By CAP CAREY
POTSDAM — Joe Zarbo had to rely on the noise of the crowd to realize his backhanded shot had slipped past Colorado College goalie Josh Thorimbert for the game-winning goal.
Zarbo’s shot came with just 9.9 seconds left in overtime and gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 win over Colorado College, completing a weekend sweep of a nonconference series before 2,363 fans at Cheel Arena Saturday.
The numbers bear out Zarbo’s theory that Clarkson deserved the win. The Golden Knights outshot Colorado College 43-18, including a 9-2 edge in overtime. The most shots the Tigers had in any period was six.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
Clarkson (6-1-1 overall) played even with the Tigers in the opening period, with just a 6-5 edge in shots. But starting in the second period the Golden Knights took control of the game and held a 28-13 edge in shots on the Tigers in the second and third periods.
While Thorimbert was facing a lot of shots, Clarkson freshman Steve Perry had the equally difficult challenge of staying sharp even though a lot of the game was going on at the other end of the ice.
Perry finished with 18 saves and earned his second shutout of the season. Perry, who has split time with sophomore Greg Lewis, a childhood friend, has put together some impressive numbers to start his college career.
Among goalies who have played in more than one game, Perry is second in the nation in goals-against average (1.20), third in save percentage (.948) and tied for the national lead with his two shutouts.
The numbers have been equally impressive for Clarkson’s defense this season. The team has allowed an average of just 1.50 goals-per game, which ranks second nationally to Denver’s 1.40 among teams which have played more than one game.
Clarkson’s 6-1-1 overall record is the best start for the program since the 2006-07 squad. The Golden Knights begin ECAC Hockey play next weekend with games at Brown and Yale.