Clarkson Drops Game Against RPI

Clarkson Drops Game Against RPI

Bidding for its third win of the season over Rensselaer, the Clarkson University Hockey team came up short on Saturday, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Engineers before 2,815 fans at Cheel Arena.

The Golden Knights, who lost to Union, 6-2 on Friday, are winless in their last four games (0-3-1) and fall below the .500 mark at 11-12-4 overall. The Knights are in seventh place in the ECAC Hockey standings at 6-7-2 in league play. Clarkson hosts St. Lawrence next Saturday to close out a three-game home stand.

For the fifth straight game Clarkson scored first and for the seventh consecutive game the Green and Gold connected for a power-play goal, but it was not enough for the Knights to gain a win at home.

RPI (5-22-1, 3-12), scored late in the first and early in the third to gain just their second road win of the season. The Engineers held a 13-12 shot advantage through 40 minutes, but Clarkson forced the play in the third period, outshooting the visitors 14-4 in the final frame.

Postgame audio Head Coach Casey Jones

Clarkson continued its recent success on the power play to take a 1-0 lead. Senior Jordan Boucher (St. Therese, QUE) tallied with 12 seconds remaining on the Knights' second man-advantage opportunity of the period, at 11:34, lifting in a cross crease pass from freshman Nico Sturm (Augsburg, Germany). Freshman Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE) also assisted on Boucher's 10th goal of the season. For the Knights that was their 10th power-play marker in the past seven games.

With 1:48 remaining in the opening frame, RPI tied the score on a goal by Jake Wood from the bottom of the right circle.

After a scoreless second period, the Engineers came through with the deciding goal when Riley Bourbonnais gathered in a puck that bounced over a Clarkson defenseman's stick and fired in a shot from along the boards for a power-play tally at 9:40.

The Knights pulled freshman goaltender Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) for the extra attacker with 1:18 to play, but could not come up with the equalizer.

Kielly finished with 15 saves. Chase Perry posted 25 stops for RPI.

Clarkson was 1-of-3 on the power play, while the Engineers were 1-4 with the man-advantage.

The Knights defeated RPI 5-2 in Troy and 6-1 in Lake Placid earlier in the season.