Ben Sexton scored a goal with 6 minutes, 12 seconds left in the third overtime period, giving the Clarkson University men's hockey team a 4-3 win over Rensselaer and forcing a deciding game at 7 tonight in a first-round ECAC Hockey playoff series.
It was the longest game in Clarkson history and featured 97 total shots, with RPI taking 53 and Clarkson 44 on Saturday.
Sexton was immediately mobbed by his teammates as soon as the goal went in and the scoreboard at Cheel Arena immediately flashed information to buy tickets for tonight's game.
It was the longest game in the history of both teams and the sixth longest game in NCAA Division I history.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
C.J. Lee gave RPI an early lead with a power-play goal at 8:43 of the first period.
Clarkson (16-16-6 overall) started game two with the same problem it had in the opener, taking four penalties in the first 12:02 of the game.
But unlike Friday, when it scored three times on the power play, RPI (11-22-3) was only able to convert on one of its chances Saturday.
The Golden Knights tied the game 1-1 off a power-play goal from Nick Tremblay at 15:56 of the first period.
RPI scored the only goal of the second period on an unassisted goal from Patrick Cullen at 6:47. Cullen's shot deflected off the skate of a Clarkson defenseman and went between the legs of goalie Paul Karpowich.
Clarkson answered again with another power-play goal at 6:25 of the third period, this one coming on a slap shot from just inside the blue line by defenseman Alex Boak. Engineers goalie Bryce Merriam was screened on the play.
RPI took a lead again at 11:00 of the third period when a shot from Bo Dolan bounced off the boards behind the net and went right to Cullen, who put in the rebound.
Clarkson tied the game 3-3 at 15:01 of the third period when another defenseman, Sam Labrecque, scored a strong goal on a wrist shot by the boards.
RPI had a good chance to score in overtime as Clarkson's Patrick Marsh was given a five-minute major with 23.8 seconds left in the third period. But the Engineers were unable to capitalize.
The Engineers best chance to score in the first overtime came on a shot from Nick Bailen near the crease, but Karpowich stuck his leg out and made the save.
RPI had another good chance to score in the second overtime when Jacob Laliberte had a breakaway, but Karpowich stuffed it with 11:23 remaining.