Freshman defenseman Nik Pokulok lays out Colgate's Adam Corrin - photo by Chris Lenney

Knights Fall to Colgate 6-2

A three-goal outburst late in the third period, started by a play called a goal after a video review, helped to propel Colgate University to a 6-2 victory over the Clarkson University Hockey team before 2,711 fans in ECAC Hockey action at Cheel Arena on Saturday night.

The Raiders (8-9-4, 6-4-1), who received two goals each from sophomore Matt Firman (Fayetteville, NY) and senior David McIntyre (Pefferlaw, ONT), snapped out of four-game losing skid.

The Golden Knights, who suffered the weekend sweep at home, fall to 5-14-3 overall and to 1-7-2 in ECAC Hockey. Clarkson lost to Cornell 3-1 on Friday. The Green and Gold close out a six-game home stand next weekend by hosting conference rivals Yale and Brown.

Trailing throughout the game, Clarkson cut Colgate’s lead to 3-2 on senior Matt Beca’s (Mississauga, ONT) team-high 12th goal of the year at 13:16 of the third period, but the Raiders quickly recovered, helped by a video review. At 16:11, freshman defenseman Thomas Larkin (Cocquio Trevisago, Italy) put a shot in the Clarkson goal while the net appeared to be off its moorings. However, after the officials reviewed the play, a goal was allowed putting the visitors in front 4-2.

Just 21 seconds later McIntyre scored his second of the game, followed by Firman’s second goal of the contest at 17:55 to give Colgate the 6-2 victory.

The Raiders opened the game by taking a 2-0 first-period lead.

Junior Brian Day (Danvers, MA) started the scoring after he won a puck along the left boards at the Clarkson blueline, skated to the top of the crease and put a shot on goal that Knights’ sophomore goaltender Richie LaVeau (Arlington Heights, IL) turned aside. The rebound, however, came out to Firman, who lifted in his third goal of the season at 7:52.

McIntyre made it 2-0 at 12:43, scoring on a 3-on-1 rush for his seventh goal of the season.

The Knights, who had to kill off three penalties in the opening period, had two of their best chances to score shorthanded. But man-down shots by Beca and classmate Tim Marks (Brownville, ONT) were stopped by Colgate’s sophomore netminder Alex Evin (Castlegar, BC).

In a penalty-filled second period, Clarkson got on the scoreboard early in the frame with a 5-on-3 power-play marker. Sophomore Julien Cayer (Longueuil, QUE) one-timed a shot from the top of the right circle off a pass by senior defenseman Jeremiah Crowe (Kenmore, NY) at 1:52 for his second goal of the season. Junior blueliner Bryan Rufenach (Cameron, ONT) also assisted.

At 11:52 of the stanza a total of 33 minutes were called on the two teams during a scrum behind the Knights’ net after Clarkson sophomore defenseman Mark Borowiecki (Kanata, ONT) was injured on a boarding penalty. Borowiecki was helped off the ice and did not return. The Knights also lost junior defenseman Dan Reed (Walworth, NY) to an injury midway through the first period.

As a result of the rash of penalties at the midway point of the second, Clarkson ended up with a three-minute major power play, but could not covert for the tying score. Late in the second, the Raiders went on a lengthy two-man advantage and appeared to score with just 1.5 seconds remaining in the period, but the goal was waved off after video review.

Sophomore Austin Smith (Dallas, TX) scored on the power play at 5:28 of the third to give the Raiders a 3-1 advantage.

Clarkson out shot Colgate 29-27. LaVeau finished with 21 saves, while Evin had 27 stops.

The Raiders were 1-0f-7 on the power play while Clarkson was 1-of-6 with the man-advantage.

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