No. 11 Clarkson Downs Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mi - Career-first goals, second efforts and another strong goaltending performance powered 11th-ranked Clarkson University to a 3-1 victory in Ann Arbor over Michigan at Yost Ice Arena on Saturday. The win gives the Golden Knights a 1-0-1 record after the opening series of the season. The Golden Knights and Wolverines skated to a 1-1 overtime tie in Friday's season opener.
The opening period once again featured teams trading penalties and scoring chances. However, it would be a first-time goal getter who dented the twine.
Sophomore Adam Tisdale's (Cochrane, ALB) second whack at a puck in the slot shot past Michigan goalie Strauss Mann to give Clarkson a 1-0 advantage at 11:46. Classmates Brian Hurley (Dellwood, MN) and Nick Campoli (Toronto, ONT) contributed the assists on Tisdale's first career goal.
There was no scoring in the middle period in spite of two Michigan power plays.
A second first-time scorer gave Clarkson a two-goal lead when freshman Anthony Romano (Richmond Hill, ONT) deflected home a shot-pass from sophomore Josh Dunne (O'Fallon, MO) at 3:36 of the third stanza. The play happened when Romano was able to chip the puck deep into the Wolverines zone and Dunne read the clearing attempt. Dunne angled off a Michigan back checker to intercept a loose puck. The assistant captain then fired it towards the net where Romano parked himself. Romano deflected the puck past Mann to give Clarkson a 2-0 edge.
Nick Pastjov would bring the Wolverines to within one on a power play 2:57 later when a Jake Slaker shot hit Pastjov and bounced past Clarkson netminder Frank Marotte (Longueuil, QUE) for a power-play goal.
The Green and Gold put the contest away at 14:38 when junior Grant Cooper (Cornwall, ONT) dashed through center, went wide on the left wing and cut towards Michigan's net. He fanned on the first shot attempt then reached back for a backhanded shot which found its way past Mann to give Clarkson a third goal, making the final 3-1. Dunne picked up his second assist of the evening.
Michigan was 1-5 on the power play while Clarkson failed to score on four chances.
Marotte was very solid again, making 36 stops. Mann posted 26.
Clarkson opens the home portion of the schedule next weekend at Cheel Arena hosting Hockey East foes, Vermont on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Providence on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.