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Clarkson, UMass-Lowell play to 1-1 tie

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LOWELL, Mass. — Sam Labrecque scored with 5 minutes, 41 seconds left in the third period to help the Clarkson University men’s hockey team salvage a 1-1 tie with UMass-Lowell in a nonconference game Friday night before 3,457 at the Tsongas Center.

Clarkson (12-5-2 overall) was in danger of losing a season-high third straight game, including a second straight to the River Hawks, before Labrecque’s goal, which came during a four-on-four situation.

“(Labrecque) had some good scoring chances tonight,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “It was good to see he buried that opportunity.”

The Golden Knights came back from the Christmas break last weekend and lost a pair of games in the University of Vermont Tournament, falling 3-2 to the Catamounts and then losing 3-1 to UMass-Lowell on Sunday.

Clarkson faces the River Hawks (13-5-1) for a third straight game at 4 this afternoon.

UMass-Lowell finished with a 39-28 edge in shots, including an 18-8 advantage in the third period and overtime.

But Golden Knights goalie Steve Perry, who did not play Sunday against the River Hawks, finished with 38 saves and was chosen as the game’s first star.

“Steve played well in nets,” Jones said. “You need good goaltending against good teams on the road.”

Both games with the River Hawks have been low scoring.

Last Sunday’s game was tied 1-1 before UMass-Lowell scored two goals in the final 5:39.

“There was a lot of physicality in the game,” Jones said. “It was the best officiated game I’ve been part of in a long time. The puck was bouncing a bit tonight. It wasn’t our best game with the puck.

“I thought we had some guys play really well,” Jones added. “I thought our senior class did a fantastic job.”

The only goal Perry allowed came at 7:02 of the first period on a shot from Joseph Pendenza that went just under the crossbar.

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