Biega's goal gave the Crimson a chance to tie in the third period (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
POTSDAM, N.Y.—Two goals in a three-minute span during the second period carried Clarkson to a 3-1 win against the Harvard men's hockey team Saturday night at Cheel Arena.
Michael Biega's third-period goal cut the deficit to one goal, but Paul Karpowich made 35 saves to help the Golden Knights (5-4-2, 1-2-1 ECAC Hockey) hang on and keep Harvard (2-2-0, 2-2-0) from recording its first weekend sweep in the North Country since 2002.
The decisive goals came late in the second period. Allan McPherson found the net first at the 14:45 mark, deflecting a Jake Morley shot into the top corner of the Harvard goal. Nik Pokulok made it 2-0 with his shot from the left side of the zone at 17:40.
Harvard owned advantages of 36-35 in shots and 34-33 in faceoffs and put 12 shots on Karpowich on five power plays. Alex Killorn logged 12 shots on goal and a 15-11 faceoff record. Kyle Richter made 32 saves.
A good early shift by Marshall Everson, Alex Fallstrom and Luke Greiner featured a couple great scoring chances and jump-started a strong first period that saw Harvard double up Clarkson in shots, 12-6. The Crimson could not take advantage of its chances, however, missing the net with Karpowich out of position on three occasions and allowing the game to enter the first intermission scoreless.
Clarkson came out playing much better early in the second period, but a high-sticking penalty led to a Crimson power play and several scoring chances. The best came off the stick of Luke Greiner on the right side and off the goalpost. Clarkson later netted its first two goals and held a 19-11 shots edge in the second period.
Michael Biega halved the Clarkson lead with his first goal of the season at 6:30 of the third period. He picked up a rebound off the pads of Richter and sent the puck to center ice, where it deflected off Killorn and a defender. Biega picked it back up, carried over the offensive blue line, and ripped a slap shot over the blocker of Karpowich.
As the Crimson pressed for a tying goal, Karpowich came up with a big stop on Colin Moore after Rence Coassin caused a turnover. Soon after, the Brandon DeFazio sent the puck down the ice, and Corey Tamblyn got to it ahead of Richter and centered. Scott Freeman got to the puck in the crease and gave the Golden Knights a 3-1 lead with barely five minutes to go.
Harvard pressured through a penalty-filled final few minutes, but Karpowich made 12 third-period saves, including seven on Crimson power plays.