POTSDAM — If the Clarkson University men’s hockey team had lost any of the things which made it successful in the first half of the season it appears to have found them again this weekend.
The Golden Knights defeated Brown 3-2 before 2,630 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena, earning a home sweep for the weekend and getting back on course after going 1-4-1 in six games against Hockey East teams after Christmas break.
Like it did in the first half of the season, Clarkson (15-7-2 overall, 8-2 conference) found ways to make big plays when it mattered in the third period and improved to 12-3-2 in games decided by one goal this season.
Clarkson’s game-winning goal Saturday came during a power play when McPherson, near the blue line, found classmate Will Frederick alone just outside the crease and sent him a quick pass. Frederick lofted a shot over the shoulder of Brown goalie Tyler Steel for the eventual game-winner at 5 minutes, 45 seconds of the third period.
Clarkson got off to a strong start against Brown (7-7-3, 4-5-1), outshooting the Bears 12-2 in the first part of the game and taking a 1-0 lead on a shot from McPherson at 2:48 of the opening period.
The Bears did not score in the opening period, but worked their way back into the game, cutting Clarkson’s shots edge to 16-13 and then tied the game just 61 seconds into the second period on a shot from Mark Naclerio.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
T.J. Moor gave Clarkson a 2-1 lead at 10:09 of the second period scoring a goal on a breakaway, which was set up with a long pass from Sinz.
Brown controlled most of the middle period, despite giving up the breakaway goal, and tied the game again at 16:46 off a shot from Massimo Lamacchia.
While Clarkson staggered in the second period, the Golden Knights controlled the third, outshooting Brown 11-6 and taking advantage of the power-play opportunity to produce the winning goal.
The only negative for the Golden Knights was some late-game pressure by Brown as time expired led to a tussle after time expired and Golden Knights captain Ben Sexton, as well as Brown’s Lamacchia, were each given game disqualification penalties for fighting. Sexton will miss Clarkson’s game Friday night at Colgate and Lamacchia will miss Brown’s home game against Yale.