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Clarkson edges Princeton, 4-3

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PRINCETON, N.J. — The Clarkson University men’s hockey team survived a strong third-period by Princeton University to claim a 4-3 win before 2,245 in an ECAC Hockey game at Hobey Baker Rink on Saturday.

Clarkson (17-11-2 overall, 10-6-0 conference) lost senior captain Ben Sexton to injury late in the first period. Sexton, who only played in 67 total games in his first three seasons, was hit hard into the boards and had to be helped off the ice. He never returned and his status will not be known until later this week.

Clarkson had a 1-0 lead at the time of Sexton’s injury as Jeff DiNallo scored a power-play goal 2 minutes, 27 seconds into the game, with Sexton and Allan McPherson assisting.

“Our guys have responded all year,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said of how his team dealt with the situation. “It’s unfortunate there with injuries. They’ve rallied and responded all year to those circumstances.”

Jarrett Burton scored early in the second period to extend Clarkson’s lead to 2-0, producing his goal seven seconds in. On Friday, in a 6-3 loss to Quinnipiac, Burton scored 27 seconds into the middle period.

Princeton (4-19, 3-13), inspired by a 7-1 loss to St. Lawrence University on Friday, responded with two goals by Andrew Ammon 6:33 apart in the second period to tie the game, 2-2. It was the third straight Saturday in which Clarkson has blown a 2-0 lead.

“Their coaches were disappointed (Friday) with their game,” Jones said. “We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game and they played hard.”

Clarkson took the lead for good at 15:21 of the second on a goal from James Howden and then McPherson scored an unassisted goal 5:10 into the third to give the Golden Knights a 4-2 edge.

Clarkson had a chance to put the game out of reach at 8:58 of the third when Princeton’s Ryan Siiro was called for boarding and given a game misconduct.

But instead of scoring, Clarkson allowed a short-handed goal to Hayden Anderson at 13:07 and then held off a late Princeton surge, as the Tigers outshot Clarkson 17-5 in the final period.

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