POTSDAM, NY -- With 42.5 seconds remaining in regulation freshman centerJosh Dunne (O'Fallon, MO) found a bouncing puck just outside the crease and knocked in Clarkson's second goal of the night to earn a 2-2 tie with Cornell before 3,303 fans at Cheel Arena on Saturday.
Undefeated in its last five games (3-0-2) to close out the regular season, the Golden Knights finished in third place in the 12-team ECAC Hockey standings with a 13-7-2 league mark. With the top-four finish, Clarkson earns a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs and will have the week off before returning to action with a conference quarterfinal series on March 15-17 at Cheel Arena.
Ranked 13th in the national polls entering the weekend, the Green and Gold, who defeated Colgate 3-2 on Friday, own a 22-10-2 overall record.
Clarkson, which outshot Cornell 35-14, scored first, but had trouble capitalizing on its opportunities and found itself trailing 2-1 in the final minute of the third period.
With junior goaltender Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) pulled for the extra attacker with just over two minutes to play, the Knights won a face off deep in the Big Red zone and controlled the puck for nearly a minute before getting a couple of good shots off. Junior defenseman Greg Moro (Edmonton, ALB) fired a shot on net from the point that was blocked. The puck came back out to classmate, co-captain Nico Sturm (Augsburg, Germany) at the top of the right circle. Strum's shot was also blocked in front, but Dunne was able to control the bouncing puck and knocked in a shot from the slot that beat Cornell goaltender Matthew Galajda for his 12th goal of his rookie campaign. Sturm picked up his 99th career point on the goal that ended Cornell's bid for the Cleary Cup.
Junior Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE) put the Knights on the scoreboard first with a power-play tally at 9:57 of the opening period. Sophomore Jack Jacome (Caledon, ONT) found Brosseau alone in the slot with a quick pass from the bottom of the left circle and the Knights' co-captain buried his shot for his 10th goal of the season and team-high fifth power-play marker on the year. Freshman Anthony Callin (Middleton, WI) also earned an assist with hard work in the corner to free the puck to Jacome.
Cornell scored twice in a span of 2:02 early in the second period to take a one-goal lead through 40 minutes.
Mitch Vanderlaan scored at the backdoor on the Big Red's first power play of the night, finishing off a nice feed from Yanni Kaldis at 5:19.
During a scramble in front at 7:21, Michael Regush pushed one past Kielly to give the visitors the lead through two periods.
Clarkson was 1-of-4 on the power play, while Cornell went 1-of-3 with the man-advantage.