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POTSDAM — A major penalty by Cornell sparked the Clarkson University men’s hockey team to its most productive outing against the Big Red in 14 years Saturday night.

Clarkson beat Cornell 6-3 before 2,490 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena. It was the most goals Clarkson has scored against the Big Red since a 6-2 win on Jan. 2, 1999. It also snapped a 10-game winless streak against Cornell.

Cornell (8-11-2 overall, 4-8-2 conference) held a 1-0 lead late in the first period when forward Joel Lowry received a major penalty and a game misconduct for hitting Jarrett Burton from behind at 18 minutes, 8 seconds.

Clarkson (6-13-7, 5-6-3) responded by scoring three goals during the five-minute power play and never trailed again the rest of the way.

“If they are going to take a penalty like that, you want to make them pay,” Clarkson’s Allan McPherson said. “That really jump-started everything.”

T.J. Moor started the scoring for Clarkson just 20 seconds after the hit, tying the game 1-1. McPherson then scored an unassisted goal on a shot from between the circles at 19:32 to give Clarkson a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.

Moor ended the spurt by scoring on a breakaway at 1:12 of the second period, converting on a pass from Paul Geiger for his third goal of the weekend.

“It was a great weekend for me,” Moor said. “I think we stuck to a team game and that’s what really won tonight’s game. We’ve been working hard on the power play in practice, and it’s really starting to show on the ice.”

It was the second straight game in which Cornell was hurt by a major. The Big Red was in a 2-2 tie with St. Lawrence on Friday night when Jacob MacDonald was called for boarding with 5:34 remaining. The Saints scored twice to win 4-2 and Saturday’s loss was the fifth straight for Cornell.

“The major was not a major last night,” Cornell coach Mike Schafer said. “Our kid hit (Burton) tonight in the numbers, but it was no different than Brian Ferlin getting crosschecked, headfirst into the boards at the other end. Our play is what’s putting us in a hole right now.”

Cornell cut Clarkson’s lead to 3-2 with a power-play goal from Nick D’Agostino at 7:40 of the second period. Clarkson responded with a goal from James Howden at 8:52 to regain a two-goal lead, only to see Cornell’s Ferlin score with 60 seconds left in the second period to make it 4-3.

But unlike Friday’s 4-4 tie with Colgate, where Clarkson never could gain a two-goal advantage, the Golden Knights responded every time Cornell cut into the lead Saturday.

The most controversial goal of the game came at 3:12 of the third period when Burton gave Clarkson a 5-3 lead on a shot from behind the net that appeared to go off the back of Big Red goalie Andy Iles. The play was reviewed to see if Burton’s stick was too high on the shot, but the goal counted.

“It was a nice play by (Ben Sexton) to find me coming through the middle there,” Burton said. “I was trying to fake (Iles) out a little bit and kind of jam it, but it just kind of floated behind the net. The puck kind of landed in the air. I batted it and it went off Iles back and in. It was kind of a lucky goal, but it’s nice to get those sometimes.”

Will Frederick ended a 10-goal weekend for the Golden Knights by scoring at 17:06 of the third period.

“I thought our transition game was pretty good tonight in terms of guys hitting holes and getting behind (defenders),” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said.

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