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Dartmouth 6, Clarkson 1

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POTSDAM — Dartmouth College stunned the Clarkson University men's hockey team in the first period and went on to claim a 6-1 win over the Golden Knights in an ECAC Hockey game before 2,404 fans on Saturday night at Cheel Arena.

The Big Green (6-16-3 overall, 5-12-1 conference) scored four goals in the opening period, with the final one coming on a shot with 0.3 seconds left by Eric Neilly.

Dartmouth's Eric Neilly

Clarkson (17-13-2, 10-8) started off well up until Dartmouth's Rick Pinkston scored the first goal of the game, on a shot that deflected off a Clarkson stick, at 9 minutes, 23 seconds. That started a spurt which saw the Big Green produce three goals in 2:51.

Brad Schierhorn made it 2-0 at 10:50 and Neilly scored his first goal of the game at 12:14 to end the spurt. After the third goal Clarkson coach Casey Jones pulled starting goalie Steve Perry from the game and replaced him with Greg Lewis.

Clarkson coach Casey Jones

The scoring spurt was surprising because Dartmouth had led in a game after one period just five times this season and in the last two seasons at Cheel Arena the Big Green were unable to score. Pinkston's first goal snapped a scoreless streak in the building of 133:29.

Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet

Clarkson tried to work its way back in the game and finally got a goal at 17:31 of the second period on a power-play shot from freshman Jordan Boucher, which was his second goal of the season. A.J. Fossen and Joe Zarbo assisted. That goal snapped a streak of 112:21 for the Golden Knights without a goal.

Thirty seconds into the third period Clarkson thought it had cut Dartmouth's lead to 4-2 on a shot from senior Allan McPherson, but the score was waved off by an official.

Dartmouth then put the game officially out of reach by scoring two more goals just 1:16 apart on shots from Grant Opperman (3:25) and Schierhorn (4:41).

Clarkson's Jarrett Burton

While Clarkson didn't lose its fourth-place spot in the standings it did see some of the teams behind it move closer. Sixth-place Yale now trails Clarkson by just one point and Rensselaer is now just two points behind the Golden Knights and hosts Clarkson on Saturday night in Troy.

Clarkson's Will Frederick

NOTES: Clarkson was missing senior captain Ben Sexton, who did not play in either game this weekend after suffering an injury last Saturday against Princeton. Sophomore Simon Bessette will miss the rest of the season with an injury. Sophomore forward T.J. Moor left school two weeks ago for personal reasons. He scored six goals with eight assists in 36 games in his career.

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