Clarkson Earns Fourth Straight Win at Vermont

Clarkson Earns Fourth Straight Win at Vermont

Coming off its championship win at the Desert Hockey Classic in Arizona last weekend, Clarkson University continued it surge into the New Year with a hard-fought 3-2 overtime victory at the University of Vermont on Sunday evening for its fourth straight victory.

Senior defenseman Aaron Thow (Toronto, ONT) connected for the game winner on a shot from between the circles with 18.7 seconds left in the five-minute sudden-victory session for his fifth goal of the season. Juniors Haralds Egle (Liepaja, Latvia) and defenseman Greg Moro (Edmonton, ALB), with his third assist of the game, set up the winner in the Knights first overtime action of the season.

Junior Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) made 19 saves on 21 shots by Vermont for his 50th career victory. 

Postgame audio Head Coach Casey Jones

For just the third time this season, Clarkson gave up the opening goal when Bryce Misley put a sharp angle shot off Kielly's  stick and into the net.  It was the first goal of the season for Misley and first of his career, coming at 4:49 of the first period. 

Clarkson would storm back, though.  Just a 1:45 later, Egle would tap a puck past Catamount goalie Stefanos Lekkas.  Moro and junior co-captain Nico Sturm (Augsburg, Germany) would draw the assists.  The helper for Sturm gives him points in 16 of the 18 games this season. 

The score was tied at one at the end of the first period.  Clarkson owned a 14-8 shots on goal advantage.

The Green and Gold dominated possession of the puck for much of the middle stanza, but only had one goal for their efforts. Sophomore John Carter MacLean (Basking Ridge, NJ) took a tip pass from senior Marly Quince (Sioux Lookout, ONT) and skated in two-on-one.  With his head up as he hit the top of the right circle, MacLean snapped a wrist shot past Lekkas at 3:25 to give Clarkson a 2-1 lead.  It was MacLean's second score of the season. 

Sturm appeared to add a third goal after fellow junior co-captain Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE) drew a Catamount penalty, however after review the officials ruled that Vermont touched the puck before Sturm and the goal was wiped off the board.  The Green and Gold would not convert on the man advantage.  Clarkson outshot UVM 12-4 in the middle frame. 

Clarkson's 2-1 lead would not stand through regulation, however.  Liam Coughlin poked in a puck at 12:57 of the third period. The home team outshot the Knights 8-3 on the period.

The score stood at two until late in the five-on-five overtime.  That's when Egle's work along the boards set up Thow for a wrist shot past Lekkas from the top of the circles.  For Thow, it's a career-high fifth goal and 13th point.  He now has 11 points in the last 12 contests.  Moro got the secondary assist for his third point of the afternoon, tying his career high.

Neither team converted a power play, the Knights going 0-of-3 and the Catamounts 0-of-2

The victory improved Clarkson to 12-6 on the campaign.  In each of the victories this season, the Golden Knights have scored at least three goals. 

Clarkson hops back into ECAC action this weekend hosting Union on Friday and RPI on Saturday night at Cheel Arena.  Each of the last 16 games in the regular season are ECAC affairs.  The Knights, at 3-3 in the conference, and St. Lawrence have played the fewest ECAC match-ups to date with just six each.