CAMBRIDGE, Mass. For a second straight game one of Clarksons 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 mens 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 its especially tough on the road, Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. To get three of the four games, were ecstatic about that.
Fridays 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.
Its nice, Jones said of the duos 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 Saturdays game was still tied 1-1 late was Clarksons frustration on the power play. Before McPhersons 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 its the kiss of death when you dont 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 McPhersons 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.