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River Hawks rally past Golden Knights, 4-3

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LOWELL, Mass. — After getting off to a good start, the Clarkson University men’s hockey team saw UMass-Lowell rally to produce a 4-3 win in a nonconference game before 4,649 at the Tsongas Center on Saturday afternoon.

Clarkson (12-6-2) scored two goals in the first 5 minutes, 39 seconds, matching the total number of goals the Golden Knights had scored against UMass-Lowell in 125 minutes in the last two games.

A.J. Fossen started the spurt with a goal 3 minutes, 11 seconds into the game on a rebound of a shot by Bryan Sinz. Matt Zarbo added another goal at 5:39 of the first period to make it 2-0 Clarkson.

But UMass-Lowell (14-5-1) cut the deficit to 2-1 with a goal from Scott Wilson at 9:45 of the opening period.

“They got a goal that got them back in the game,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said.

The River Hawks tied the game 2-2 at 5:46 of the second period on a goal from Ryan McGrath and then went ahead 3-2 when Chris Maniccia scored at 9:46 of the second period.

Clarkson answered with a goal from Sam Labrecque at 11:25 of the second period to tie the game 3-3.

“We ended up battling back to make it 3-3,” Jones said.

The River Hawks scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 9:55 of the third period on a shot from Joseph Pendenza.

Clarkson dominated the game statistically, outshooting UMass-Lowell 32-14. The Golden Knights had an edge in shots in every period and held UMass-Lowell to only three shots in the third.

“I thought we deserved a better fate tonight,” Jones said. “It was one of those nights. We competed hard. I thought we generated enough offense to win the game tonight.”

Saturday’s game ended a four-game stretch away from Cheel Arena to start the second half of the season.

Clarkson went 0-3-1, losing two games at the University of Vermont Tournament and gaining a 1-1 tie Friday against the River Hawks.

The Golden Knights return to Cheel Arena this weekend, hosting Hockey East’s Merrimack on Friday and Saturday. It will be the team’s first home game since Dec. 6 against St. Lawrence University and the final nonconference games of the season.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Jones said. “Our students will be back and hopefully the crowd will come out and look forward to seeing us play the second half (of the season).”

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