POTSDAM, N.Y. (2/28/14) - Clarkson scored three power-play goals to skated to a 3-1 win over Princeton in men's hockey on Friday night at Cheel Arena.
The Knights went 3 for 6 on the power play with three different players scoring. After the teams traded goals in the first period, Clarkson added two goals in the second period and hung on for the win.
With one more regular-season game on tap, the playoff scenario has became a bit more clear. Princeton will face either Cornell, Clarkson or Yale in the first round of the ECAC Tournament, as the trio represents the only teams that can finish in fifth place in the league. (scenarios below).
Senior Andrew Calof scored an unassisted goal for the the Tigers. He tied the game at 1-1 at 18:47 of the first period when he intercepted a Clarkson pass as its own blue line and skated in all alone to beat netminder Greg Lewis five hole.
Allan McPherson put Clarkson the board early as the Knights converted on their first man-up opportunity at 4:20. Jarrett Burton and Paul Geiger assisted on the goal.
Will Frederick gave the Green & Gold back the lead at 5:18 of the second period. Burton won a draw back to Geiger who faked a shot and sent it instead to the right wing to McPherson. McPherson sent it across the ice to Jeff DiNallo who whipped a shot on goal that was tipped in at the far post by Frederick.
Burton expanded the lead six minutes later with Frederick and DiNallo getting their second points of the night as well. DiNallo stretched to poke a pass into the corner for Frederick, who slotted for Burton for the goal.
Freshman Colton Phinney made 27 saves in net for Princeton, while Lewis stopped 16 shots for Clarkson as shots fell in Clarkson's favor 30-17.
Princeton (5-23, 4-17) will take on St. Lawrence in the regular-season finale tomorrow night at 7 p.m., at Appleton Arena.
Scenarios for playoff opponent:
Seeded 5th with a tie and a Clarkson win.
Seeded 5th with a loss and a Clarkson win.
Seeded 5th with a loss, a Clarkson tie, and a Yale loss or tie.
Seeded 5th with a win and a Cornell win.
Seeded 5th with a tie and a Cornell win or tie.
Seeded 5th with a tie, a Cornell loss, and a Yale win.
Seeded 5th with a loss and a Yale loss or tie.
Seeded 5th with a win and a Clarkson loss.