Saints Battle No. 11 Clarkson to OT Again, Fall 3-2
POTSDAM - For the second night in a row, the St. Lawrence University men's hockey team came back twice against No. 11 Clarkson to tie the game and force overtime, but the Golden Knights prevailed early in the extra frame once again, winning 3-2 at Cheel Arena. Keenan Suthers extended his goals streak to three games with the first St. Lawrence tally of the night, while Kaden Pickering added the second just nine seconds into the third period. With an assist on the Pickering goal, Zach Risteau also extended his points streak to four games, while Tim Makowski earned his first collegiate point with the secondary helper. Rookie Francis Boisvert finished with a career-high 40 saves in the pipes on Saturday, including 15 in the third period. Clarkson took a 1-0 lead on a power play goal at 4:45 of the first period when a shot from Josh Dunne, which was initially stopped by the Saints' netminder, ricocheted off the back of a defender in front and trickled over the line just inside the post. That lead held until the 7:53 mark of the middle frame when Suthers tipped a shot from firs-year Aleksi Peltonen in the high slot and beat Clarkson's Frank Marotte just under the bar on the glove side to tie the game at 1-1. Later in the frame, Clarkson regained its one-goal lead off a wrister from Anthony Romano, as he cycled high in the zone before beating Boisvert high on the glove side at 11:37 of the second to make it a 2-1 game through 40 minutes. Much like Friday night, the Saints didn't waste any time in the third period, as they needed just nine seconds for Risteau and Pickering to connect on a two-on-one and for the Madrid, New York native to tie the game at 2-2 with his third of the season. The Saints had to kill two penalties in the latter half of the third period, including 1:34 of a 4-on-3 situation for Clarkson when Makowski was assessed a penalty for holding with the teams skating four aside after matching minors to Suthers and Clarkson's Greg Moro. The teams combined for 26 penalty minutes on Saturday, with St. Lawrence finishing 0-for-4 with the man advantage. Clarkson finished 1-for-5. With 5.6 to play in the third period, Suthers had a bid on a spinning backhanded from the lower left circle, but was stopped by Marotte with the right pad to keep the game tied at 2-2. Marotte finished with 23 saves for the Golden Knights. Suthers also had a chance to open the overtime, as he, Pickering and Risteau broke into the Clarkson zone 3-on-2 and had another chance at a tip in tight on Marotte, but it went just wide of the left post as play continued. Then, at the 1:29 mark of the overtime, Devin Brosseau redirected a shot at the edge of the blue paint behind Boisvert for the game winner to give Clarkson its second overtime win over the Scarlet and Brown in as many nights. With the loss, the Saints fall to 2-5-1 overall on the year with a 0-3-1 record in overtime games. Meanwhile, Clarkson improves to 5-2-1. The Saints will open their ECAC Hockey schedule on the road next weekend with games against RPI and Union on Friday and Saturday night, respectively, in the Capital District.
BROCKPORT EDGES POTSDAM
POTSDAM, N.Y.-The College at Brockport (2-0, 2-0 SUNYAC) scored two power-play goals in the third period to rally past the SUNY Potsdam men's hockey team (0-1-1, 0-1-1) 3-2 on Saturday night. Sophomore forward Rob Clerc (Wappinger Falls, N.Y./Oswego State) and senior assistant captain Tyler Young (Massena, N.Y./Kanata Lasers) each scored for the Bears. Golden Eagle junior forward Ryan Romeo (Fairport, N.Y./New Hampshire Monarchs) opened the scoring on a shot from the slot at 5:49. Clerc evened the score at 11:59. He dug the puck out of scrum along the boards and sent it to senior assistant captain Sean Winikates (Phoenix, Ariz./Philadelphia Jr. Flyers) at the right point. Winikates fired and Clerc tipped the puck over the left pad of Brockport senior goalie Matt Schneider (Manlius, N.Y./Florida Eels) to tie the score. The score was still even at the break. The teams traded 34 penalty minutes in the second period, but nothing changed until the end. After Brockport was called for a cross-check at 19:08, the Bears power play went back to work. With five seconds left, Clerc found Young in the slot for a one-timer that gave Potsdam a 2-1 lead. The third period saw 23-more penalty minutes and it was a key factor in the contest's outcome. A tripping penalty gave Brockport its sixth power play and senior forward Doc Gentzler (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Hartford Jr. Wolfpack) made the most of it at the 3:17 mark to tie the score. Just over a minute later, Potsdam went to the box for a boarding call and at 4:50, freshman defenseman Anthony Hora (Clarence, N.Y./Buffalo Jr. Sabres) made it 3-2 on a rocket from the right point. After the goal, the Potsdam skillfully killed off a five-minute major and then had two final power plays to try to even the score. After Brockport killed the first, they were called for a roughing penalty with 1:39 to go. The Bears called timeout and pulled sophomore goalie Michael Paglucca (North Reading, Mass./New Hampshire Avalanche) for an extra attacker. However, the Golden Eagles were able to hang on and close out the win. Paglucca finished with 25 saves and Schneider stopped 32 shots for the victory. Potsdam outshot Brockport 34-28 and was 1-for-6 on the power play. The Golden Eagles finished 2-for-8. The Bears hit the road for Central New York next weekend. They face SUNY Cortland at 7 p.m. on Friday and No. 6 Oswego State at 7 p.m. on Saturday.