Clarkson lost control of its own destiny for a first-round bye after a 1-1 tie with second-place Cornell Friday night before 2,690 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena.
Quinnipiac (16-10-5, 8-7-4) beat Rensselaer 3-1 and moved into a fifth-place tie with Clarkson (14-13-6, 8-7-4). The Bobcats have the tiebreakers with the Golden Knights because they went 1-0-1 against Clarkson this year.
Cornell (13-6-7, 10-3-6) also lost some ground in its chase to catch Union (18-6-7, 12-3-4) for first place. The Big Red are now two points behind the Dutchmen, but can still win the regular-season title if they win the rest of their games. They face Union next week and if they beat the Dutchmen and finish tied they'd have the tiebreaker with Union.
Clarkson's tie Friday came thanks to a power-play goal from Nick Tremblay at 13 minutes, 26 seconds of the third period. The goal, seen in the video below, came with just two seconds left in the power play.
Cornell scored its only goal at 5:18 of the second period on a goal from Greg Miller.
The Big Red had the only shot on goal in overtime, but Ben Sexton nearly won the game for Clarkson when he had a shot clang off the post at 1:18 of the extra period.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones