POTSDAM, N.Y. – Sophomore Mark Naclerio (Milford, Conn.) and junior Massimo Lamacchia (Maple, Ontario) both notched second-period goals, but No. 14 Clarkson broke an even score with a power-play tally in the third period to edge the Brown men's hockey team, 3-2, Saturday evening at Cheel Arena.
Brown moves to 7-7-3 overall and 4-5-1 in ECAC action to break a six-game unbeaten stint, while the Golden Knights improve to 15-7-2 on the season and 8-2-0 in conference play.
Freshman Tyler Steel (Kelowna, British Columbia) made 31 saves in net for the Bears, while counterpart Steve Perry stopped 29 shots on the other end.
Clarkson opened with some heavy pressure on net and jumped out to an early lead on a goal by Allan McPherson at 2:48. McPherson fielded a pass from Jordan Boucher and tipped a shot past the lunge of Steel to give the home side the advantage, 1-0.
Brown was able to get more shots on net midway through the opening stanza, including back-to-back power plays, but could not generate a consistent attack during the prolonged stretch. Steel clamped down after the early goal and racked up 15 saves in the opening period, including a timely deflection on a shorthanded attempt to preserve the one-goal lead. Clarkson held a 16-13 edge in shots during the first period.
After a pair of penalties carried over into the second period to set up four-on-four play, the Bears took advantage of the open space, as Naclerio evened up the game at the 1:01 mark. Steel cleared the puck to senior Matt Wahl (Wellington, Fla.), who skated along the boards before sending a pass through the neutral zone to Naclerio for the open look from the left circle to tie it up, 1-1.
The Golden Knights responded with a breakaway goal by T.J. Moor at 10:09 to regain the lead a 2-1.
Once again, however, the Bears answered back as Lamacchia tied up the game at 16:46. Junior Matt Harlow (Bridgewater, Mass.) fought for position along the boards in the offensive zone and eventually dug the puck out of the corner. He then quickly found Lamacchia behind the net, allowing the fellow junior to skate in front of the cage for the backhanded tally, evening up the score at 2-2. Senior Garnet Hathaway (Kennebunkport, Maine) was also credited with an assist on the play.
Brown outshot the Golden Knights, 12-7, in the second frame.
The back-and-forth action continued into the third period, when Will Frederick notched a power-play goal at 5:45 to give the home side the advantage, 3-2.
Despite another Clarkson power play with just under three minutes remaining, the Bears killed off the penalty and even opened with a chance by junior Matt Lorito (Oakville, Ontario), but his shot went right into the chest of Perry. The Bears continued to fight and crashed the net with a flurry of shots in the waning seconds, but the Knights held on for the victory.
Clarkson outshot the Bears by a 34-31 margin in the contest.
Brown returns to action next weekend for a home-and-home series against No. 8 Yale. The teams face off at Brown's Meehan Auditorium on Friday, Jan. 24 and at Yale's Ingalls Rink on Saturday, Jan. 25. Both contests will start at 7 p.m. For tickets, purchase online, call the Brown Athletics Ticket Office at (401) 863-2773, or walk up to the Box Office located in the Pizzitola Sports Center, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.