Knights Suffer First Loss of Season with Setback Against Providence

Knights Suffer First Loss of Season with Setback Against Providence

The early season unbeaten streak ended for 9th-ranked Clarkson University as 12th-ranked Providence downed the Golden Knights 4-2 before 3,186 fans at Cheel Arena on Saturday night.

Clarkson, which defeated Vermont 3-2 on Friday, stands at 2-1-1 overall and will play a pair at the University of Wisconsin next weekend.

The Golden Knights trailed from the start against the Friars (3-1), an NCAA Frozen Four participant last year.

Providence, which defeated St. Lawrence 6-0 on Friday night, opened the scoring early in the first period when a shot by Tyce Thompson from behind the goal line got by Clarkson goaltender Frank Marotte (Longueuil, QUE) at 5:12.

Just over four minutes later, freshman Anthony Romano (Richmond Hill, ONT) connected for a power-play goal when his shot from the slot deflected off a stick in front and sailed up and over Providence goaltender Michael Lackey at 9:00. Junior Zach Tsekos (Montreal, QUE) and sophomore defenseman Brian Hurley (Dellwood, MN) set up the score.

The Friars regained the lead with 2:29 remaining in the first period on Thompson's second goal of the night.

The visitors took a two-goal lead early in the middle frame off a shot from the point by Cam McDonald that found its way through traffic and past Marotte at 3:13.

The Green and Gold pulled to within one at 9:33 of the third with a power-play score by sophomore Assistant Captain Josh Dunne (O'Fallon, MO), who jammed in a loose puck at the top of the crease. Junior defenseman Connor McCarthy (LaSalle, QUE) picked up the primary assist when his shot from the left circle bounced off the post to Dunne in front. Senior Captain Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE) also assisted.

Providence sealed the game with a power-play tally by Parker Ford at 16:58.

The Friars held a 34-26 shot advantage. Marotte posted 30 saves, while Lackey made 24.

Clarkson went 2-of-3 on the power play against a Providence team that entered the game a perfect 12-for-12 on the penalty kill. The Friars were 1-of-3 with the man-advantage.