POTSDAM — Clarkson never has to fear in late stages of games because Allan McPherson is there.
For a second straight game, McPherson scored a late game-winning goal, this time with 37.3 seconds left in the third period to give the 11th-ranked Golden Knights a 3-2 win over Cornell before 2,923 in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena Friday night.
There were two minutes left in the game last Saturday when McPherson’s goal gave Clarkson a 2-1 win over Harvard.
Just like last Friday, in a 3-2 win at Dartmouth, Clarkson had a two-goal lead and saw it vanish before rallying to produce a win.
Clarkson (10-2-1 overall, 4-1 ECAC Hockey) started the game strong and scored the first goal just 45 seconds into the game.
Ben Sexton, who scored the game-winner last Friday, scored on a rebound of a shot by Megannety to give the Golden Knights the early lead.
Clarkson dominated the Big Red (3-3-1, 1-3-1) in the first period, holding Cornell to only two shots.
The Golden Knights extended the lead to 2-0 at 5 minutes, 9 seconds of the second period on McPherson’s first goal of the game. A shot from Megannety hit a skate and came to McPherson, who was in the circle, and he put the shot in before Iles had time to react.
Coming into Friday’s game Cornell has scored on 28.1 percent of their power plays and the Big Red, who struggled to get shots on goal the entire game, used the power play to get back into the contest.
Cornell cut the deficit to one goal with a power-play goal at 10:39 of the second period by John McCarron, and the Big Red tied the game 2-2 at 12:37 of the third period on a power-play goal from Brian Ferlin. Cornell finished 2-for-4 on the power play.
Clarkson Coach Casey Jones
Clarkson has answered almost every time it’s been in a tense situation late in games, improving to 7-0-1 this season in games decided by one goal or less.
For Cornell, the loss extended an early-season winless streak to four games (0-3-1).
Cornell Coach Mike Schafer