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Brown finishes Clarkson’s year

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Clarkson finally found its scoring touch Saturday night but it came too late and its season ended in a 4-3 loss to Brown in the second game of an ECAC Hockey first round series Saturday night.

The seventh-seeded Bears (13-12-6) scored the first three goals of the game and built a 4-1 lead by the end of the second period.

Clarkson (9-20-7), the No. 10 seed, rallied with two goals in the third period to cut the deficit to one, but could not find a tying goal as time expired. The Golden Knights had not scored in three games.

“We were jumping in the first (period) and we took a bad penalty and it sets us back and we didn’t handle adversity well,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “You can’t play playoff hockey and give up five odd-man rushes in the first period. Ultimately we got what we deserved.”

Brown took the lead for good with a power-play goal from Matt Lorito at 8 minutes, 16 seconds of the opening period.

Jake Goldberg scored a second goal for the Bears at 12:31 and Dennis Robertson made it 3-0 with a goal at 16:28 of the opening period.

Clarkson snapped a scoreless streak that reached 218 minutes, 50 seconds with a goal from Joe Zarbo at 17;21 of the first to cut the lead to 3-1.

The Bears regained a three-goal lead at 13:10 of the second period after another power-play goal, this one coming from Goldberg.

“Their power play was better than advertised,” Jones said.

Clarkson finally found a way to get past Bears goalie Anthony Borelli in the third period, firing 17 shots and scoring on two power plays.

Jarrett Burton scored both goals for Clarkson, his first coming at 5:49 of the third with Ben Sexton and Pat Megannety assisting. Sexton also assisted on Burton’s goal at 16:41.

“I thought (Borelli) was a major difference in the series,” Jones said. “Friday night I thought we outplayed them. I thought we deserved a better fate and we were snakebitten scoring goals.”

Jones pulled freshman goalie Greg Lewis after the second and let senior Cody Rosen close out the game.

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