Last 10 Seconds
POTSDAM — Right from the opening faceoff the Clarkson University men’s hockey team came out hustling and trying to force the agenda and the result was the program’s first win against Colorado College.
The Golden Knights defeated Colorado College 2-1 before 2,193 fans in a nonconference game at Cheel Arena Friday night. Entering this weekend Clarkson had been 0-11-3 in its history against the Tigers, a series that dates back to the 1957 NCAA semifinals.
Clarkson captain Ben Sexton did his best to get the fans roaring early in the game, nearly scoring 53 seconds in when one of his shots rang off the goalpost.
Instead of celebrating on Sexton’s near goal early, Clarkson fans had to wait 12 more minutes before they could cheer the first goal of the game, which came partly as a result of the intensity of Sexton’s line with Jarrett Burton and T.J. Moor working hard and causing the Tigers to opt for a line change.
But while Colorado College was making that change Clarkson’s Joe Zarbo won a fight for the puck along the wall and sent it to Allan McPherson for a two-on-one breakaway with Patrick Megannety.
McPherson took a shot that went off the leg pads of Tigers goalie Josh Thorimbert and right to Megannety on the other side of the crease. Megannety knocked it into the net to give Clarkson a 1-0 lead at 12 minutes, 7 seconds of the opening period.
Clarkson outshot the Tigers 11-6 in the first period and was controlling play for most of the second period when it met some adversity.
Colorado College scored at 12:20 of the second period to tie the game when freshman Zach Aman, who was skating in his first game, took a shot that appeared to deflect off something, went in the air and got past Clarkson goalie Greg Lewis to tie the score 1-1.
But after blowing a lead, Clarkson did not panic and went back to playing the same style that had seen it controlling play to that point.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
Clarkson got another chance after the score was tied when Colorado College’s Eamonn McDermont was called for holding at 14:12 of the second period.
As the power-play was winding down, McPherson put a shot past Thorimbert to give the Golden Knights the lead for good at 16:07.
The Golden Knights had a 22-12 edge in shots after two periods and withstood a surge by Colorado College in the third period as it fought to tie the game, showing lessons it learned from blowing a 3-1 lead in the final period last Saturday at home against the Rochester Institute of Technology.
The Tigers will try to build on the momentum of the final minutes as they go for a split at 7 tonight.
Tigers coach Scott Owens
NOTES: Clarkson has scored a power-play goal in every game but one this season. ... The Golden Knights entered Friday’s game having won 58.7 percent of faceoffs and went 34-29 against Colorado College. Ben Sexton was 15-5, improving to 85-40 this season. ... Clarkson is allowing only 1.71 goals-per game, which ranks third nationally behind Notre Dame and Denver among teams which have played more than one game.