#1-Ranked Yale pulls away for win over Clarkson
The final score might not indicate it, but the Clarkson University Hockey team gave #1-ranked Yale University all it could handle Friday night in New Haven, CT before the Bulldogs pulled away with a late flurry of goals to gain a 5-2 ECAC Hockey victory at Ingalls Rink.
The Golden Knights, who stand at 11-9-2 overall and are in a three-way tie for seventh-place in the league standings with a 5-4-1 ECAC Hockey mark, play at Brown University in Providence on Saturday, beginning at 4:00 p.m.Clarkson twice overcame one-goal deficits against the top-rated Bulldogs, tying the score 2-2 early in the third period on junior Julien Cayer’s (Longueuil, QUE) first goal of the season. Cayer tallied moments after a Clarkson power play came to an end, finishing off assists from freshmen Will Frederick (Allison Park, PA) and Jarrett Burton (Echo Bay, ONT) at 1:37.
Boasting the most potent offense in college hockey, Yale (16-2, 10-1) answered back with three straight goals to post the win, improving their record at home to 11-0. Kenny Agostino put the Bulldogs on top 3-2 at 8:44. Yale then struck twice in the final minute to seal the victory. Denny Kearney scored into an empty net at 19:13 and then with one second left Chris Cahill tallied his second goal of the game.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 11:24 with Brian O’Neill’s goal at 11:24, but the Knights came back with junior Nick Tremblay’s sixth goal of the season, a power-play marker at 16:24. Classmate Corey Tamblyn (Bobcaygeon, ONT) and sophomore defenseman Nik Pokulok (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QUE) assisted.
Cahill put Yale on top 2-1 with a shorthanded goal, the first allowed by the Knights this season, at 17:18 of the first.
Despite seven power-play opportunities in the middle frame (four by Yale and three by Clarkson) the score remained 2-1 after 40 minutes.
Yale outshot Clarkson 33-23. Junior Paul Karpowich (Thunder Bay, ONT) made 28 saves, while the Bulldogs Ryan Rondeau posted 21 stops.
The Knights finished 1-of-8 on the power play and held Yale’s high-scoring unit scoreless in seven man-advantage opportunities.