Clarkson Come Up Short at St. Lawrence

The first road loss of the season was a tough one for the Clarkson University Hockey team which suffered a 3-1 defeat at archrival, 19th-ranked St. Lawrence before 2,626 North Country fans at Appleton Arena in Canton, NY.

The Golden Knights, who have lost their last two games, both against Top 20-ranked foes, end the first semester with a 9-7-3 overall record and a 5-3-1 ECAC Hockey mark. Clarkson now goes on a 20-day break for exams and the Christmas Holiday before returning to play with a game against Hockey East foe Northeastern in Boston on January 30.

Postgame audio Head Coach Casey Jones

For the first time in nine games Clarkson did not grab the opening lead as St. Lawrence struck twice in the first period to grab a 2-0 advantage after the opening 20 minutes. The Saints' Nolan Gluchowski scored on a 5-on-3 man-advantage for the home team at 7:47. Michael Ederer made it 2-0 for St. Lawrence at 12:49.

The Saints made it 3-0 midway through the second period when St. Lawrence's leading scorer, Mike Marnell, got behind the Clarkson defense and finished off a breakaway at 13:04.

Clarkson played its best over the final 20 minutes and finally got on the scoreboard midway through the third. At 11:18, the Knights' captain, senior defenseman James de Haas finished off an end-to-end rush with a wrist shot for his fourth goal of the season, a power-play tally, to give the Green and Gold life. Freshman goaltender Jake Kielly picked up the assist for his first career point.

The Knights pulled Kielly for the extra attacker and went on a power play late in regulation for a two-man advantage with under two minutes to play, but could not get any closer.

St. Lawrence outshot Clarkson 42-35. Kielly finished with 39 stops, while the Saints' Kyle Hayton made 34 saves.

Clarkson was 1-of-3 on the power play and killed off four of St. Lawrence's man-advantage opportunities.