Two-period lead does not hold up in Clarkson men's hockey team loss at Princeton
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 6:55 am

A productive night by freshman forwards Kevin Charyszyn (Jamison, PA) and Josh Dickinson (Georgetown, ONT) went by the wayside as Clarkson fell on the road Saturday night, losing to Princeton 4-3 at Hobey Rink in New Jersey.

The Golden Knights, who lost at Quinnipiac 4-1 on Friday, have gone 1-3-2 since mid-January to fall to 19-6-3 overall and to 11-3-2 in ECAC Hockey. Clarkson holds down second place in the league standings and is three points behind Cornell for the top spot with six games remaining in the regular season. The Green and Gold host the Big Red this coming Friday at Cheel Arena, followed by Colgate next Saturday.

One week after squandering a two-period lead against Brown in last Saturday's 2-2 tie, Clarkson experienced its first loss of the season when leading after 40 minutes. The Knights gave up a pair of goals to Princeton (10-10-3, 7-8-1) in a span of 1:36 midway through the final stanza to suffer the one-goal road loss, its fourth consecutive defeat at Hobey Baker Rink. The Knights entered the game with a 19-0-1 mark when leading through two periods.

Rookie linemates, Charyszyn and Dickinson both scored a goal and an assist to help the Knights build a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes.

Princeton, however, tied the game with David Hallisey's goal at 12:57 of the third and then won it with Reid Yochim's power-play marker at 14:33 to skate away with its fourth straight victory.

Sophomore Haralds Egle (Liepaja, Latvia) opened the game by finishing off a tic-tac-toe passing combination from senior defenseman Kelly Summers (Golden Lake, ONT) and sophomore Nico Sturm (Augsburg, Germany) for a power-play tally at 3:01 of the first.

The Tigers' leading goal scorer, Ryan Kuffner evened the score with his 14th goal of the season at 7:27. Princeton took its first lead of the night on a goal by Eric Robinson at 15:23.

Clarkson outscored the home team 2-0 in the middle frame to take a one-goal lead into the third period.

Dickinson deflected in a shot by Charyszyn for his 13th goal of the season, a power-play marker at 2:17. Sophomore defenseman Greg Moro (Edmonton, ALB) also assisted.

Charyszyn, who scored the Knights' lone goal at Quinnipiac on Friday, capitalized on a bang-bang play by linemates Dickinson and Jack Jacome (Caledon, ONT) to give the Green and Gold a 3-2 lead at 9:40.

Clarkson outshot Princeton 36-30. Sophomore Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) made 26 saves.

The Knights went 2-of-4 on the power play, while the Tigers were 1-of-3.