Wisconsin Quells Clarkson Comeback
With a three-goal rally Clarkson had its sights set upon another victory at Wisconsin, but the 6th-ranked Badgers held off the Golden Knights and scored the winning goal with 6.1 seconds remaining in regulation to hand the Green and Gold a 4-3 loss at the Kohl Center in Madison on Saturday.
Twelfth-ranked Clarkson, which shut out Wisconsin 4-0 on Friday, stands at 3-2-1. The Golden Knights host St. Lawrence in a two-game, non-league series at Cheel Arena this coming weekend.
The Knights trailed 3-0 at 7:08 of the second period before staging the comeback bid. Sophomore Adam Tisdale (Cochrane. ALB) started the Green and Gold rally seconds after the Badgers' third goal. Captain Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE) tallied twice in the third to force the 3-3 tie with 72 seconds left in regulation.
Much like Friday night, Wisconsin was the team that had the better play in the opening 10:00. However, the Golden Knights weathered the storm, including giving up the first 11 shots. The game's next 10 shots belonged to the Green and Gold. Neither team was able to put the puck in the net through the opening 20 minutes, even though both skated on a power play.
The second period saw the floodgates open up from the get-go.
Wisconsin scored three times in the first 7:08. Roman Ahcan, Cole Caufield and K'Andre Miller all connected for goals and Clarkson found itself down quickly.
Immediately after the third score, the Golden Knights got right back into the contest. Senior defenseman Greg Moro (Edmonton, ALB) whipped a pass through the neutral zone to the Wisconsin defensive blue-line where freshman Mathieu Gosselin (Quebec City, QUE) tapped it forward for sophomore Nick Campoli (Toronto, ONT). Campoli then went across the ice to the left circle for Tisdale who rifled a wrist into the net to make the contest 3-1 Badgers.
Clarkson continued to buzz and had several opportunities to get another score, but Badger goalie Daniel Lebedeff made a couple of strong saves to keep the Wisconsin lead at 3-1 after the second stanza.
A furious rally led to a third-period celebration. At 10:49, Brosseau crashed the crease for a loose puck and pushed home a rebound to move the Knights to 3-2. Senior Haralds Egle (Liepaja, Latvia) picked up the secondary assist as it was his original shot on net that caused the rebound, which was then put back by sophomore Josh Dunne (O'Fallon, MO) who picked up the primary helper.
With less than two minutes left and goaltender Frank Marotte (Longueuil, QUE) on the bench for the extra attacker, the offense got rolling again.
Clarkson was able to win some puck battles below the goal line to keep pressure going. Egle spotted Brosseau in the right circle from behind the net. Brosseau snapped a shot under the cross bar. A video review confirmed the puck hit the back bar of the net and the game was tied at three at 18:48.
The celebration quickly turned to heartache, though.
A faceoff to the glove side of Lebedeff was controlled by the Badgers and they were able to move through center. Ahcan got to the inside and put a shot on to Marotte. Forward Owen Lindmark scored on the rebound with only 6.1 seconds remaining. The goal withstood a challenge for goalie interference and Wisconsin claimed a 4-3 victory.
The Badgers outshot the Knights 41-34. For the sixth time this season, Marotte finished with over 30 saves, turning aside 37 Wisconsin shots.
Both teams were 0-of-3 on the power play.