By Cap Carey
POTSDAM — For the first time this season the Clarkson University men’s hockey team and its fans got to truly enjoy a home game.
Clarkson routed Princeton 7-2 before 2,313 fans at Cheel Arena in an ECAC Hockey game Saturday night, earning its first home win in five tries this season.
Clarkson (2-5-1 overall, 2-1-1 conference) pounced on the Tigers early as freshman Todd Christian scored on a rebound just 57 seconds into the game.
Christian and his linemates, Will Frederick and Jarrett Burton, produced the first three goals of the game for the Golden Knights.
Burton gave Clarkson a 2-0 lead when he scored his sixth goal of the season during a power play at 7 minutes, 1 second of the first period.
Princeton’s Kyle Rankin cut the lead to 2-1 at 9:07 of the first period, but Clarkson regained a two-goal lead when Frederick put in the rebound of a shot from Geiger at 4:19 of the second period for his first goal of the season.
After that line gave Clarkson three goals it was time for the McPherson/Sexton and Megannety line to put on a show.
Sexton scored on a slap shot from between the circles at 8:15 of the second period to make it 4-1 and then McPherson scored a power-play goal at 13:12 to extend the lead to 5-1.
Clarkson was in a similar position on Oct. 27 when it scored three quick goals at Cheel Arena against Niagara, but had to settle for a 4-4 tie.
Geiger scored Clarkson’s sixth goal at 16:38 of the second period, giving the defenseman a two-game, goal-scoring streak.
Joe Zarbo ended the scoring for Clarkson with the Golden Knights’ third power-play goal at 3:42 of the third period. Princeton’s Aaron Kesselman scored a power-play goal at 11:14.
The only negative for Clarkson was losing two forwards to injury in the third period. Captain Ben Sexton had to be carried off the bench early in the third period and Patrick Marsh suffered an injury midway through the period.
NOTES: Clarkson honored its women’s volleyball team before the start of Saturday’s game.
The Golden Knights won 31 games this year and reached the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. ... ECAC Hockey commissioner Steve Hagwell attended Saturday’s game. Former SLU coach Joe Marsh, who coached Prier and had him on his staff, also attended Saturday’s game.