Clarkson pulls away, downs Princeton

Clarkson pulls away, downs Princeton
POTSDAM, NY -- With a pair of third-period goals Clarkson University was able to pull away from Princeton for a 3-1 ECAC Hockey victory before 3,081 fans at Cheel Arena on Saturday night.

The Golden Knights, who fell to 5th-ranked Quinnipiac 4-2 on Friday, stand at 18-8 overall and are in a fourth-place tie in the conference standings with a 9-5 league mark.

Ranked 10th in the national polls, Clarkson is back on the road next weekend, traveling to Central NY for the always-challenging series at Cornell and Colgate.

Junior co-captain Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE) and freshmen Chris Klack (Georgetown, ONT) and Josh Dunne(O'Fallon, MO) supplied the goals and junior Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) posted 23 saves as the Green and Gold snapped out of a four-game winless (0-3-1) stretch against the Tigers.

Princeton, which defeated the Knights 2-1 in overtime of the 2018 ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship in their last meeting, opened the scoring early. Just 88 seconds in Ryan Kuffner capitalized on a Clarkson turnover right in front of the Knights' crease and fired a shot past Kielly to give the visitors the early momentum.

Clarkson's power play looked sharp in its first showing of the game to tie the score late in the opening frame. Brosseau finished off a perfect pass across the slot by classmate Nico Sturm (Augsburg, Germany), lifting in his eighth goal of the season into an open net at 17:40. Junior Haralds Egle (Liepaja, Latvia) also assisted.

After weathering a sluggish second period when they were outshot 10-5, the Knights persevered over the final 20 minutes and battled for their 10th home win of the season.

At 14:34, Klack came through with his second goal of the weekend and third of his career when he tipped in a shot from the blueline by Sturm for the game-winner.

With 39 seconds remaining and the Knights on the penalty kill, Dunne picked up a loose puck at center ice after a clear by junior defenseman Greg Moro (Edmonton, ALB) and buried the puck into the back of an empty-net for the ninth goal of his rookie campaign, and empty-net tally to seal the win.

Both teams had 24 shots on goal. Clarkson was 1-of-2 on the power play and killed off all three of Princeton's man-advantage opportunities.