Harvard's Quick Start Stalls Clarkson Plans
Three goals in the first 13 minutes by Harvard put Clarkson in an early hole and the Golden Knights could not recover as the Crimson skated to a 5-2 victory at Cheel Arena on Friday night. Ranked 5/6th in the national polls, Clarkson saw its season-long win streak end at five games as it suffered a loss for the first time since January 25. The Knights stand at 22-7-2 overall and slip to second place in the ECAC Hockey standings with 15-4 league mark. Clarkson hosts Dartmouth Saturday on Senior Night in the final regular season home game at Cheel Arena. The Green and Gold, who have already clinched a first round bye in the upcoming playoffs, will host a quarterfinal series in Potsdam on March 13-15. Harvard controlled Friday's game from the start, outshooting the Knights 7-0 through the first six minutes and built a 3-0 lead before the game was 13 minutes old. Just 10 seconds into the first power play of the game, the Crimson's Jack Drury tapped in a puck that got behind Clarkson goaltender Frank Marotte (Longueuil, QUE) off a shot from the top of the slot by Jack Rathbone at 2:45. At 4:49, Jack Donato snuck in a wraparound shot, and at 12:48 Jack Badini made it 3-0 for the visitors. Clarkson would get on the scoreboard early in the middle frame when sophomore Anthony Callin (Middleton, WI) finished off a pass by senior defenseman Shane Kuzmeski (Grayslake, IL) with a perfect backhand shot just under the cross bar at 1:48 for his third goal of the season. Senior blueliner Greg Moro (Edmonton, ALB) also assisted. The momentum did not last long for the Knights as Henry Thrun scored at 4:51 to put Harvard up 4-1. That goal also put an end to Marotte's string of playing every minute in the Knight's crease. Junior Kris Oldham (Anchorage, AK) came on in relief and played the final 34 minutes, becoming the only other Clarkson goaltender to see action this season. Down by three goals late in the third period, Clarkson pulled Oldham for the extra attacker with over three minutes to play. The Crimson, however, spoiled the comeback attempt with an empty-net score by Donato with 2:30 remaining in the game. The Knights got one back at 18:28 with sophomore Chris Klack's (Georgetown, ONT) goal, but it was too little too late for the Green and Gold. Clarkson ended up with a 37-35 advantage in shots, but Harvard held a 3-20 margin through the first 20 minutes. Marotte made 15 saves on 19 shots, while Oldham turned aside all 15 shots he faced. Clarkson was 0-of-3 on the power play, while Harvard was 1-of-3.