POTSDAM — The Clarkson University men’s hockey team got off to a strong start and never gave a depleted Rensselaer squad a chance, earning a 3-0 win before 2,235 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena Friday night.
RPI (10-11-4 overall, 4-6-3 conference) was missing four players after a brawl after a game against Union College last Saturday as well as coach Seth Appert, who was given a one-game suspension by ECAC Hockey. The missing players accounted for 35 percent of RPI’s goal production this season.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
Clarkson (16-9-2, 9-4) took advantage of its first power-play chance and took a 1-0 lead off a goal from senior Allan McPherson at 7 minutes, 33 seconds of the first period and kept control of the game from that point.
McPherson 's goal
After outshooting RPI 9-7 in the first period Clarkson began to take control of the game in the second period, outshooting the Engineers 16-3 and scoring two more goals.
The first goal came at 2:48 from sophomore Todd Christian, who was playing in only his fifth game of the season. It was only the second career goal for Christian, who scored last year at Cheel Arena against Princeton.
Clarkson’s third goal came at 15:45 of the second period after RPI’s Craig Bokenfohr hit Will Frederick from behind and drew a major penalty and game misconduct. Clarkson defenseman Kevin Tansey was nearby and almost went after Bokenfohr, but saw the puck loose on the ice so instead skated up ice with it and wound up scoring a goal before RPI could touch the puck and start the penalty kill.
The Engineers were outshot 29-16 and wound up playing two players down after Bokenfohr’s misconduct. RPI had dressed only 17 skaters because it had the four other players suspended for the game and teams can travel with only 21 skaters and two goalies.
RPI assistant Bryan Vines
Clarkson goalie Steve Perry finished with 16 saves to record his third shutout of the season in just 12 starts.