HAMILTON, NY – An energized second half by the Colgate men's hockey program fell short on Saturday evening at Class of 1965 Arena as No. 9/10 Clarkson recorded a narrow 2-1 win in ECAC Hockey action.
Clarkson saw the quicker of the starts and its early efforts paid off with just 5:44 remaining in the first period. A long pass up the ice found a Golden Knight at the crease and the visitors earned a 1-0 lead that stood through the conclusion of the period.
Colgate created quality chances in the second period and kept majority of play to the Clarkson zone. The Raiders consistently peppered the Clarkson netminder even through a solid 2:00 of power play action and ultimately generated 12 shots on goal in the stanza.
With just 1:42 remaining in the second period, Clarkson notched the deciding goal with a shot inside the near post. Not discouraged, the Raiders came out with continued offensive pressure for the third period looking to narrow its two-goal deficit.
In a game where Clarkson started with a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal, it shifted over the course of the night until Colgate held a 21-13 edge midway through the third period. As the clock on regulation ticked down, Colgate's Ben Sharf capitalized on a turnover to narrow it to a one-goal game with just 5:29 remaining.
Behind an extra attacker in the final minutes Colgate crashed the Clarkson net looking to force overtime. A puck was sent to the crease and rang the pipe before flying over the goal, but settled on top rather than in the net with just 35.4 to go. It would be the closest the Raiders would come to tying the game before No. 9/10 Clarkson sealed it in a 2-1 final.
COLGATE SCORING PLAYS
• Period 3 | 14:31 – As the Raiders entered the Clarkson zone, defenseman Paul Meyer sent the puck deep in the zone before Jeff Stewart won a battle along the boards. Stewart's toss to the slot was picked up by Ben Sharf and the winger slid the puck through the five hole to get Colgate on the board.
• In notching Colgate's lone goal, junior Ben Sharf earned his first of the season. The goal marks his first tally since playing Army on Dec. 2, 2017.
• After digging the puck out of the corner, freshman Jeff Stewart earned the first assist on Sharf's goal. It marks Stewart's second career assist and first since his first collegiate point against Princeton on Nov. 16, 2018.
• In following up his two-point performance on Friday night, junior Paul Meyer begins his second career point streak by posting the second assist on Sharf's tally. The two-game point streak ties his career-best and is his first since earning apples in back-to-back games Jan. 26-27, 2018 at Dartmouth and Harvard.
• Colgate held Clarkson to just four shots on goal in the second period while the Raiders had a dominant offense earning a game-high of 12. On the night, the Raiders held the nationally-ranked team to just a total of 22 shots on goal.
• The Raiders held a 32-28 edge in faceoff wins against the Golden Knights. It marks the 17th time in the season's 28 games that Colgate has earned more possessions in the circle than its opponent.
• Finding success in the circle, Stewart won six of seven attempted faceoffs on the night.
• The Raiders held their opponent scoreless on the power play for the 12th time this season as Clarkson went 0-for-2 with the man advantage.
THE BOTTOM LINE
• No. 9/10 Clarkson 2, Colgate 1
• Colgate holds an 8-18-2 record, and a 5-9-2 mark in ECAC Hockey action.
• Clarkson is 19-9-0 overall on the season, and is 10-6-0 in ECAC play.
COACH VAUGHAN'S TAKE
"I was pleased with our effort tonight. Our guys were committed to the game plan and executed it well. We went toe-to-toe with a very good hockey team. We are just not getting many bounces. There is a lot of parity in this league. We will keep working and battling hard like every other team in this league and we know if we do that, anything can happen."
Colgate continues ECAC Hockey action on the road next weekend as it travels to Ivy foes Yale and Brown. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. on both Feb. 15-16 before the Raiders return home to Class of 1965 Arena to host Union and RPI on Feb. 22-23.