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College hockey: Early deficit does in Clarkson

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A tough first period cost the Clarkson University men’s hockey team as defending national champion Yale defeated the Golden Knights 6-3 before 3,500 fans in an ECAC Hockey game Saturday night at Ingalls Rink.

Clarkson (7-2-1 overall, 1-1 conference) scored first on a shot from defenseman Kevin Tansey at 7 minutes, 25 seconds of the opening period.

But Yale (2-1-1, 1-0-1) responded with a goal from Anthony Day at 8:53 and then a power-play goal from Frankie DiChiara at 10:22 to take the lead for good.

The Bulldogs outshot Clarkson 14-9 in the opening 20 minutes and had two power-play opportunities to Clarkson’s none.

“It set us back on our heels,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said of the first period. “We were in penalty trouble because they were more ready for that level of game than we were, to start.”

Yale also had a strong second period, outshooting Clarkson 17-8 and extending the lead to 3-1 on a power-play goal from Day. The Bulldogs had four more chances on the power play in the second period, finishing 2 for 6 for the game.

“We aren’t going to be perfect, in terms of our game,” Jones said. “We were a step off of what makes us good and (Yale) did a good job of swarming us and making us make turnovers.”

Yale upped the lead to 4-1 when Jesse Root scored just 3:43 into the third period.

But Clarkson responded with two goals in 65 seconds to cut Yale’s lead to 4-3. Tansey struck first, on a power play, for his second goal of the night, and Joe Zarbo produced his fourth goal of the season at 9:25.

“(Tansey) has a good shot,” Jones said. “He’s just a competitive player. His growth will be a key to us going forward.”

Yale put the game away with two goals in the final 8:28, beginning with a goal from Chris Izmirlian at 11:32 and then an empty-net goal from Matthew Beattie at 18:46.

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