By CAP CAREY
POTSDAM — The final score showed a 3-3 tie, but the body language of some of Clarkson University’s men’s hockey players after the game seemed more like they had lost to the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Golden Knights blew a two-goal lead in the third period and had to settle for a tie against the Tigers in a nonconference game before a sellout crowd of 3,320 fans at Cheel Arena Saturday night.
Clarkson (4-1-1 overall) held a 3-1 lead heading into the final period but the Tigers cut the deficit to one goal on a power-play goal from Ben Lynch at 6 minutes, 50 seconds, with Josh Mitchell and Nolan Descoteaux assisting.
The Tigers (0-3-1), who held Clarkson to only three shots in the third period, tied the game when Mike Colavecchia scored his second goal of the game with 4:33 remaining.
Saturday’s tie marked the first time this season where Clarkson had blown a lead. The Golden Knights, coming off a 9-20-7 record last year, have started off this season showing improvement.
Last Minute of Overtime
The schedule gets tougher next weekend with Colorado College coming to Potsdam for a pair of nonconference games.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
Despite the players feeling a bit down at the end of the game there were some bright spots for Clarkson before RIT’s comeback.
Freshman forward Jordan Boucher got his first chance to play Saturday and, like Perry D’Arrisso last weekend, he scored a goal on his first shot in college, giving Clarkson a 1-0 lead at 8:17 of the first period.
Colavecchia scored a power-play goal for RIT at 12:41 of the first period to tie the game, but Clarkson defenseman Sam Labrecque answered with a power-play goal at 19:49 to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 edge after the opening period.
Clarkson built the 3-1 lead when another freshman, Troy Josephs, picked up his first career goal at 11:44 of the second period.
RIT, while not thrilled with a tie, did break out of a tough stretch to start the season which had seen the team lose an exhibition game and then three straight nonconference contests.
RIT coach Wayne Wilson