Two late goals propel Clarkson to victory over Guelph

Two late goals propel Clarkson to victory over Guelph

With a pair of goals 39 seconds apart in the final two minutes of play, the Clarkson University Men's Hockey team earned a 4-3 victory over the University of Guelph in exhibition action before 2,239 fans at Cheel Arena Saturday night.

Ranked 17th in the preseason national polls, The Golden Knights will officially open the 2018-19 campaign at 16th-ranked Penn State with a two-game series this Thursday and Friday.

Sophomore Grant Cooper (Cornwall, ONT), who was playing in his first game since early December, led the Green and Gold with a two-goal outing. Senior Marly Quince (Sioux Lookout, ONT) also had a two-point night with an assist and the game-winning goal.

After missing the entire second half of last season with an injury, Cooper opened 2018-19 with a goal just 96 seconds in on a shot from the left side to give Clarkson a quick 1-0 lead. Senior linemates and Juho Jokiharju (Tampere, Finland) and Quince set up the goal.

The Gryphons outscored the Knights 3-1 in the middle frame to hold a 3-2 lead through 40 minutes.

Todd Winder put the visitors on the scoreboard at 2:49 of the second with a power-play marker, but Cooper with a wrist shot from the left circle put the Green and Gold back on top at 7:20. Freshman Jamie Collins (Fergus, ONT) and junior defenseman Greg Moro (Edmonton, ALB) assisted.

Guelph answered back with goals by Connor Branwell and Matt Kenney in a span of less than three minutes midway through the period to take a 3-2 lead into the final frame.

With 1:19 remaining sophomore Kevin Charyszyn (Jamison, PA) took a pass from classmate, defenseman Connor McCarthy (LaSalle, QUE), skated down the left wing,  behind the net and out to the left circle where he fired in a quick wrist shot to tie the game with a power-play, extra attacker goal. Freshman defenseman Brian Hurley (Dellwood, MN) also assisted.

With 40 seconds remaining, Quince came through with the game-winner, redirecting a shot from the point by freshman defenseman Michael Underwood (Bloomfield Hills, MI). Freshman Nick Campoli (Toronto, ONT) also assisted.

Clarkson outshot Guelph 25-20.

Junior Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) started in goal for the Knights and posted 11 saves on 13 shots before leaving midway through the contest. Sophomore Nicholas Latinovich (Maple, ONT) played the final 30 minutes and turned aside six of seven shots.

Clarkson was 1-of-7 on the power play and killed off three of Guelph's four man-advantage chances.