Zarbo brothers headline Clarkson's 5-3 win at St. Lawrence
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 12:14 am

The Zarbo name, which was so prominent on the score sheet in the Clarkson University Hockey team’s three wins last season over archrival St. Lawrence University, was once again at the forefront on Tuesday night as the Golden Knights defeated the Saints 5-3 in ECAC Hockey action at Appleton Arena in Canton.

Clarkson, which has now defeated its North Country neighbor in four consecutive games, improves its record to 9-6-4 overall and to 3-4-2 in ECAC Hockey. The Knights and St. Lawrence (5-10, 4-5) play again on Saturday in a non-league game in Lake Placid in part of Festivus Faceoff at Herb Brooks Arena.

Sophomore Matt Zarbo (Grand Island, NY) and his brother, freshman Joe Zarbo both scored one goal and one assist in the win on the road.

Matt Zarbo, who scored three goals last year against St. Lawrence, connected for the game-winner on Tuesday. Late in regulation and with the Saints buzzing after scoring two straight goals to tie the game, Matt Zarbo tallied with 3:04 remaining, knocking in a loose puck in front for his third goal of the season. Joe Zarbo started the play with a rush down the right wing. Junior Adam Pawlick (Utica, NY) picked up his second assist of the game.

Sophomore Will Frederick (Allison Park, PA), who finished with a three-point game, closed out the scoring with his second goal of the contest, an empty-net, power-play tally at 19:52. Freshman defenseman Kevin Tansey (Hammond, ONT) earned the assist.

Clarkson came out strong and dominated the opening 20 minutes, grabbing a 2-0 first-period lead. Just 56 seconds in, Joe Zarbo took a behind-the-net pass from his brother, Matt at the left circle and wristed in a hard shot under the crossbar for his third goal of the season. Pawlick also assisted.

At 10:21, the Knights made it 2-0 when senior Corey Tamblyn (Bobcaygeon, ONT) fed a pass in front to Frederick, who scored on a low shot for his first goal of the year. Freshman defenseman James Howden (Edgeley, SASK) also assisted.

The Saints picked up their play to start the second and got on the scoreboard 1:17 into the period when Chris Martin stuffed in a shot between Clarkson senior goaltender Paul Karpowich (Thunder Bay, ONT) and the right post. St. Lawrence, with two power-play opportunities in the contest, continued to pressure, but Karpowich regained his top form and kept the home team off the scoreboard for the remainder of the period making 14 saves in the stanza.

The Knights regained momentum midway through the period and went back up by two goals. At 11:10, Tamblyn jammed in a loose puck at the top of the crease after a strong rush to the Saints’ net by Frederick.

St. Lawrence battled back early in the third and tied the game 3-3 on goals by Jordan Dewey and Mark Armstrong at 5:35 and 11:45, respectively.

The Saints outshot the Green and Gold 31-28, but suffered their fourth straight loss as Karpowich finished with 28 saves. Matt Weninger posted 23 stops. The Knights were 1-of-3 on the power and killed off all five of St. Lawrence’s man-advantage opportunities.