POTSDAM — The Clarkson University men’s hockey team took off right from the start and controlled play, earning a 3-2 win over defending national champion Yale before 2,367 in an ECAC Hockey game Friday night at Cheel Arena.
Clarkson (14-7-2 overall, 7-2 conference) dominated the opening moments of the game. Yale (8-4-4, 3-3-3) did not even have its first puck possession in its own offensive zone for the first 108 seconds of the game.
Clarkson got off to a strong start this season, but then stumbled coming back from Christmas break, going 1-4-1 in six games against Hockey East teams. A 4-0 loss at home last Saturday to Merrimack proved inspirational.
The Golden Knights outshot Yale 13-5 in the first period and took a 1-0 lead at 13 minutes, 11 seconds, when Fossen scored on a rebound while falling to the ice. Will Frederick and James de Haas assisted on his goal.
After being dominated by Clarkson in the first period Yale responded and tied the game 1-1 when Gus Young scored at 5:34 of the second period.
But the Bulldogs’ goal didn’t stop Clarkson from its inspired play. The Golden Knights outshot Yale 14-6 in the second period and by the end of two periods had won 31 of 42 faceoffs.
Coach Casey Jones
Clarkson regained the lead for good when Fossen picked up his second goal of the game at 16:42 of the second period on a rebound of a shot from de Haas.
The two-goal game was big for Fossen because he missed most of last Saturday’s loss to Merrimack after earning a game misconduct for facemasking.
Before Fossen’s second goal Yale had a chance to take a lead when Kenny Agostino, who had scored a goal in five straight games, got a shorthanded breakaway opportunity. But his shot was blocked by Perry.
Defenseman Kevin Tansey ended the scoring for Clarkson, one-timing a pass from Joe Zarbo at 7:15 of the third period.
Yale cut the lead to 3-2 with a power-play goal from defenseman Rob O’Gara at 16:21 but never had any solid scoring chances after the goal.
James de Haas
Said Bulldogs coach Keith Allain, “They played a lot better than we did. They were quicker than we were and they fought harder for loose pucks.”