January 16, 2009

Clarkson Comeback Nets 4-3 Win

Jan. 16, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Shea Guthrie scored two goals including the game-winner midway through the third period as the Clarkson men's hockey team erased a two-goal deficit to beat No. 19 Yale 4-3 before 3,087 at Ingalls Rink in an ECAC Hockey game.

Guthrie, who scored the first and last goals of the night, helped Clarkson (4-13-4, 2-6-1) snap Yale's four-game win streak. The Knights, who got revenge for a 3-2 loss in November at Potsdam when Clarkson was ranked No. 15, pulled it off by getting 29 saves from Richie LaVeau and by getting hot at the right moment.

The Bulldogs (11-5, 6-3), who had goals from Broc Little, Jeff Anderson and Brian O'Neill, outshot Clarkson 32-24 but went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

Clarkson took advantage of its first power-play chance and made it 1-0 at 9:24 of the first. Bulldog defenders had two opportunities to clear the puck but could not get full fiberglass on the attempts. The puck came within range of Guthrie (3rd goal), the senior winger who one-timed it past Richards from the high slot.

Little entered the game leading the nation with four shorthanded goals. He got his fifth when the visitors got another man-advantage a few minutes later. Denny Kearney flipped a bouncing lead pass in front of his speedy linemate. LaVeau decided to stay in the crease rather than race Little to the puck. It turned out to be a bad choice because the Bulldog sophomore barely touched the puck before tucking it behind LaVeau at 11:12 for his 10th goal. That goal also gave Little the Yale record for shorthanders in a season and tied him with Andy Weidenbach for the career (5) mark.

The Elis outshot Clarkson 14-6 in the first frame, but both teams had at least three grade-A chances despite a 1-1 score at intermission.

The home team got another goal with a one-on-one situation with LaVeau early in the middle period. Anderson (2nd) took a pass at center ice from Matt Nelson and shielded the puck with his body while carrying to the top of the crease. He tried to tuck it around the Clarkson goalie but LaVeau squeezed his body and glove to secure the puck. Anderson's stick and LaVeau connected and the momentum carried goalie and puck over the goal line at the 5:30 mark of the second.

Yale made three in a row and the score 3-1 at 7:01 of the second. O'Neill (7th) flicked a shot from the left circle that went off a Clarkson skate and stunned LaVeau.

The Elis, who suffered through one of their worst periods of the season, did not cash in on the prosperity in the third. Clarkson hit the net three consecutive times within a 3:10 span to steal the victory.

Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey, did not feel like it was stolen at all.

"We got exactly what we deserved tonight," said Allain. "We were not sharp tonight, and it just took a while for them to take advantage of it. We came out with some energy, but we were not as sharp as we should be."

Julien Cayer's third goal of the year brought the Knights to within a goal at the 7:39 mark. Thirty-eight seconds later Adam Bellows took a feed from Lauri Tuohimaa at the top of the left circle and took a few steps before snapping off a low shot that went stick side on Richards at 9:45 to even the score at 3-3.

You could sense the walls were caving in on the Elis as they scrambled to clear pucks out of their end. During the three-minute goal span, everything that the Yale goalie stopped bounced around in a dangerous spot. The game-winner was the result of rebound that was put back wide and bounced off the boards and then sat near the crease. Richards did not know it came to the other side of the net and was caught out of position, and Anderson tried to jump in front of the put-back by Guthrie at 10:49.

Yale came close with a late power play but LaVeau came up with some of his best stops. The Elis continued to put the pressure on the Clarkson goal, even down a man.

Five different Elis had quality chances that either hit the post or got stopped by the Clarkson rookie netminder.

Allain pulled Richards with 1:29 left for the extra man, and then got a Clarkson penalty for a 6-on-4 advantage for 27 seconds.

Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD and Sports Publicity Director

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