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Fossen lifts Clarkson men past Brown; SLU, Yale skate to tie

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Freshman A.J. Fossen scored his first career goal with just 1 minute, 53 seconds left in the game to give the Clarkson University men’s team a 4-3 win over Brown in the ECAC Hockey season opener for both teams Friday night at the Meehan Auditorium.

Clarkson (7-1-1 overall) blew a 3-1 lead when Brown scored twice in the third period, tying the game at 17:04 on a goal from Nick Lappin, the son of former St. Lawrence University standout Peter Lappin.

But Fossen bailed out the Golden Knights when he scored on a shot that went over the blocker of Brown goalie Marco DeFilippo, finishing a two-on-one breakaway with fellow freshman Troy Josephs, who assisted on the play.

“He’s had some (scoring) opportunities he’s passed up, but he has scored in the past,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said of Fossen. “He is physical and he is an energy player, but he’s not void of skill level.”

Fossen’s goal saved Clarkson from suffering the same fate it did two weeks ago when it blew a 3-1 lead in the third period at home against the Rochester Institute of Technology and had to settle for a 3-3 tie.

Brown (2-1) got back into the game when Matt Lorito scored just 20 seconds in on the rebound of a shot from Lappin which hit the post.

Brown also led early in the game when Ryan Jacobson scored just 4:15 into the contest.

But Clarkson answered with three goals in the final 6:59 of the opening period, two coming on power plays.

Sam Labrecque started the spurt with a goal at 13:01 of the period, assisted by James de Haas.

Will Frederick gave Clarkson a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal at 15:06, with Ben Sexton and Paul Geiger assisting, and Allan McPherson scored Clarkson’s third goal of the period with 30 seconds remaining, with Patrick Megannety and Jeff DiNallo assisting.

“I thought our special teams were real good tonight,” Jones said. “It’s a big part of college hockey and that played a big part in the game. We left a lot of chances on the board as well. We had good momentum going, good skating, and we were moving the puck real well.”

SLU 3, Yale 3 (OT): Greg Carey made one big play in the first period to give St. Lawrence a lead and then had a chance late in overtime, but his bid to lift the Saints to a win went just wide as SLU and Yale played to a tie in the ECAC Hockey opener for both teams in New Haven.

Carey stole the puck and scored his third goal of the season at 15:52 of the open period to give the Saints a 2-0 lead, and SLU pushed the margin to 3-1 when he helped set up Justin Baker’s power play goal in the second period, but Yale, which had six power play opportunities to just two for the Saints, battled back and ended up tying the game on a power play shot with just one second left in the second period.

Goalies and defenses, plus a couple of missed opportunities dominated the rest of the game as Saint goalie Matt Weninger and Yale freshman netminder Alex Lyon each made 11 saves in the final 25 minutes to keep it a draw. The tie ended a three-game losing streak at Ingalls Rink for the Saints and Yale had to settle for a single point on the night that it unveiled its national championship banner. The Saints are now 4-2-1 overall and 0-0-1 heading into a game at Brown on Saturday while Yale is 1-1-1 overall and takes an 0-0-1 record into its Saturday meeting against Clarkson.

Both teams had their chances in the third period and overtime, but the goaltenders prevented further scoring for a hard earned point for each side. Weninger finished with 34 saves for the Saints while Lyon had 29 for Yale.

SUNY Plattsburgh 3, SUNY Potsdam 0:Fifth-ranked Plattsburgh (1-0, 1-0 SUNYAC) scored two second period goals before going on to blank the visiting Bears in the SUNYAC debut for both squads.

The Cardinals put good pressure on the Bears in the first period, throwing a lot of pucks on sophomore goalie Jon Hall (Dexter, N.Y.). Plattsburgh appeared to score midway through the period, but the goal was waved off as it was directed off a Cardinal skate. Hall finished with 16 saves after the first period.

Plattsburgh opened the second period with a five-on-three power play and finally broke through. Just 41 seconds into the middle stanza, Nick Jensen wristed a shot into to the upper right corner of the goal from the slot. Dillan Fox and Barry Roytman assisted on the play. The Cardinals power play was a decisive factor in the contest. Less than three minutes later Patrick Herman made it 2-0 on helpers from Brandon Beadow and Michael Cassidy. Hall finished the period with 16 more stops.

The Cardinals added another power-power play goal 4:23 into the third period. Fox scored with assists from Jensen and Luke Baleshta.

Hall finished with a career-high 41 saves, while Mathieu Cadieux stopped 12 shots.

Potsdam Head Coach Chris Bernard was pleased with the effort, if not the outcome.

“Our guys competed their tails off for a full 60 minutes,” said Bernard. “I think the stats were a little misleading as defensively we cut down on a lot of their grade A chances. It’s always challenging to start your season on the road against a strong team like Plattsburgh. We saw a lot of things we can develop as the season moves on. You don’t get points for effort, but I saw a solid foundation for us to build on. Jon Hall played outstanding and gave us a chance to win. That’s all we can ask of any of our goaltenders.”

Potsdam returns home to re-open Maxcy Hall Ice Arena with a 7 p.m. contest against the University of New England. The Bears will induct their 1995-96 SUNYAC Championship team into the Potsdam Hall of Fame during the first intermission.

SUNY Canton 2, New England 2 (OT): Ryan Quinn scored at 10:11 of the second period to give the University of New England a tie with the Bears in a nonconference game in Canton, which was the opening contest for both teams.

Zach Lokey also scored for New England. Dave Schneider and Austin Root scored for the Kangaroos.

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