POTSDAM, NY – Clarkson's Nick Tremblay capitalized on a defensive mistake by the Bears midway through the second period to help lift the Golden Knights (9-10-5, 3-4-3) to a 2-2 tie with the Brown men's hockey team (6-7-3, 3-4-2) on Saturday evening at Cheel Arena. For the Bears, it was their third straight overtime game, while the tie marked the second straight for sophomore goalie Marco De Filippo (Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy), who also posted a 2-2 tie last Saturday against Quinnipiac.
Originally scheduled to be the Bears' second game of the weekend, Saturday's contest at Clarkson became the weekend opener for Brown after Friday's game at St. Lawrence was postponed until Sunday due to power outages and a winter storm in the area.
Tremblay's tying goal came at the 9:23 mark of the second period, as he took an errant pass in the Bears' defensive end and fired it into the open net for his 10th goal of the year. His goal would prove to be the final score of the game, though Brown nearly came away with the win just 29 seconds into overtime. Skating on a two-on-one break, senior Jack Maclellan (Calgary, ALB) fed freshman Ryan Jacobson (Greenwood Village, CO) on the right post. Jacobson redirected the puck to the near side, but the puck glanced off the right post, as the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
Despite getting outshot, 17-5, during the opening period, the Bears scored the game's first goal, taking a 1-0 lead just 6:47 after opening whistle. With a faceoff to Paul Karpowich's left, Maclellan won the draw to freshman Matt Lorito (Oakville, ONT) on his left. Lorito skated through the slot and wristed the puck past Karpowich, beating him five-hole, from the top of the crease for his third goal of the year. Both Maclellan (7 games) and Lorito (6 games) extended their respective consecutive game point-scoring streaks with the points.
The lead was short-lived however, as Clarkson tied the score at 1-1 at 14:50 when Will Frederick collected the puck off a rebound of a shot by James Howden and slipped it past De Filippo, who had made the initial stop.
Just 11 seconds after the goal, three players from both teams were whistled for infractions, which resulted in the teams skating four-on-four for two minutes and then a three-minute Clarkson power play after junior Chris Zaires (Aberdeen, NJ) was assessed a five-minute major. The Bears were able to kill the power play, but with 57 seconds left in the period, senior Jeff Buvinow (Turnersville, NJ) was called for tripping, giving the Golden Knights a two-man advantage for 58 seconds and then another 1:02 power play to open the second period.
Just 15 seconds after the Golden Knights' power play expired, Buvinow's first of the year gave Brown a 2-1 lead. After Clarkson's Louke Oakley hit the power, the Bears regained control and skated in on a two-on-one with Buvinow coming out of the penalty box. Buvinow collected the puck from junior Richie Crowley (Canton, MA) and skated it up the left wing, before wristing a shot to the far side of the net from the top of the left faceoff circle.
A defensive miscue led to Clarkson tying the score at 2-2 just prior to the midway point of the second period. De Filippo had the puck behind the Brown net and went to pass to up to Buvinow. However, the pass went right to Tremblay, who capitalized and fired the puck into the open net at 9:23. Clarkson nearly went up 3-2 with just over eight minutes left in the period on another Tremblay goal. However, the goal was immediately waved off by the official, who ruled that the puck had been kicked in.
Brown held during the first half of the third period, killing back-to-back penalties in the first six minutes. However, the Bears were unable to convert on a pair of late power plays of their own, as the score remained tied, 2-2, with under five minutes left to play.
For the game, De Filippo finished with 39 saves, while Karpowich made 15 for the Golden Knights. Brown will remain in the North Country for an extra night and will face St. Lawrence on Sunday afternoon, January 15th, in a 4:00 p.m. contest. Originally scheduled for Friday night, the game with the Saints was moved to Sunday due to power outages and a winter storm that swept through the area on Thursday and Friday.
BROWN 1 1 0 0 - 2
CLARKSON 1 1 0 0 - 2
First period – B, Lorito (Maclellan), 6:47; C, Frederick (Howden, Morley), 14:50. Penalties – B, 5-13; C, 4-8.
Second period – B, Buvinow (Crowley, Farnham), 1:18; C, Tremblay (unassisted), 9:23. Penalties – B, 2-4; C, 2-4.
Third Period – No Scoring. Penalties – B, 2-4; C, 2-4.
Overtime – No Scoring. Penalties – B, 0-0; C, 0-0.
B, Marco De Filippo (65:00), 16-10-11-2 – 39; C, Paul Karpowich (65:00), 4-5-5-1 – 15.