LOWELL, Mass. Sam Labrecque scored with 5 minutes, 41 seconds left in the third period to help the Clarkson University mens hockey team salvage a 1-1 tie with UMass-Lowell in a nonconference game Friday night before 3,457 at the Tsongas Center.
Clarkson (12-5-2 overall) was in danger of losing a season-high third straight game, including a second straight to the River Hawks, before Labrecques goal, which came during a four-on-four situation.
The Golden Knights came back from the Christmas break last weekend and lost a pair of games in the University of Vermont Tournament, falling 3-2 to the Catamounts and then losing 3-1 to UMass-Lowell on Sunday. Clarkson faces the River Hawks (13-5-1) for a third straight game at 4 this afternoon.
(Labrecque) had some good scoring chances tonight, Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. It was good to see he buried that opportunity.
Both games with the River Hawks have been low scoring. Last Sundays game was tied 1-1 before UMass-Lowell scored two goals in the final 5:39.
There was a lot of physicality in the game, Jones said. It was the best officiated game Ive been part of in a long time. The puck was bouncing a bit tonight. It wasnt our best game with the puck. I thought we had some guys play really well. I thought our senior class did a fantastic job.
UMass-Lowell finished with a 39-28 edge in shots, including an 18-8 advantage in the third period and overtime.
But Golden Knights goalie Steve Perry, who did not play Sunday against the River Hawks, finished with 38 saves and was chosen as the games first star.
Steve played well in nets, Jones said. You need good goaltending against good teams on the road.
The only goal Perry allowed came at 7:02 of the first period on a shot from Joseph Pendenza that went just under the crossbar.
SUNY POTSDAM WINS
The New Year began with a new beginning for the mens hockey program as the Bears hosted Saint Anselms College for the first time on Friday night at Maxcy Hall Arena.
The match up featured former SUNY Potsdam coach and Bears Hall of Famer Ed Seney returning to his old stomping grounds. Seney led Potsdam to the schools lone SUNYAC championship during the 1995-96 season, but was now seeking a victory as a visitor.
Freshman center Vinny Caliguiri (Shoreham, N.Y.) and the Bears had other ideas.
Caliguiri picked up his first career hat trick, senior goaltender Shane Talarico (Greensburgh, Pa.) provided another strong performance between the pipes and Potsdam defeated Saint Anselms 5-2 to win for the fourth time in five games.
Potsdam (4-7 overall) came out as the aggressors in facing their old coach as junior left defenseman Erick Ware (Huntsville, Ala.) and Caliguiri scored in the opening six minutes and 16 seconds.
Ware, a 2011-2012 member of the SUNYAC All-Rookie team and All-SUNYAC third team, racked up his ninth career goal and first of the season.
Potsdam carried a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. First periods have been advantageous for the Bears as Potsdam has outscored opponents 13-8 in that time frame.
Caliguiri found the back of the net again late in the second period after junior left wing Ken Simon (Norwell, Mass.) got out on a two-on-one, wrapped around the net and delivered a centering pass on the door step.
St. Anselms (3-4-2 overall) answered almost immediately when senior defenseman Greg Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) cut the deficit back to two just before the end of the second period.
Caliguiri picked up his final goal at 2:21 into the third period with a slap shot from inside the circle. Caliguiri has five goals in his last five outings.
He [Caliguiri] was on the puck, said fifth-year coach Chris Bernard. Thats the primary reason that we recruited him to come here. He hunts pucks and keeps his feet moving. He got great effort from his line mates to have some synergy. And, he capitalized on that. Thats what we are going to need to do in order to win some more games.
The Hawks Kody Grondin made it 4-2 with 12:23 remaining in the game. St. As was not able to get any closer, however as Bears sophomore Todd Thomas (Davidsville, Pa.) added a power play goal in the closing minutes.
Senior goaltender Shane Talarico (Greensburgh, Pa.) recorded a season-high with 32 saves to improve to 3-0. Talarico just beat out his previous high of 31 saves in a 3-2 overtime win in the Bears last game against SUNY Cortland on December 7.
He [Talarico] was on time for us, Bernard said. He made critical saves at critical times. He did it with in such a manner that it inspired confidence to our guys. He looked like it was going to be really tough to get a puck by him tonight. When you have a goalie that projects that persona, the confidence just spreads throughout the team.
The teams square off against each other again today at 4 p.m. at Maxcy Hall Arena.