POTSDAM — Clarkson’s final nonconference game of the season was one the Golden Knights would like to forget and one that will impact more than just one game.
UMass-Lowell scored four times in the first 21 minutes of the game and went on to beat Clarkson 6-2 before 2,087 fans at Cheel Arena. Even worse than just losing, Clarkson also lost captain Ben Sexton for Friday’s home ECAC Hockey game against Brown after he was given a game disqualification for spearing at 13 minutes, 18 seconds of the third period.
Clarkson (4-10-5 overall) had a chance to take an early lead when UMass-Lowell’s Dmitry Sinitsyn was called for holding just 3 minutes, 20 seconds into the game.
But 24 seconds into the power play UMass-Lowell defenseman Chad Ruhwedel scored a shorthanded goal to give the River Hawks (9-7-1) an early lead.
Clarkson led early in Friday’s 2-1 loss, but never could get the second goal to put pressure on UMass-Lowell.
The River Hawks did that Saturday, taking a 2-0 lead on a goal from Shayne Thompson at 10:01 of the first period and making it 3-0 at 12:52 when Scott Wilson scored just before UMass-Lowell was about to start a power play.
As if the 3-0 deficit wasn’t bad enough for Clarkson, UMass-Lowell scored a fourth goal just 17 seconds into the second period when Ruhwedel found Riley Wetmore for a one-timer.
The fourth goal was a blow Clarkson struggled to recover from.
Wetmore scored again for the River Hawks and 9:10 of the third to give UMass-Lowell a 5-0 lead. Clarkson finally got a goal at 10:51 of the third period on a shot from McPherson and cut the deficit to 5-2 with a shorthanded goal from Will Frederick at 15:31.
The River Hawks scored a power-play goal at 17:47 on a shot from 17:47 to end the scoring.
Clarkson ends the nonconference portion of its schedule with a 1-7-4 record, but is 3-3-1 in ECAC Hockey and has three straight conference games at home, beginning with Brown and Yale next weekend.