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Evans’ Rebound Goal Lifts Clarkson

— David Evans scored with 4:49 left in the third period and the Clarkson Golden Knights hung on to defeat the homestanding Rensselaer Engineers, 3-2.

With the win, the Golden Knights move to 7-6-3 (2-2-2 ECAC), and the Engineers fall to 10-6-1 (4-4-1 ECAC).

With time winding down in the third period, Clarkson’s Kent Huskins took a shot from the blueline which Nathan Marsters saved. But Evans dug the rebound out from in front of Marsters and backhanded one past Marsters for what turned out to be the game winner.

“I’ve been struggling to put the puck in the net,” said Evans. “Hopefully I can get rolling now.”

“I’m proud for David — this is home turf for him and anybody that plays in their own backyard likes to have a game finish on that note,” said Clarkson head coach Mark Morris of the Capital District native. “He’s been through a tough stretch trying to put the puck away, so this was a huge one for him and his confidence.”

Rensselaer coach Dan Fridgen was frustrated about the one lapse that cost his team the game.

“Third period, lost faceoff, a missed assignment and a goal, it’s that simple,” said Fridgen. “It’s disappointing but we have to park it and come back strong tomorrow.”

The Engineers had come back from an early 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the first period. Just 1:52 in, the Golden Knights broke the ice with a power-play goal by Huskins. Huskins had the puck come to him at the right faceoff circle, and with Engineer goaltender Kevin Kurk out of
position, Huskins had an empty net to put the puck in.

The Knights would make it 2-0 just 1:21 later as Murray Kuntz’s shot eluded Kurk and ended his night in favor of Marsters.

With 2:37 left in the first period, the Engineers inched closer as Marc Cavosie, fresh from a stint at the World Junior Championships, came down the right wing and snapped a shot that went high on goaltender Mike Walsh, making it 2-1.

Just 37 seconds later, Scott Basiuk took a shot from the blueline that hit Cavosie in front and went off of Walsh and into the net, tying the score at 2-2.

“I was having trouble getting to the net, so I decided to shoot and let it rip and it ended up working out well,” said Cavosie. “The second goal was just a battle in front of the net and it went off me. Sometimes those are the goals you get.”

The game remained that way until Evans won it in the third, but it could easily have been different. Both teams hit the post a few times, and the Engineers had five breakaways that were either shot wide or stoned by Walsh.

“We’d like to have some of those breakaways back, but Mike Walsh had a fantastic outing for us and he came up big when he was called upon,” said Morris. “He was the difference in the game tonight.”

“It was a big win and this one we had to work for it,” said Evans. “It’s a big win for our team and now the ECAC is heating up and we can start our season.”

The Golden Knights will travel to Union on Saturday evening, while the Engineers will host St. Lawrence.

“They played a real solid game and they us pinned in our end a lot, so it was hard for us to get out and get shots on net,” said Cavosie. “It’s a tough loss, but we’ll come back.”

Morris hopes this is the type of win that will propel his team toward another of those legendary second-half runs.

“We got off the beaten path for a short time,” said Morris. “RPI’s a team that can turn a two-goal lead around in a hurry. We controlled most of the first, the second period we had to kill way too many penalties, and in the third period, we dug our heels in and made sure we had something to build on because it’s been kind of a dismal start for us so far.”

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  • Phoenixfyre1313

    Could this article be slanted any more east?   I don’t think so!

  • Leggs2

    That’s because the best teams are in the east.
    That’s what this country needs, more looking to the “right” and less to the “left”.
    ;-)

    • Richard

      Best teams are in the east not hardly.  Try watching a game outside your own backyard.   Lazy!

  • WildShawn

    The Beanpot brings out the best in 2 of the 4 participants

    • RichaRD

      Beanpot………………yawn.

  • Krader

    An article about goaltenders and no mention of Niagara’s Chris Noonan who is 2nd in the nation in gaa (1.71) and tied for 1st in the nation in save percentage (.940). If there is to be 4 goalies in the Hobey conversation then he is certainly one of them.

    • Anonymous

      He plays in the AHA…

  • Anonymous

    McKee should have won that Hobey too

  • Vanek

    I think Miller’s numbers should be ignored. If a goalie is the best player in the country then give him the Hobey.

  • Anonymous

    just hand connolly the hobey

  • Sjl442

    There needs to be a Vezina like award given to NCAA D1 goalies….they always get overlooked when their position is clearly the most difficult on the ice

  • DutchFan

    Grosenick with another shutout tonight in U’s 3-0 win over Princeton in his return from injury.

  • averman

    What about Kent Patterson of UMN? He has 7 shutouts and 21 wins this year.  The team also appears to live and die by him, based on the swing from last week in Denver and this weekend against Bemidji State.

  • Jason

    No mention of Patterson? Are we being serious right now? He has 7 shutouts, 2.09 GAA, 21 wins, and plays in the best league in the country. You have got to be kidding me USCHO, this is a load of sh*t.

  • UNDPRIDE

    I think the writer forgot to put “In the East” after the title!

  • krios

    After reading a few of these Hobey Watch columns, I have to say that they show a large amount of East bias. I’ll be upfront, I’m a Golden Gopher, so of course I want to hear you mention Patterson in this article.  However, I’d say he deserves to be in this article as well. 

    7 shutouts? 21 wins? A team that like averman said often lives and dies by patterson’s momentum?   sure, he has a great scoring line in front of him, but he counters that argument with 7 shutouts. Not to mention you’re looking at a defensive corps that doesn’t have very many vets.

    I admit I’m biased. as a column writer could you at least make your bias a bit less obvious?

  • DayMan

    A random fairly related statement: The CCHA has by far the best goaltending from top to bottom. Please discuss!

  • Icyrollingrock33

    Patterson does need recognition, but how many goalies have won the Hobey. So few that for any ‘Tender to get mentioned means they are doing something well. The WCHA has more than one goalie that should get mentioned. Worst part is 60% of the voters are East coast. I grew up as a huge fan of Robb Stauber, he never won a National Championship, but he was consistent. I really believe they need to recognize goalies on their own, and if they are worthy The Hobey Baker as well.

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