Clarkson suffers let down in loss at Canisius

Clarkson suffers let down in loss at Canisius

BUFFALO, N.Y. - A pair of goals one minute apart early in the first period gave Clarkson the early momentum against Canisius, but the Golden Griffins stormed back with the next five goals and skated away for a 6-3 non-league victory at the HarborCenter in Buffalo, NY on Saturday night.

After completing a three-game road trip, the Golden Knights stand at 4-4 overall and will continue out-of-conference action next weekend when they host Michigan Tech from the WCHA in a two-game series at Cheel Arena.

After allowing just five goals combined in its previous four games, Clarkson surrendered its most goals since a 6-6 tie against Harvard on January 19. The Golden Griffins (4-4) dominated specialty teams play, going 4-of-6 on the power play and killing off all four of the Knights' man-advantage opportunities. Clarkson outshot Canisius 36-30.

For the eighth straight game, the Knights got on the scoreboard first when junior defenseman Jordan Schneider (Toronto, ONT) fired in a wrist shot from the left circle at 6:50, finishing off a cross-ice pass from senior Juho Jokiharju (Tampere, Finland).

One minute later senior co-captain Nico Sturm (Augsburg, Germany) completed a rush with a backhand shot from the right side for his team-high fifth goal and 10th point of the season. Senior defenseman Aaron Thow (Toronto, ONT) and junior goaltender Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) picked up assists.

After that it was all Canisius.

The Knights' two-goal lead did not last long as Dylan McLaughlin scored on a sharp-angle shot from the left boards at 8:39.  Cameron Heath tied the game at 11:41 with the Golden Griffins' first power-play score of the night

Sixty-two seconds into middle frame, Canisius connected again on the power-play as a shot from the point deflected off the skate of Lee Lapid and past Kielly to give the home team the lead.

Just over a minute later the Golden Griffins grabbed a 4-2 advantage on Austin Alger's goal at 2:22.

At 10:49, a power-play tally by Nick Hutchison gave the home team a 5-2 cushion.

Clarkson put an end to the Canisius run with junior defenseman Greg Moro's (Edmonton, ALB) second goal of the season at 17:39. Freshman blueline partner Brian Hurley (Dellwood, MN) and Sturm assisted

McLaughlin closed out the game with the lone goal of the third period, another power-play marker, to give Canisius the convincing three-goal home victory.

Kielly finished with 12 saves on 17 shots through 31 minutes of play. Sophomore Nicholas Latinovich (Maple, ONT) turned aside 12 of the 13 shots he face in 28 minutes of action.