Special Teams Lift Clarkson Past Yale
Clarkson's specialty teams came up big on Friday night as the Golden Knights defeated Yale 3-1 in ECAC Hockey action at Cheel Arena. Boasting the best-combined special teams play in the nation, the Golden Knights went 2-of-6 on the power play and were perfect on the penalty kill, shutting down the Bulldogs on all four of their man-advantage chances, while also scoring a shorthanded marker. With its 10th home win of the season, Clarkson improves to 18-6-2 overall and holds down first place in the ECAC Hockey standings with an 11-3 league mark. The Knights host Brown on Saturday to close out a four-game home stand. The Knights' power play was clicking in the opening 20 minutes, striking twice on a pair of man-advantage opportunities to grab a quick 2-0 lead. Junior Jack Jacome (Caledon, ONT) started the scoring midway through first, connecting on a diagonal pass from the left point by senior defenseman Greg Moro (Edmonton, ALB). Jacome one-timed the pass from the bottom of the right circle at 10:23 for his sixth goal of the season. Sophomore defenseman Brian Hurley (Dellwood, MN) also assisted. At 3:07, sophomore Adam Tisdale (Cochrane, ALB) knocked in a rebound in front off a shot by freshman Mathieu Gosselin (Quebec City, QUE) for his sixth goal of the season and fourth of the New Year. Hurley picked up his second assist of the night. The Bulldogs forced a turnover at the Clarkson blueline late in the stanza and capitalized with Tyler Welsh's goal at 17:48. The number-one ranked penalty kill was put to the test in the middle frame against Yale and responded by killing off both of the visitors power plays in the period, allowing the Bulldogs just two shots on their man-advantages. Bidding to tie the game in third frame, Yale, with two more power plays, outshot the Green and Gold 11-7 over the final 20 minutes, but Frank Marotte (Lonqueuil, QUE) was on top of his game and shut down the visitors en route to a 24-save effort in the victory. With 3.2 seconds remaining in regulation and Clarkson on the penalty kill, junior Zach Tsekos (Montreal, QUE) won a faceoff in the neutral zone back to sophomore Josh Dunne (O'Fallon, MO) who scored into the empty net right before the final horn sounded for a shorthanded goal to seal the Knights' fifth straight win over Yale. Clarkson outshot Yale 28-25.