College hockey: Clarkson takes down St. Lawrence again for 11th straight victory
In another tough battle against its arch rival, the Clarkson University Hockey team prevailed defeating St. Lawrence 4-2 at Appleton Arena in Canton to complete the North Country weekend home-and-home sweep.
The Golden Knights, who knocked off the Saints 3-1 at Cheel Arena on Friday, close out the 2017 portion of the schedule with 11 consecutive wins for their best record through 19 games since 1981-82 with a 15-3-1 overall record. The Green and Gold hold down first place in ECAC Hockey with a perfect 8-0-0 league mark.
A strong first period on the road put Clarkson in control right at the start against St. Lawrence (1-14-1, 0-7-1) as the Knights grabbed a 2-0 lead, scoring twice in a 50-second span. Clarkson built its lead to 3-0 early in the third, but the Saints, bidding for their second win of the year, scored twice in a three-minutes span midway through the final stanza to cut the deficit to 3-2. The Green and Gold held on, however, and sealed the win with an empty-net goal in the final seconds.
Clarkson held a slim 28-27 edge in shots. The Knights controlled the first period with a 16-7 shot advantage, while St. Lawrence enjoyed the better of the play in the third with a 14-6 shot margin.
Once again the Knights' specialty teams played a key role in the victory. Clarkson was 2-of-9 on the power play and excelled shorthanded, killing off all five of the home team's man-advantage chances.
.@SportsCenter @ClarksonHockey1 sophomore Sheldon Rempal @rempal_11 with #SCTOP10 worthy goal in 4-2 win vs. St. Lawrence for @NCAAIceHockey leading 16th goal of the season, helping No. 3 Golden Knights to 11th straight victory! pic.twitter.com/y9tSHq04T1— ClarksonAthletics (@ClarksonUSports) December 10, 2017
The NCAA's leading goal scorer, sophomore Sheldon Rempal tallied his 16th of the season with a highlight-reel play to start things off. Rempal cut across the crease, beat a defender and flipped in a shot at 3:01 for his third goal of the weekend.
At 3:51, senior Dylan Gareau, back in the lineup after missing four games while recovering from an injury, fired in a quick turn-around shot from the left circle for his second goal of the year. Senior blueline partners Terrance Amorosa and Kelly Summers, with his fifth assist in four games, set up the play.
After a scoreless second period, freshman Kevin Charyszyn one-timed a behind-the-net pass from freshman linemate Josh Dickinson for his third goal of the season, a power-play marker at 3:45 of the third. Freshman Jack Jacome also assisted.
St. Lawrence battled back with two quick strikes to make it a one-goal game with seven minutes to play.
Joe Sullivan capitalized on a Clarkson turnover for a shorthanded tally at 10:21, and then scored again on a deflection in front at 13:43.
Sophomore Nico Sturm, who iced Friday's win with an empty-net goal, sealed the victory at Appleton Arena with another empty-net tally, scoring his sixth of the season, on the power play, with 40 seconds remaining. Brosseau and Amorosa, both set up the play for their second assists of the game.
Sophomore Jake Kielly earned his 15th win of the season with 25 saves.
Clarkson is now off until January 2 when it hosts Canisius in on-league action on a Tuesday night at Cheel Arena. The Knights resume ECAC Hockey play on January 12 with a trip to Union.