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College hockey: Colgate upends Clarkson in third period

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POTSDAM — Colgate ended the Clarkson University men’s hockey team’s early run of success in close games in a stunning fashion Saturday night.

The Raiders scored two goals just 29 seconds apart late in the third period to knock off Clarkson 4-3 before 2,950 in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena.

Clarkson (10-3-1 overall, 4-2 conference) had been 7-0-1 in one-goal games prior to Saturday’s contest, and the Golden Knights were clinging to a 3-2 lead when Colgate’s Joe Wilson was given a five-minute major for charging after colliding with Clarkson goalie Greg Lewis with just 7 minutes, 29 seconds left in the game.

But just 65 seconds into the major Clarkson’s Kevin Tansey was called for tripping, putting the teams to a four-on-four situation.

Colgate (6-6-1, 4-2) took advantage as Kyle Braun tied the game with 5:30 left and then 29 seconds later Darcy Murphy scored an unassisted goal for the game-winner.

“Our guys are pretty resilient and we’ve been preaching just hard work and being gritty, and we grinded one out there,” said Colgate coach Don Vaughan, a former SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University player. “I’m proud of our guys. To come in here and grind one out like we did, I’m pretty happy for our guys.”

Murphy’s goal came on a shot that went over Lewis’s blocker, stunning the Cheel Arena crowd.

“We had planned coming into the third to just keep going hard,” Murphy said. “Fortunately we were lucky enough to have a couple go in when it counted, so that was good. I thought the (major) was a little questionable, but we made it work and it just seemed to go our way.”

Until Saturday the Golden Knights had been able to produce victories when leading late, though for the third time in four games the Golden Knights blew a two-goal lead.

“You don’t expect that when you have a five-minute power play, but we kind of knew that we had to ease off a little bit, because we knew there would possibly be a call to go the other way,” Clarkson forward Jarrett Burton said. “It’s too bad we got that mental lapse there the last five-to-seven minutes.”

Said Clarkson forward Jeff DiNallo, “I think we just got too complacent out there. We saw the five-minute penalty and we thought we were home free. It turned around to not work in our favor. It’s tough to swallow, that’s for sure.”

After a dominant defensive effort Friday in a 3-2 win over Cornell, Clarkson was tested by Colgate’s speed and offensive skill Saturday.

The Raiders controlled play early in the game and finally took a 1-0 lead when Brendan Corcoran scored at 11:21.

But Clarkson worked its way back late in the period and tied the game with 22 seconds left on a goal by sophomore defenseman Paul Geiger.

Geiger’s goal appeared to change the momentum as Clarkson came out more aggressive in the second period and took a 2-1 lead on a goal from DiNallo just 2:24 into the period. The lead extended to 3-1 when Burton scored at 13:04.

“Their game is a speed game and we knew that,” Burton said. “They were taking it to us for a little bit and we had to get back on pace there. We knew what kind of team we had to be in the second period and we started to enforce that and be more physical.”

But Colgate began to regain control of the game in the third period and wound up outshooting the Golden Knights 6-2. The Raiders cut Clarkson’s lead to 3-2 just 2:42 into the period on a goal from Emilio Audi.

“We didn’t have it most of the night,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “We had a spike in the second period, but I thought they were better than us for most of the game. They beat us to a lot of loose pucks over the course of the game. It just wasn’t our best game overall and I thought they had something to do with it.”

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