Yale concludes season with loss at Clarkson

Yale concludes season with loss at Clarkson

POTSDAM, N.Y – Clarkson used three power-play goals to win game two of the ECAC Quarterfinal best-of-three series, 5-2, and put an end to Yale's season.

The Bulldogs (15-15-3) were tied at 2-2 after two periods but gave up a third-period flurry to end hopes of a third game. Yale was called for eight penalties, and the No. 11 Golden Knights cashed in on the advantages to sweep the series and advance to Lake Placid for the semifinals.

Clarkson (24-10-2), which is 14-3-1 at home this year, had the early jump in game one with the first seven shots on net, but Yale came out buzzing in game two with six of the first seven, aided by a trio of power-play chances. The Elis came close to finding the net on the first but could not grab the early lead.

Yale was called for six penalties over the first two periods and it cost the Bulldogs a pair of power-play goals and a 2-0 deficit.

The visitors were putting more shots on net than the tournament's No. 3 seed, but were not seeing any results, including five advantages.

That changed late in the second period. Yale broke through at 15:01 when Evan Smith won a draw in the Clarkson end to Ted Harton the left wall. The senior forward took it north of the dot and then released a low wrister that eluded Jake Kielly on the near post to cut the lead to 2-1.

Jack St. Ivany notched his second of the series to even things with 42 seconds left in the middle frame. Chandler Lindstrand fired a rocket from the left point that hit the left post and bounced off the goalie before sitting a few inches outside the goal line. The rookie blueliner was the closest to the puck and dove with his stick extended to knock it into the back of the net.

The Elis couldn't stay out of the box in the third either. Consecutive penalties resulted in a bunch of shots on net and Sam Tuckerwas weathering the storm, until a shot from Josh Dunne (at 6:17) on the second advantage found the net. However, that shot was not ruled a goal until the officials looked at video.

That tally opened the flood gates and the Knights poured in two more to put the game away.