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College hockey: McPherson propels Golden Knights, 2-1

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — For a second straight game one of Clarkson’s senior leaders came through when the team needed him most.

Allan McPherson scored a power-play goal with two minutes remaining Saturday to lead the men’s team to a 2-1 win over Harvard in an ECAC Hockey game at the Bright Hockey Center.

The win gives Clarkson (9-2-1 overall, 3-1 conference) a weekend sweep and three wins in a stretch that saw the team open the conference schedule with four straight road games.

“This league is tough to win in, and it’s especially tough on the road,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “To get three of the four games, we’re ecstatic about that.”

Friday’s win came when senior captain Ben Sexton scored a power-play goal after Dartmouth had rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game 2-2.

“It’s nice,” Jones said of the duo’s effort. “They are two good players and you expect that from your guys. Someone has to step up and make a big play in a tight game.”

One reason Saturday’s game was still tied 1-1 late was Clarkson’s frustration on the power play. Before McPherson’s goal, the Golden Knights had been 0-of-7 on the power play, including two instances where it had a two-man advantage for a time.

“Usually it’s the kiss of death when you don’t score on a five-on-three,” Jones said. “(Harvard) did a good job of blocking shots.”

Clarkson took a lead at 13 minutes, 11 seconds of the opening period when freshman James de Haas scored his second goal of the season, with A.J. Fossen and Jeff DiNallo assisting.

The Crimson (2-3-1, 1-3-1) responded with a power-play goal from Jimmy Vesey 76 seconds into the second period to tie the game.

Clarkson, which is 7-0-1 this year in games decided by two goals or less, kept patient and found a way to add another victory on McPherson’s goal, assisted by de Haas and Sam Labrecque.

“At that point in the game you are just trying to find ways to win the game,” Jones said.

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