PRINCETON, N.J. — Two goals in the final 5 minutes, 30 seconds of the game led the Clarkson men’s team to a 3-2 win over Princeton in an ECAC Hockey contest at the Hobey Baker Rink Friday night.
Clarkson (8-14-7 overall, 7-7-3 conference) was trailing the Tigers 2-1 after two periods but tied the game with a goal from Simon Bessette, off a wrist shot at the top of the circle, at 14 minutes, 30 seconds of the third period.
Princeton’s Rob Kleebaum was called for tripping 37 seconds after the goal and Clarkson freshman T.J. Moor scored on the ensuing power play on a shot from the bottom of the circle at 16:53 to give the Golden Knights the win.
Prior to Friday’s game Clarkson had been 0-11-2 when trailing after two periods.
“I thought we played a pretty-good game from start to finish,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “I thought we were good in all aspects of our pregame preparation.”
Clarkson was coming off a 6-2 loss at home to Rensselaer last Saturday, a game where it was down 6-0 before the halfway point.
But the Golden Knights had the better of Princeton (9-11-4, 7-7-3) throughout Friday’s game, outshooting the Tigers 38-27 and taking only two penalties.
After a scoreless first period Matt Zarbo gave Clarkson a 1-0 lead just 81 seconds into the second with a goal on a shot that went off the back of the leg of Tigers’ goalie Sean Bonar. Jarrett Burton assisted on the play.
But the Tigers responded by scoring two goals just 2:39 apart to take the lead heading into the final period.
Kleebaum scored first at 10:33, putting in a shot off the back of the leg of Clarkson goalie Greg Lewis. Michael Sdao gave Princeton the lead when he scored at 13:12.
“I was anxious to watch (Lewis) to see how he mentally responded from that,” Jones said. “He had to show his resolve there to bounce back from that and he did. He made a great shoulder save in the third which was big.”
Friday’s win was Clarkson’s third straight over the Tigers and gives the Golden Knights a sweep of the season series. Clarkson also moved into a three-way tie for sixth place in the conference with Dartmouth and Princeton. Clarkson is just one point behind St. Lawrence University and Union and only two points behind Yale and Rensselaer, who are tied for second.