On Saturday night, the Clarkson University Men's Hockey team faced off against the St. Lawrence Saints. This game was hyped up to be one of the biggest games of the season, as the rivalry between in the North Country continues on. With nearly 3,800 fans in attendance, Cheel Arena saw its 5th largest crowd since moving from Walker Center.
It only took the Knights 3 minutes and 43 seconds to open the scoring on the night, as Bryan Rufenach launched a one-timer past the Saint's sieve, Petizian. Calling for the one-timer, Louke Oakley slid the puck over the Rufenach, who powered one past the netminder from the blueline, for a power-play marker that put the Knights up 1-0. SLU(t) later tied the match, on the power play as well. However, the Saints goal was not even fully announced before Julien Cayer banged home a rebound to put the Knights back on top. To add to the lead, Nick Tremblay notched another PPG for Clarkson with 21 seconds left in the first to send the Knights into the intermission, holding a 3-1 advantage.
The second period went with no scoring. Saint Lawrence did replace their sieve, however, with Robby Moss. Karpowich, in the meantime, stayed in net, and finished with 30 saves for the Green and Gold.
Scott Freeman added insurance in the third period to give the Knights a 4-1 lead, which they would not look back on. Karpowich stayed steady in net, and Clarkson finished off the game in fashion, beating their Canton rivalries.
Now owning a 3-2 record on the year, Clarkson will make a trip out West this weekend for two very tough matches against Minnesota-Duluth.