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College hockey: Freshman Fossen lifts Clarkson

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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 victory 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 settled 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.”

nNOTES: The Golden Knights improved to 3-0 in road games this season. ... Clarkson has scored 19 of its 23 goals this season in either the first or second period of games. ... Clarkson goalie Steve Perry was named the ECAC Hockey Freshman of the Month late Thursday night. Perry picked up two shutouts in his first four college starts.

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