Roundup: Clarkson Stays Hot, Sweeps Neighbor St. Lawrence
Massachusetts Topples Notre Dame to Get Split
CHN Staff Report
Clarkson overcame a two-goal deficit and three more goals from the Carey brothers to win at St. Lawrence and sweep the home-and-home weekend with its rivals.
Both games were played in jam-packed arenas, just like the good old days in the North County. Friday, Clarkson won in front of the third-largest crowd in Cheel Arena history. Saturday, over 2,800 squeezed into Appleton Arena in Canton, N.Y., a town with a population of barely 5,000 people.
Matt Carey surpassed his older brother, Greg, getting his 12th and 13th goal of the season. Of course Greg set them both up, and is now 12-23—35 on the season, to lead the nation.
But Clarkson scored the only goal of both the second and third period, to rally for the win. Joe Zarbo's third-period goal was the game winner.
Twice, St. Lawrence had five-minute power plays, including one late in the third period. But it managed just one goal, late on a power play in the first period, for a 3-2 lead at the time.
"Clarkson's PK was very aggressive tonight," St. Lawrence coach Greg Carvel said. "They made it tough for us. That was a big turning point in the game.
"They changed their forecheck. We had to dump the puck in, whereas (Friday) we were able to skate it in. And they're really good at retreating. They just go to walls and have bigger bodies. We just had a hard time getting possession. And when we got a little bit of possession, we weren't patient enough, shooting it into shin pads. We got frustrated, because we had so much time on the power play, but weren't doing what we usually do."
At 12-3-1, Clarkson is slowly chipping away at remaining skeptics, who weren't sure how to interpret a quick start. Now the Golden Knights are sustaining it.
"We've played North Dakota, Maine, Northeastern — Clarkson is as tough as a team as we've played against this year," Carvel said. "It's not an accident there, the record that they have. They have a big defense, they take away time and space. It's a good hockey team."
Notre Dame's inconsistency was on display again this weekend, as it settled for just two points in its first league weekend with Massachusetts. The Minutement won 3-2 on Saturday, after losing Friday.
Senior Adam Phillips scored with 2:47 remaining in regulation to give UMass the win, just its fourth of the season. Notre Dame dropped to 10-7-1 overall.
“This was a disappointing loss,” Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson said. “I thought we played better tonight and we lost the game. We had the chance to score a couple of goals in the first period and we couldn’t finish. That was the difference in the game.”
“This was a frustrating game to lose,” said Irish captain Jeff Costello. “We played one of our better games in this stretch lately and it’s frustrating to lose on a goal that late in the game. Everyone battled tonight and it came down to me making a stupid play at the end that cost us.”
The Irish don't play again until Saturday, Jan. 4, against Boston College at Fenway Park. Notre Dame has had bad second halves in its previous two seasons.
“There’s no poor start in the second half for us this year,” said Jackson. “We are going to have to have a better second half. There were just a lot of inconsistencies in the first half, regardless of how they happened. I thought we had some really good games early on and we can see the potential of this team and how good it can be. Putting games together back-to-back is the next step. We need to show consistency.”
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Cornell rallied from a 2-0 deficit to get a tie with Colgate on Saturday.
Colgate rookie Charlie Finn made 26 saves, and withstood the vocal Lynah Rink crowd. Darcy Murphy added his eight of the year and Daniel Gentzler added the first of the season for Colgate’s goals.
“Finn did a great job in net tonight and kept us in the game at points,” Colgate coach Don Vaughan said. “His rebound control was excellent and we couldn’t have ask anymore of a rookie goaltender coming into this environment.”
Colgate's early goals came off scrambles.
“We talk a lot about getting into the blue paint and scoring those tough goals and we did that tonight,” Vaughan said. “I thought we had a great effort tonight and the hardwork around the net played out well for us on those two goals.”
Joakim Ryan and Cole Bardreau scored goals to rally the Big Red, both coming with two-man advantages.
“You're not going to survive many long minutes of two-man advantage power plays,” Vaughan said.
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Andrew Gladiuk led Bentley with five points as the Falcons defeated Robert Morris, 7-2, to complete a series sweep. The Falcons are 6-2-1 in Atlantic Hockey, and are unbeaten in the last six.
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Junior goaltender Rob Tadazak turned in his first shutout of the season and sophomore Shane Hearn matched a career-high two goals as Army bounced back off a bad loss to get a split with Canisius, 2-0.
“Tonight was a tremendous all-around effort for this team,” Army coach Brian Riley said. “They’ve worked so hard, and to bounce back from last night’s loss with a performance like this is outstanding. It started with Taz (Tadazak) in goal and moved all the way to Shane Hearn, who has been playing some great hockey for us this season. Both came up big tonight, but it was ultimately a team win against a very good Canisius team.”