Clarkson Nets Two Late, Escapes Bright with 2-2 Tie

Everson (21) pounces on a rebound for Harvard's third power-play goal of the weekend (photo courtesy Kevin Burns).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Clarkson scored two goals 32 seconds apart late in the third period to overcome 56 minutes of Crimson dominance and tie the Harvard men’s hockey team, 2-2, Saturday night at Bright Hockey Center. Freshmen Louis Leblanc and Marshall Everson scored for the Crimson.

Paul Karpowich notched 41 saves to help the Golden Knights (4-8-1, 1-4-1 ECAC Hockey) withstand a 43-20 edge in shots for Harvard (1-4-2, 1-4-2). Bryan Rufenach got the puck out of a crowd behind the net and scored Clarkson’s first goal at 16:09 of the third period, and Matt Beca followed by scoring from the left side after an offensive-zone faceoff win by Tim Marks. Matt Borowiecki assisted on both goals.

Karpowich then made four saves during an overtime power play for Harvard. The Crimson outshot the Golden Knights, 5-3, in the extra session after Clarkson held a 10-9 advantage in the third period. Ryan Caroll made 18 saves for Harvard, which went a season-best 7 for 7 on the penalty kill and scored once in four power plays.

The Crimson dominated the first period to the tune of a 16-3 advantage in shots. Leblanc had the only goal, his third of the season, at 6:04. He grabbed the puck off the stick of a Clarkson defenseman at the right post and wrapped the puck around the back of the net and in before Karpowich could slide across. Karpowich made a few good saves, including an impressive glove stop on a slapper by Pier-Olivier Michaud, to keep the Golden Knights within a goal.

Harvard controlled the second period as well, outshooting Clarkson, 13-4. Everson’s team-leading third power-play goal came at 4:03. He banged in the rebound after Alex Fallstrom ripped a one-timer from the left side off a cross-ice feed from Michael Biega.