Clarkson Edges Harvard Men’s Hockey, 2-1, in Overtime

Clarkson Edges Harvard Men’s Hockey, 2-1, in Overtime

In addition to his goal, Rogers won a season-high 19 faceoffs and lost just six (photo courtesy Patrick Shanahan).

POTSDAM, N.Y.-Andrew Himelson scored in overtime to lift Clarkson to a 2-1 win against the Harvard men's hockey team Friday night at Cheel Arena.

After the Clarkson defense withstood some pressure from the Crimson (7-18-3, 7-11-3 ECAC Hockey) early in overtime, Himelson one-timed in a Matt Beca pass out of the corner at 3:11 to lift the Golden Knights (8-22-3, 4-15-2) to the win. Karpowich finished with 20 saves, while Harvard's Ryan Carroll made 21. Doug Rogers scored for the Crimson.

The Crimson maintained its edge in the race for a home playoff series next weekend, as competitors Brown and Princeton both lost.

Harvard dominated territorially in the first period but had only six shots and no goals to show for it, while limiting the Golden Knights to four shots. The Crimson's best chance came off the stick of a falling Pier-Olivier Michaud from the left side, but Karpowich made a pad save and Harvard could not convert on the power play after Michaud was pulled down.

The teams played another scoreless stanza in the second. Clarkson held a 9-5 shots edge, with five of those chances coming during one power play. Carroll continued his strong play in the Harvard net, and Karpowich made his best stop on Luke Greiner. The CU netminder got his left arm on Greiner's shot from the left side on the rush.

The offense picked up quickly in the third period. Rogers got the Crimson on the board just 49 seconds into the frame, taking advantage of a neutral-zone turnover by the Golden Knights and wristing a shot over the blocker of Karpowich. Clarkson tied the score just 11 seconds later when Louke Oakley put the puck into an open net following a bad bounce for Harvard behind its own net. The goalies again took over from there, with Carrroll making key stops on Beca on a wraparound attempt and a breakaway.