O'Connor scores late winner, Dartmouth defeats No. 11 Clarkson

O'Connor scores late winner, Dartmouth defeats No. 11 Clarkson

POTSDAM, N.Y. – Freshman Drew O'Connor scored with 32.9 seconds left in regulation and Adrian Clark made 29 saves in 1-0 shutout win over No. 11 Clarkson Friday night at Cheel Arena.
 
For Clark, it was his fourth shutout of the season and the fifth of his career, all coming on the road. O'Connor's goal was his team-leading 10th of the season.
 
The result was just the third shutout of the Golden Knights (19-10-0, 10-7-0 ECAC) all-time in Potsdam for the Big Green (9-12-3, 8-7-2 ECAC) with the other two occurrences coming in 2005 (4-0) and 1949 (11-0).
 
Friday marked the 15th 1-0 win in the history of the program and the second of 2018-19. It had never happened twice in a season until now as Dartmouth has 1-0 wins at Colgate (Jan. 18) and at Clarkson this year.
 
This marked the second straight season that Dartmouth went on the road and beat a ranked Clarkson team after knocking of the then-second-ranked Golden Knights last year on the strength of a pair of Matt Baker goals. It was another freshman notching the winner this year with O'Connor finding the back of the net for the only marker of the game for either side.
 
The play started the defensive zone with Cam Roth moving the puck out of the corner to O'Connor who made an outlet pass to defenseman Clay Han breaking out. Han took the puck wide into the zone and sent a centering feed across the top of the paint where O'Connor tipped it in over netminder Jake Kielly's outstretched reach.
 
Clark did the rest, making two incredible saves in the third period, including denying the home team on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush and then again with a tremendous pad save in the waning seconds to seal the win.
 
Kielly was strong much of the night, continuing to frustrate Dartmouth skaters for the second straight game after he recorded a shutout in Hanover in January in the first meeting between the two teams this season. He finished the night with 23 saves, including 12 in the first period when the Green and White controlled play.
 
However, he allowed a goal on one of only three shots faced in the third as the Big Green escaped with a crucial pair of league points.
 
Dartmouth remains in the North Country, playing at Appleton Arena and taking on St. Lawrence. Game time between the ECAC Hockey foes is set for 7 p.m.