Jan. 17, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI - Trailing, 3-1, heading into the final period, Clarkson (5-13-4, 3-6-1) scored twice in the final 4:38 of play and then 2:31 into overtime to earn a 4-3 victory over the Brown men's hockey team (1-12-4, 1-7-3) Saturday afternoon at Meehan Auditorium.
The two teams played a furiously-paced first period, which featured back-and-forth action, a goal a piece from each team and several game-saving stops from Brown freshman Mike Clemente (Great Falls, VA).
The Golden Knights grabbed a 1-0 lead at 11:07 of the first period when Adam Bellows picked up the rebound of a wide shot from Nick Tremblay and fired it past a diving Clemente from the bottom of the right face-off circle.
Just 2:21 after the goal, Clarkson went up on the power-play, but senior Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA) tied the game at 1-1 at 14:41 when got around two defenders in the neutral zone and buried his short-handed break-away, beating Paul Karpowich top-shelf for his team-leading sixth goal of the year.
The Golden Knights nearly took a 2-1 lead just 37 seconds after the goal, but Clemente made back-to-back saves on Chris D'Alvise, the second of which came while he was lying on his stomach and got his glove out just in time to cover the puck.
Junior Aaron Volpatti (Revelstoke, BC) then nearly made it a 2-1 game in favor of Brown at 18:01, but his strong shot from the top of the right face-off circle, which appeared to have been saved by Karpowich, but then trickled into the goal, was disallowed after it was ruled that the referee had blown the whistle just prior to the puck trickling in.
The Golden Knights earned possession on the ensuing face-off and Matt Beca raced into the Bears' zone on a break-away, only to be denied by Clemente, who kept the score tied at 1-1.
The Bears scored two goals in a span of 1:24 late in the second period to open up a 3-1 lead heading into the final 20 minutes of play. Freshman Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) scored the first at 14:06 after a long shift for the Bears. He intercepted a Clarkson pass in the Brown zone and skated in on a two-on-one break with classmate Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) on his right. Buvinow opted to keep the puck and took a wrist shot from the left face-off circle that deflected off the far post and in.
Brown went up on its first power-play of the game at 15:18 and just 11 seconds into the man-advantage, Vokes scored his second of the day off assists from Volpatti and Buvinow to give Brown a 3-1 lead.
Junior Jordan Pietrus (Vermilion, ALB) nearly gave Brown a 4-1 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the game when he collected the puck off a miscue behind the net by Karpowich and fired it back on goal. However, Karpowich was able to slide back towards the goal just in time to kick the puck away.
The Golden Knights made it a one-goal game with 4:38 remaining when Bryan Rufenach took the puck from Scott Freeman at the right point, held onto it, worked around his defender, and fired a shot from the inside edge of the right circle that beat Clemente to the far corner.
Clarkson pulled Karpowich with 1:11 remaining in favor of the extra attacker and Beca tied the game with 14.6 seconds left knocking in the rebound of a shot by Shea Guthrie over an outstretched Clemente to force overtime.
Beca then scored the game-winner when he got behind his defender and beat Clemente midway through the five-minute overtime, clearing the Clarkson bench.
Clemente finished with 36 saves, while Karpowich recorded 27 for the Golden Knights. The Bears return to action next weekend when they travel to upstate New York to face Colgate and Cornell.
CLARKSON 1 0 2 1 - 4
BROWN 1 2 0 0 - 3
First period - C, Bellows (Tremblay, Marshall), 11:07; B, Vokes (unassisted), SH, 14:41. Penalties - C, 0-0; B, 1-2.
Second period - B, Buvinow (unassisted), 14:06; B, Vokes (Volpatti, Buvinow), PP, 15:30. Penalties - C, 2-4; B, 2-4.
Third Period - C, Rufenach (Freeman), 15:22; C, Beca (Guthrie, Paquet), 19:45. Penalties - C, 0-0; B, 1-2.
Overtime - C, Beca (D'Alvise, Guthrie), 2:31. Penalties - C, 0-0; B, 0-0.
C, Paul Karpowich (61:21), 9-7-10-1 - 27; B, Mike Clemente (62:31), 10-10-13-3 - 36.