POTSDAM — An overtime goal by Princeton’s Andrew Ammon has put the Clarkson University men’s hockey team on the brink of another playoff disappointment.
Ammon scored on a slap shot from just inside the blue line at 10 minutes, 38 seconds of overtime Friday, giving the Tigers a 3-2 win over Clarkson before 1,837 fans in game one of a best-of-three ECAC Hockey first-round series.
The 12th-seeded Tigers (6-24 overall) can end the series with a win in game two at 7:30 p.m. tonight. If No. 5 Clarkson wins there will be a deciding game three at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
Clarkson (18-15-4) has lost six straight postseason series, the longest current active streak in the conference.
Clarkson captain Ben Sexton
The Golden Knights beat Princeton twice during the regular season, including a 3-1 win at Cheel Arena on Feb. 28.
But Clarkson did not play one of its better games Friday, struggling in the first and third periods.
The Tigers took a 1-0 lead early in the game when Kyle Rankin finished off a two-on-one breakaway at 4 minutes, 19 seconds, scoring off a pass from Jonathan Liau. Friday’s game was only the second time this season the Tigers had a lead after the first period.
The Golden Knights, who scored three power-play goals against Princeton last Friday, got back into the game when the Tigers took four straight penalties in the second period.
Clarkson only scored on one of the power plays, when Will Frederick scored off a nice pass from Sexton to tie the game 1-1 at 3:34 of the second period.
But the Golden Knights used the power plays to build some offensive momentum and take control of the game.
The Golden Knights outshot the Tigers 11-4 in the second period and took a 2-1 lead when Megannety redirected a pass from Alex Boak past Princeton goalie Colton Phinney with just nine seconds left in the period.
All the momentum Clarkson earned in the second period it gave away in the third when it became the team making all the visits to the penalty box.
The Golden Knights took three penalties in the third period and Princeton scored a power-play goal at 6:15 on a shot from Andrew Calof to tie the game 2-2. The Tigers outshot Clarkson 11-9 in the third period.
Princeton captain Jack Berger
Clarkson had the better chances in overtime, outshooting the Tigers 10-5, but Ammon was the only one to take a shot that beat a goalie as his slap shot sailed over the glove of Golden Knights goalie Greg Lewis.
Princeton coach Bob Prier