HANOVER, NH -- After a tough overtime loss at Harvard last night Clarkson University battled back with hard-earned 2-0 win at Dartmouth to close out a demanding four-game road trip.
Winners of nine of its last 10 games, Clarkson, which entered the weekend ranked 9/10th in the national polls, improves to 17-7 overall and moves into a third-place tie in the ECAC Hockey standings, just one point out of first. The Golden Knights, who fell 4-3 in overtime at Harvard on Friday, return to Cheel Arena next weekend hosting Quinnipiac and Princeton.
Postgame audio Head Coach Casey Jones
Junior Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) recorded his fifth shutout of the season and 16th career whitewash with a 31 save effort, including 16 over the final 20 minutes.
Junior Haralds Egle (Liepaja, Latvia) and sophomore defenseman Connor McCarthy (LaSalle, QUE) provided the offense to help the Green and Gold win their fifth game of the season on an opponent's home ice.
Once against the Knights got the scoring stared early. Egle took a pass from sophomore linemate Jack Jacome (Caledon, ONT) and ripped a wrist shot over the blocker of Dartmouth goaltender Adrian Clark at 5:10 of the first period. The goal for Egle gives him 11 on the campaign and four goals and six assists in the last eight games. The assist extends Jacome's scoring streak to five consecutive games.
Kielly made sure Clarkson took a 1-0 advantage to the locker room at the intermission as he made a good glove save on Carl Hesler on a breakaway chance late in the stanza.
Clarkson outshot Dartmouth 9-8 in the first 20 minutes and controlled the faceoffs, 15-6.
In the middle frame, Dartmouth had the better of the shots; outshooting Clarkson 7-6 with multiple scoring chances. However, Kielly again stood strong, withholding the Big Green offense and keeping Clarkson ahead 1-0 at the end of 40 minutes.
Kielly continued to be the story of the third period as Dartmouth poured 16 shots on the Golden Knight goalie.
Clarkson went on its only power play of the weekend at 13:33, and while the Golden Knights could not muster much during the advantage, Clarkson was able to set up late in the offensive zone. Freshman defenseman Brian Hurley(Dellwood, MN) found junior co-captain Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE) open in the right corner. Brosseau then floated a pass to the left circle and McCarthy buried a one-timer past Clark for his fourth goal of the season. It was not a power-play score, coming at 15:37, but the play was a carbon copy of the goal McCarthy scored at Brown last week. McCarthy now has points in four of the last five games. Brosseau's assist gives him points in six consecutive games and eight of ten.
Dartmouth outshot Clarkson 31-21, however Clarkson was able to win the faceoff match up, 36-26, which was key to the road win.
Kielly, who leads all active NCAA goaltenders in career shutouts, posted eight first-period saves, seven more in the middle frame and 16 stops in the third period for his second consecutive Saturday night shutout on the road. He also blanked Brown 4-0 in Providence last weekend behind 20 saves.