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Third-period surge carries CU men’s hockey past SLU


POTSDAM — For a second straight season the Clarkson University men’s hockey team stunned St. Lawrence University in the third period in Cheel Arena.

The Golden Knights rallied from a one-goal deficit and scored three goals in the third period, defeating the Saints 5-4 before 3,965 fans in an ECAC Hockey game Friday night.

SLU (8-7-2 overall, 2-3-2 ECAC Hockey) led 3-2 and had been 7-0 this season with a lead after two periods. Last season Clarkson was behind 3-0 heading into the third period at home and rallied with three goals to salvage a 3-3 tie.

The win gives Clarkson an 8-1-1 record in its last 10 games against the Saints and the teams meet at 7 p.m. tonight in Appleton Arena, where Clarkson (11-3-1, 5-2) has won three straight games and four of its last five.

“The guys knew we were able to (come back) last year, so there was a lot of confidence in the room,” Clarkson senior Jarrett Burton said.

Burton sparked Clarkson’s comeback, one-timing a pass from Joe Zarbo past SLU goalie Matt Weninger to tie the game 3-3 at 6 minutes, 9 seconds of the third period.

“I just kind of let it come across my body,” Burton said. “Alex Boak made a great pass to Joe Zarbo and then Joe made a nice slide over to me. I had an open net, so it wasn’t too hard. The excitement was building, we knew what we could do from last year, that carried into the third.”

All Burton’s goal did was tie the game, but the boost it gave Clarkson made it seem like it was worth more than just one goal.

“We knew what we had to do and we just went out there and did it,” Clarkson’s Jeff DiNallo said. “We just had to get pucks on net. (Burton’s goal) boosted the morale on the bench for sure. Guys started getting fired up. Older guys knew we had them and we just took it to them.”

DiNallo gave Clarkson the lead for good with a power-play goal at 10 minutes, 57 seconds and then freshman Troy Josephs scored what proved to be the game-winning goal 25 seconds later, extending the lead to 5-3.

“To take the wind out of the sail of a team is fantastic,” DiNallo said. “When you can put that dagger in them, it’s good for how the game is going to go.”

Josephs was called for a slashing penalty at 17:33 of the third period, putting SLU’s dangerous power-play unit on the ice again and the Saints capitalized, cutting the lead to 5-4 at 17:59 on freshman Matt Carey’s second goal of the game.

SLU entered the game averaging 3.81 goals and converting on 28.6 percent of its power plays. The Saints were 3-for-5 with the man advantage in Friday’s game.

“You really have to pay attention to their top line, the two Carey brothers,” Clarkson defenseman Paul Geiger said. “They both have pretty-good shots. Five-on-five, I thought we did a good job taking away their time and space. I think tomorrow night we just have to stay out of the (penalty) box and be more aggressive on our (penalty kill).”

Jeremy Wick scored two of SLU’s power-play goals Friday. He scored the first goal of the game at 6:30. Clarkson answered with a power-play goal from T.J. Moore at 9:28 and then Simon Bessette scored on a rebound at 14:25 to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 edge.

Wick scored his other power-play goal with 23.5 seconds left in the first period to tie the game 2-2.

It was the first of two goals the Saints would score late in a period as Matt Carey scored with 38.6 seconds left in the second period to give the Saints a 3-2 edge.

“It’s just very frustrating for us because we’re having too hard a time of keeping pucks out of our net,” St. Lawrence Greg Carvel said. “And it’s not the goalie’s fault, our defense is just giving up too many goals.”

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