POTSDAM — It may not have felt like a win to Clarkson, but Saturday’s 3-3 tie sure felt like a loss to St. Lawrence University’s hockey team.
The Saints came off the ice at the end of the ECAC Hockey game visibly upset after blowing a three-goal lead in the third period.
SLU (9-10-3 overall, 2-5-3 ECAC Hockey) was hoping to snap a three-game losing streak against the Golden Knights and win a game in Cheel Arena for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
Over the last three seasons SLU has gone just 1-7-1 against Clarkson and the Saints have not won an ECAC Hockey game against the Golden Knights since the 2009-10 season.
When SLU took a 3-0 lead with 11 minutes, 7 seconds left in Saturday’s game, which was played before a crowed of 3,811, it looked like that streak would end, especially since Clarkson had not scored more than two goals in an entire game since Dec. 8, the last time it faced the Saints.
The comeback began for Clarkson (4-12-6, 3-5-2) when freshman Pat Megannety scored a power-play goal at 8:53 of the third on a shot that went between the legs of Saints goalie Matt Weninger. The goal was Clarkson’s first power-play goal since Nov. 30 and snapped an 0-for-26 slump for the Golden Knights.
Clarkson cut the Saints lead to 3-2 at 12:50 when defenseman Alex Boak put in the rebound of a shot from defenseman Sam Labrecque.
The tying goal came on another shot from Megannety with 2:44 left when he scored off a pass from freshman T.J. Moor, who assisted on Clarkson’s final two goals.
What pleased Clarkson coach Casey Jones was not merely the comeback, but the approach his team took to earn a point in a game that appeared lost.
SLU had a chance to get an early lead Saturday when it had a two-man advantage for 1:40 just 4:03 into the contest. But Clarkson killed that penalty and held the Saints to just five shots on four power-play chances in the opening period.
Greg Carey gave SLU a 1-0 lead with a goal on a wrist shot at 9:40 of the second period.
Jeremy Wick gave SLU a 2-0 lead with a power-play goal at 1:22 of the third period and Flanagan made it 3-0 with a goal at 6:12 when the Saints had a three-on-one breakaway.
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