Clarkson Falls to Princeton in OT

Clarkson Falls to Princeton in OT

Playing at historic Hobey Baker Rink has proven to be a tough challenge for the Clarkson University Hockey team in recent years as the Golden Knights dropped their third straight to Princeton on its home ice in New Jersey. Clarkson squandered a two-goal lead on Saturday night as the Tigers scored three unanswered goals to pull out a 3-2 overtime victory, extending their unbeaten streak to six games (4-0-2).

The Golden Knights, who were coming off two consecutive wins over Top-20 ranked teams, including Friday's 4-2 triumph at No. 18 Quinnipiac, drop back to the .500 level with a 13-13-4 overall record and an 8-8-2 ECAC Hockey mark. Clarkson stands in sixth place in the 12-team league standings, five points out of fourth with four games remaining in the regular season. The Green and Gold host Central NY rivals Colgate and Cornell next weekend at Cheel Arena. Friday's game against the Raiders is an 8:30 p.m. start and will be televised by the American Sports Network.

Although Princeton (11-11-3, 6-9-3) never led until scoring the game-winner in overtime, the Tigers dictated play throughout the majority of the contest and put a season-high 48 shots up against the Knights. Clarkson had 37 shots on goal. Princeton also won the special teams battle, going 1-of-3 with the man-advantage while killing off all three of Clarkson's power-play chances.

After a scoreless first period in which the Tigers had a 13-7 shot advantage, the Knights grabbed a two-goal lead in the middle frame. At 8:09, senior Troy Josephs (Whitby, ONT) put in a puck at the side of the net for his team-high 11th goal of the season. Junior Sam Vigneault (Baie-Comeau, QUE), with his team-high 21st assist, and sophomore defenseman Aaron Thow (Toronto, ONT) set up the goal. Just over five minutes later junior Brett Gervais (Corona, CA) followed up his own rebound and knocked in his fourth goal of the year at 13:29. Thow, with his fourth point of the weekend, and freshman blueline partner Greg Moro (Edmonton, ALB) assisted.

Princeton started its rally midway through the third period with a power-play goal by Josh Teves at 11:05. The Tigers' leading goal scorer Ryan Kuffner tallied his 14th of the season at 16:10 to make it 2-2. Derek Topatigh closed out the victory for the home team, scoring just 1:58 into overtime.

Freshman Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) made a career-high 45 saves, including 18 in the third period.

Colton Phinney posted 35 saves in the win for Princeton.