No. 1 Cornell downs No. 7 Clarkson; CU Draws Bye
After an early power-play goal the seventh-ranked Clarkson Golden Knights saw the top ranked Cornell Big Red pull away with five straight scores in route to a 5-1 victory at Lynah Rink on Saturday in Ithaca. Clarkson, which skated to a 1-1 tie at Colgate on Friday, ends the regular season with a 23-8-3 overall record and a second-place 16-5-1 ECAC Hockey mark. The Green and Gold are seeded second in the upcoming ECAC playoffs and have next week off with a bye as a top-four finisher in the 12-team conference. Clarkson will host an ECAC quarterfinals series at Cheel Arena, starting on March 13th. In the first period, the power play squads dominated the story. Clarkson would take the lead using the man-advantage at 5:25 when sophomore Adam Tisdale (Cochrane, ALB) one-timed a pass from the left corner courtesy of freshman Mathieu Gosselin (Quebec City, QUE). Gosselin quickly moved the puck from the corner in between the faceoff circles to allow Tisdale time to get the shot off. Sophomore defenseman Brian Hurley (Dellwood, MN) picked up the secondary assist. For Tisdale, the score was his second of the weekend and eighth of his season. The lead would not last long as Cornell tied the game with a power-play marker of its own at 8:39 by Ben Berard. Tristan Mullen gave the Big Red a 2-1 advantage at 14:44 with his ninth of the season, also on the power play and Cornell would take that lead to the locker room. Clarkson's Frank Marotte (Longueuil, QUE) stopped 12 shots in the period. Both teams had a couple of scoring chances in the second period, however neither was able to score. Marotte stopped all 14 shots sent his way (including a shorthanded breakaway), while Clarkson poured 10 onto Big Red goaltender Matthew Galajda. Cornell took over the contest with three scores in the third frame, two by Berard for the hat trick to make the final score 5-1. With the loss tonight and the tie on Friday, this was the first weekend of the entire season that Clarkson did not win at least one game. Cornell outshot the Knights 36-26. Clarkson was 1-of-5 on the power play, while the Big Red connected for three goals in seven man-advantage opportunities.