Clarkson earns key league point with 0-0 tie at Cornell
With a 0-0 tie at 17th-ranked Cornell the Clarkson University Hockey team earned a big point on the road in ECAC Hockey action at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, NY on Saturday night as senior Paul Karpowich (Thunder Bay, ONT) posted 32 saves.
The Golden Knights, who lost a tough 4-2 game at Colgate on Friday, stand at 8-6-4 overall and is 2-4-1 in ECAC Hockey. The Knights close out action before the upcoming exam/holiday break with two games against arch-rival St. Lawrence this week. The Knights battle the Saints in conference play in Canton on Tuesday and face off against St. Lawrence in non-league action on Saturday in Lake Placid.In his return to his alma mater as a first-year head coach, Casey Jones saw Clarkson play a discipline, defensive game against Cornell.
Karpowich backstopped the Green and Gold with another solid effort between the pipes, making nine first-period saves, 11 in the middle frame, 11 more in the third and one stop in the five-minute overtime session to record his fifth shutout of the year and seventh of his career. Karpowich picked up his first career shutout on January 31, 2009 with 27 saves in a 0-0 tie against the Big Red at Cheel Arena.
Cornell (7-3-1, 6-1-1) outshot the Knights 32-23, but Clarkson had the better of the play in overtime with a 3-1 shot margin. The Big Red’s Andy Iles posted his fifth consecutive shutout at Lynah with 23 saves, including 13 over the final 25 minutes.
Clarkson was 0-of-4 on the power play while the Big Red were 0-of-3 with the man-advantage.