Knights hand RPI first home loss, winning 3-2 in overtime
Junior Corey Tamblyn (Bobcaygeon, ONT) tallied the game’s last two goals, including the deciding score in overtime, as the Clarkson University Hockey team resumed ECAC Hockey play with a key 3-2 victory over 9th-ranked Rensselaer at Houston Field House in Troy, NY on Friday night.
The Golden Knights, who have won five consecutive league games, improved their ECAC Hockey record to 5-2-1 and stand at 11-7-2 overall after handing Rensselaer (11-5-3, 3-4) its first home loss of the season.Tamblyn completed his first career two-goal game when he scored off a rebound in front at 3:16 of the five-minute sudden- victory extra session. Senior Brandon DeFazio (Oakville, ONT) took a pass from behind the net from junior defenseman Mark Borowiecki (Kanata, ONT) and tried to jam in a shot at the right post. The puck bounced out to the top of the crease where Tamblyn knocked in his third goal of the season for the game-winner, snapping the Engineers' five-game unbeaten streak.
In a well played first period, Clarkson took a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal from Borowiecki at 16:30. Skating on their third man-advantage of the stanza, the Knights connected when Borowiecki picked up a rebound in the slot of a shot from the point by sophomore defenseman Andrew Himelson (Monroe, NY) and lifted in his second goal of the season. Sophomore Adam Pawlick (Utica, NY) started the play with a pass from the corner out to Himelson.
Benefiting from three power-play opportunities, Rensselaer controlled the second period, out-shooting the Green and Gold 11-7 in the stanza. The Engineers tied the contest midway through the period with Nick Bailen’s eighth goal of the year on a shot from the top of the right circle at 10:26.
Rensselaer went on top at 9:25 of the third with Josh Rabbani’s goal, but less than three minutes later, Clarkson tied the score. At 12:01, Tamblyn knocked in a rebound off a shot by Borowiecki.
Rensselaer, which went 0-of-5 on the power play, held a slight edge in shots 34-33, but the Knights dominated the overtime period, out-shooting the Engineers 4-0. Clarkson was 1-of-6 on the power play.
Junior Paul Karpowich (Thunder Bay, ONT) finished with 32 saves.
Clarkson, which is 11-0-2 when scoring first, plays at 15th-ranked Union on Saturday. The Dutchmen improved their record at Messa Rink to 8-0-1 after defeating St. Lawrence 3-1 on Friday.