Nov. 7, 2008
Potsdam, NY - Clarkson's Nick Tremblay broke a 1-1 tie three minutes into the third period to lift the 15th-ranked Golden Knights (2-1-2, 1-0-0) to a 3-1 victory over the Brown men's ice hockey team (0-3-0, 0-1-0) on Friday evening at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights wasted little time in taking a 1-0 lead, as Louke Oakley fired the puke past junior Dan Rosen (Syosset, NY) just 2:37 into the game. Clarkson would hold an 8-3 advantage in shots on goal during the first part of the period, but Brown began to pick up its tempo towards the middle of the frame, earning three power-play chances in a row from 9:45 to 15:41, including a 52 second five-on-three advantage. With the power-plays, the Bears gradually built on their shot total to finish the period with a 10-9 advantage in shots on goal.
Senior Mike Stuart (Rome, NY) tied the game with 1:35 remaining in the period, scoring a short-handed goal just 44 seconds after Clarkson had gone up on the man advantage. Stuart collected the puck in the neutral zone, skated in along the right side and then fired a shot from the right face-off circle that Clarkson goalie Paul Karpowich saved. However, Stuart followed his shot and got to the rebound just in time to lift it into the partially open net for his first goal of the season.
Clarkson outshot the Bears, 9-4, in the second period, but both goalies stopped every shot they faced to keep the score tied at 1-1. Brown's penalty-killing unit played exceptionally well in the period, limiting the Golden Knights to just two shots in four power-play chances, as the teams headed into the final period in a 1-1 deadlock.
The Golden Knights scored what would prove to be the game-winner 3:18 into the final period. Nick Tremblay was stationed on the right side of the crease and was in the right place to bat the puck into the partially open net on the rebound of a Dan Reed shot from the left side of the crease.
Brown fought to tie the game again, but took three straight penalties. Despite being a man down for six of the first 11 minutes of the period, the Bears still managed to outshoot Clarkson for the period, 11-9. Three of those shots came during a power-play late in the game, which saw Kawpowich stop back-to-back shots from junior Devin Timberlake (Port Alberni, BC), senior Ryan Garbutt (Winnipeg, MAN), and senior Matt Vokes (Auburn, MA).
The Bears had a late power-play chance with less than three minutes to go, but managed just one shot during this time. Brown pulled Rosen with 46 seconds remaining and Brandon DeFazio added an empty-netter at 19:56 for the 3-1 final.
For the game, Brown's penalty-kill was a perfect 10-10, while accounting for the Bears' only goal. Clarkson held a slight, 27-25 advantage in shots on goal, as both Rosen and Karpowich finished with 24 saves. The Bears also won the face-off battle, winning 33 of 64, including 12 of 20 in the third period.
Brown has a quick turn-around before tomorrow's game as it will face St. Lawrence in a 4:00 p.m. contest.
BROWN 1 0 0 x 1
#15 CLARKSON 1 0 2 x 3
First Period - C, Oakley (Marks, Cayer), 2:37; B, Stuart (unassisted), SH, 18:25. Penalties - B, 3-6; C, 5-10.
Second Period - No Scoring. Penalties - B, 4-8; C, 2-4.
Third Period - C, Tremblay (Reed, Tuohimaa), 3:18. C, DeFazio (Tuohimaa), EN, 19:56. Penalties - B, 3-6; C, 2-4.
B, Dan Rosen (59:18), 8-9-7-x - 24; C, Paul Karpowich (60:00), 9-4-11-x - 24.