By Cap Carey
POTSDAM — Fortunately for the Clarkson University men’s hockey team nothing from Sunday afternoon’s 6-2 loss to Carleton University will count.
The Golden Knights fell behind 4-0 after one period in a season-opening exhibition game before 1,847 at Cheel Arena and went on to lose to the Ravens for the second time in five years.
Clarkson thought it had taken a 1-0 lead just 12 seconds into the game when a shot from behind the circles by Will Frederick appeared to trickle between the legs of Carleton goalie Ryan Dube.
The officials reviewed the play on video for several minutes before deciding it was not a goal.
After controlling play early, Clarkson fell behind 1-0 when Carleton’s Mike Folkes put a shot over the glove of Clarkson goalie Andrew Hunt at 8 minutes, 23 seconds of the first period.
The Golden Knights had a chance to tie the game when Carleton’s Charles Carre was called for interference at 13:35 of the first period.
But the Ravens struck with a shorthanded goal from Shane Bakker at 14:07 to give Carleton a 2-0 lead. Clarkson’s Andrew Himelson lost an edge to his skate while trying to keep the puck from crossing the blue line, slipped and Bakker took control and skated in unimpeded on Hunt.
Carleton used the momentum from the goal and scored two more times before the opening period ended on shots from Mitch Porowski (16:14) and Shane Bakker (18:15).
The deficit got worse for Clarkson early in the second period as Carleton built a 6-0 lead after Andrew Glass (5:23) and Nick Duhn (12:01) scored.
Clarkson scored its first goal at 16:57 of the second period when Sam Labrecque put a shot between the legs of Dube. Simon Bessette and Adam Pawlick assisted on the play.
Pawlick, however, suffered a knee injury early in the third period and had to be helped off the ice. His status for next weekend’s opening series at Colorado College is not known.
Freshman defenseman Paul Geiger scored Clarkson’s second goal at 9:14 of the third period on a shot from near the blue line during a power play.
NOTES: Senior Cody Rosen played in goal the second and third periods and stopped 14 of 16 shots. Many of Clarkson’s came from defensemen. Alex Boak had five shots and Nik Pokulok and Labrecque each had four. Clarkson captain Ben Sexton went 18-11 on faceoffs. Clarkson opens the season at Colorado College on Friday and Saturday.