HANOVER, N.H. The Clarkson University mens hockey team survived a sluggish second period and defeated Dartmouth College 3-2 in an ECAC Hockey game on Friday night at Thompson Arena.
Clarkson (8-2-1 overall, 2-1 conference) took a 2-0 lead after one period, but Dartmouth (0-5, 0-3) dominated the second period, outshooting Clarkson 16-9.
Clarkson compounded its problems in that period by getting in penalty trouble, which resulted in two quick power-play goals from the Big Green that tied the game.
I thought we had about 45-50 minutes of good hockey, Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. We got away from ourselves in the second period there.
In the first and third periods, I thought we were very good. We are still learning as a team, Jones added.
After Dartmouth tied the game, Clarkson responded right away with a good shift by a line centered by Troy Josephs, which also features A.J. Fossen and Jeff DiNallo. They drew a cross-checking penalty on Dartmouths Brandon McNally and Clarkson took advantage with a power-play goal from Ben Sexton at 14 minutes, 29 seconds, to conclude the scoring.
We got a power play that was critical, Jones said. I thought the next shift (after Dartmouths second goal), they went to work down low, gave us great energy and seized the game again. We did a good job scoring a goal there.
It was a good turn of events for us. A lot of people did some things tonight.
Dartmouth has still not led in any game this year, so Sextons goal was big in keeping the Big Green from perhaps gaining long-sought momentum.
We wanted to get the lead on them to see if that would also have an effect on us, Jones said. They played extremely well and had us on our heels.
Clarkson took a 1-0 lead at 9:53 of the first period off a goal from Will Frederick, with Sexton and Jarrett Burton assisting.
Matt Zarbos first goal of the season extended Clarksons lead to 2-0, with Simon Besette and Perry DArrisso recording assists.
Dartmouths comeback began with a five-on-three, power-play goal from Grant Opperman at 11:20 of the second period, and Eric Neiley scored another power-play goal just 1:11 later.
After being outshot 16-9 in the second period, Clarkson responded and outshot the Big Green 14-3 in the third period to finish with a 32-28 edge in shots.