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Clarkson men’s hockey, hoops teams generate Sunday wins

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POTSDAM - The Clarkson University men’s hockey team skated to a 6-2 exhibition win at home over Queens University while the men’s basketball team outscored Hartwick College 90-85 in the consolation game of a tournament at the University of Rochester on Sunday.

MEN’S HOCKEY

At Cheel Arena, sophomore Jeff DiNallo (Aurora, ONT) paced the Golden Knights offensively with two goals and two assists. Making his first appearance for Clarkson, freshman goaltender Ville Runola (Raisio, Finland) posted 15 saves backstopping the win.

Clarkson outshot the Gaels 45-17. The Knights went 0-of-8 on the power play, while Queen’s was 0-of-4.

The Knights (10-3-1, 4-2 ECAC Hockey) return to NCAA play this weekend when they battle archrival St. Lawrence University in a home-and-home series. Clarkson hosts the Saints on Friday at Cheel and then travels 10 miles down Route 11 on Saturday to face off against its North Country neighbor at Appleton Arena in Canton.

Queens opened the scoring with a goal by Jordan Soquila at 7:22 of the first, but Clarkson answered back with five straight goals to take command. DiNallo tied the game at 12:33 of the opening period.

The Knights gained control in the middle frame with three goals for a 4-1 lead through 40 minutes.

Playing in his first game at Clarkson, freshman defenseman Bryan Sinz (Anchorage, AK) took a pass from DiNallo at the point and fired in a high shot at 9:15 to give the Green and Gold the lead. At 12:24, senior captain Ben Sexton (Kanata, ONT) one-timed a shot from the left circle off a pass from Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT). DiNallo connected again at 14:43, knocking in a shot at the side of the net. McPherson and junior defenseman Sam Labrecque (Granby, QUE) assisted.

Labrecque made it 5-1 to start the final period, connecting off a pass from DiNallo at 2:20. The Gaels got back on the scoreboard at 14:54 with a goal by Blair Wentworth.

With 21 seconds remaining, senior defenseman Alex Boak (Norwood, NY) closed out the scoring with Clarkson’s sixth goal. Sophomore Todd Christen (Norwalk, CT) assisted.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

In Rochester, senior Marques Charlton (Deer Park, NY) hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to set a new career-high for scoring as the men’s basketball team was able to hold off a late comeback from Hartwick College in the consolation game of the UofR/Holiday Inn Airport Tournament.

The Golden Knights improved to 4-2 overall on the season while Hartwick dropped to 3-4. Clarkson will close out the first semester at Elmira on Saturday afternoon.

Clarkson opened the game with four missed shots and a turnover in the first three minutes, but quickly found an offensive groove thanks to some outstanding shooting from the perimeter, especially from Charlton. Trailing by three points (26-23) with 5:13 remaining, the Knights scored nine points in three possessions with 3-pointers from Felix Abongo (Beacon, NY) and Charlton.

The Knights would never trail again, but Hartwick also would not go away. The Hawks pulled within one on a pair of occasions early in the second half and finally came back to tie the game twice (54-54, 56-56) before another Charlton 3-pointer put Clarkson out ahead for good. The Knights lead expanded to 10 points (76-66) following a pair of free throws from John Coleman (Potsdam, NY), but Hartwick’s shooters started making everything from the outside to keep the game within reach. Fortunately for the Knights, the 11 points from the Hawks’ shooters in the final 40 seconds was negated by a strong run of free throw shooting down the stretch by Clarkson. The final basket of the game for Hartwick had the margin at just two points, but Charlton his a pair of free throws to give Clarkson a two-possession advantage and Dylan Hodownes (Honeoye Falls, NY) hit a free throw with a few seconds to go for the final point.

Charlton surpassed his previous career-high of 32 points set in league play last season with a game-high 33, shooting 9-for-15 from the floor, including 6-for-8 from beyond the 3-point arc. Charlton also hit nine of his 11 free throw attempts. Coleman tossed in 20 points after a slow start in the first half and the junior finished six assists, three rebounds, and two blocks as well.

Abongo tossed in 13 points, going 6-for-9 from the floor, and had a team-high seven rebounds while Jeremy Liss (Vestal, NY) contributed 10 points, making five of eight attempts from the field.

For Hartwick, Joey Lufkin had a team-high 18 points while Justin Pratt and Jared Suderley each contributed 17 points. The Hawks shot 8-14 from beyond the 3-point line (57.1%) in the second half.

CANTON MEN’S HOCKEY

In Canton on Sunday, the SUNY Canton men’s hockey team held visiting Hamilton College scoreless for the first half of the contest but the offense was unable to find the back of the net as the hosts fell, 3-0, Sunday evening at the Roos House. The win improves the Continentals to 2-3-0, while the loss drops the Kangaroos to 1-8-1.

Neither team could get on the scoreboard in the opening period as the teams combined for 12 shots on goal. The Roo penalty kill unit was strong killing off three penalties and finishing the frame with a remarkable eight blocked shots as they got in the passing and shooting lanes disrupting the Continental power play. Christopher Marsillo (Lincroft, NJ) stopped all seven shots he faced in the first 20 minutes, as it remained scoreless after one.

Hamilton got on the board at the 10:30 mark of the second period when Robbie Murden scored his fourth goal of the year. Michael DiMare took an initial shot that was saved by Marsillo but Murden put home the rebound. Four minutes later DiMare added a goal of his own on the power play off passes from Seamus O’Neill and Murden. The Continentals held a 17-5 shots edge in the second.

Murden added his fifth tally of the season and third point of the game 15:13 into the third period as DiMare and Tyler Lovejoy picked up assists. Murden beat a defender and made a beautiful deke in the offensive zone to beat Marsillo for the 3-0 final.

The Continentals went 1-for-4 with the skater advantage while the Roos were 0-for-3. SUNY Canton held big edges in faceoffs (36-22) and blocked shots (11-5), while Hamilton outshot the Roos 30-16. Cory Giczewski (Fountain Valley, CA) led the defense with three blocked shots, while Taylor Pickering (Marine City, MI) had two.

Marsillo stopped 27 shots for SUNY Canton, while Charlie Fennell turned aside 16 shots in his first action between the pipes for Hamilton.

The Roos are back in action Friday when they travel to Springfield, MA to take on Western New England University beginning at 7:40 p.m.

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