoring three goals during the five-minute power play and never trailed again the rest of the way.
T.J. Moor started the scoring for Clarkson just 20 seconds after the hit, tying the game 1-1.
McPherson then scored an unassisted goal on a shot from between the circles at 19:32 to give Clarkson a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.
Moor ended the spurt by scoring on a breakaway at 1:12 of the second period, converting on a pass from Paul Geiger for his third goal of the weekend.
It was the second straight game where Cornell was hurt by a major. The Big Red was in a 2-2 tie with SLU Friday night when Jacob MacDonald was called for boarding with 5:34 remaining. The Saints scored twice to win 4-2 and Saturday’s loss was the fifth straight for Cornell.
Cornell cut Clarkson’s lead to 3-2 with a power-play goal from Nick D’Agostino at 7:40 of the second period. Clarkson responded with a goal from James Howden at 8:52 to regain a two-goal lead, only to see Cornell’s Ferlin score with 60 seconds left in the second period to make it 4-3.
But unlike Friday’s 4-4 tie with Colgate, where Clarkson never could get a two-goal advantage, the Golden Knights responded every time Cornell cut into the lead Saturday.
The most controversial goal of the game came at 3:12 of the third period when Burton gave Clarkson a 5-3 lead on a shot from behind the net that appeared to go off the back of Big Red goalie Andy Iles. The play was reviewed to see if Burton’s stick was too high on the shot, but the goal counted.
Will Frederick ended a 10-goal weekend for the Golden Knights by scoring at 17:06 of the third period.
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