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Clarkson Answers SLU Rally In OT Victory

POTSDAM - Jordan Steinmetz and Keenan Suthers scored two quick goals in the opening minutes of the third period to help the St. Lawrence University men's hockey team erase a 3-1 deficit against No. 11 Clarkson and tie the game, but the Golden Knights ultimately edged the Saints 4-3 in overtime on Friday night at Cheel Arena.

The goal for Steinmetz was the first of his collegiate career, while sophomore Andrew McIntyre notched his first of the season. Cameron Buhl recorded his first multi-point game as both her and Zach Risteau finished with two points with a pair of assists.

Senior netminder Daniel Mannella made 29 saves in 58:21 minutes played between the pipes, but went down with an injury after making a tremendous glove save on a breakaway chance for Clarkson with less than two minutes to play in regulation. Emil Zetterquist came in in relief and made three stops in the loss in just over three minutes played in the loss.

Clarkson took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission with a goal from Haralds Egle at the 12:56 mark of the opening frame, as he put back a rebound after Mannella made the initial save on a close-range shot with the blade of his right skate.

The Golden Knights pushed their lead to 2-0 with a shorthanded goal just 13 seconds into a St. Lawrence power play chance, as Zach Tsekos and Grant Cooper moved in on a 2-on-1 and Cooper buried high on the blocker side at 4:19 of the second period.

Just two minutes later, the Saints got on the board with McIntyre's tally, as he beat Clarkson's Frank Marotte with a shot from the bottom of the left circle through traffic in front.

The play started with a stretch pass from Dylan Woolf deep in the St. Lawrence zone to Buhl cutting through the neutral zone down the right wing side. Buhl drew a penalty cutting through the middle and lost the handle on the puck, but McIntyre put it back across the crease and in to cut the deficit in half.

Midway through the second period – it looked like the Saints had tied the game with a second-chance opportunity for Risteau who intercepted a pass as Clarkson was trying to break out of their own zone. His initial shot rang the inside of the far post and popped back out to him on the left circle, but it was his second shot that was in question as it hit a Clarkson defender in the stomach who was seemingly over the goal line. After official review it was ruled no goal and play continued with Clarkson in front 2-1.

The Golden Knights took a 3-1 lead with 26 seconds left in the second on a 4-on-4 goal from Brian Hurley.

Momentum quickly shifted back to the Saints to start the third, however, as Steinmetz scored just 46 seconds into the period to pull the Saints within one when he snuck in on the back side of Marotte and redirected a pass from Risteau for his first goal as a Saint.

Then, at the 5:01 mark, David Jankowski played the puck from behind the Clarkson goal and hit Suthers with a pass at the top of the crease for a quick shot five hole to bring St. Lawrence all the way back and tie the game at 3-3.

Before leaving the game, Mannella made six saves in the third period - none bigger than the robbery he pulled on Egle with the glove for his last of the night.

Friday marked the third time the Saints have gone to overtime this season, as they are now 0-2-1.

The last time St. Lawrence and Clarkson played an overtime game was in the ECAC Hockey postseason in March 2016 when Gavin Bayreuther scored in double overtime to help the Saints in the game and the series.

This time it was Clarkson with the OT heroics, as Anthony Callin beat Zetterquist on a rebound shot from out in front at 1:48 of the extra frame.

Clarkson outshot the Saints 36-26 on Friday night, including a 3-0 edge in shots in the overtime.

With the loss, the Saints fall to 2-4-1 on the season, while Clarkson improves to 4-2-1.

The rivals will return to Cheel Arena on Saturday night at 7 p.m. for a non-conference rematch.

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