POTSDAM — Friday night's ECAC Hockey contest against Brown University was another frustrating and confusing home game for the Clarkson University men's hockey team.
Clarkson fell 3-2 to the Bears before 2,121 fans, giving the Golden Knights four straight losses at home and dropping Clarkson's record in Cheel Arena to 1-7-1 this season, 1-8-1 if you include a loss to Carleton University in an exhibition game.
The Golden Knights led twice in Friday's game, but never could get a two-goal lead against the Bears (5-6-4 overall, 1-3-4 ECAC Hockey). And Clarkson again struggled on offense, producing two or fewer goals for a fourth straight game.
The Golden Knights (4-11-5, 3-4-1) got off to a good start when Matt Zarbo scored just 2 minutes, 3 seconds into the game on a shot from along the boards that hit the glove of Brown goalie Anthony Borelli, who grew up around the corner from Zarbo in Grand Island, and trickled into the net.
Brown answered the goal when Ryan Jacobson got a pass from Mark Naclerio and put the shot into an open corner of the net at 7:47 of the first period.
Defenseman Sam Labrecque scored on a quick pass from behind the goal line from Jeff DiNallo to give Clarkson a 2-1 lead at 11:54 of the first period.
But the Bears responded with a second goal from Jacobson at 17:41 of the first period, on the only power play of the game, to tie the score 2-2.
Late in the second period Brown began to take control of the game and kept the puck in Clarkson's zone for most of the final three minutes, finally scoring with 45.4 seconds left on a shot from Matt Harlow to close out the scoring.
The goal came just after a faceoff and Jones was trying to make a line change but was denied by the officials, even though the home team is supposed to get the final change.