POTSDAM, N.Y. — Miami sophomore Greg Hogeboom picked up two goals during a Red Hawk four-goal second period to bring Miami from behind to defeat Clarkson, 5-2, Saturday night at Cheel Arena.
“Last night was pretty frustrating, we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities, and they did,” said Hogeboom afterwards. “We knew we couldn’t get penalties and let their power play capitalize, we had to play five on five and work their defense.”
The Red Hawks (2-2-0) turned it around after going 0-for-9 on the power play last night, scoring three out of their five goals on the power play, and going 3-for-5 on the evening with the man advantage.
Clarkson flew out of the gate with the same momentum they had on the previous evening, scoring just 1:48 into the contest. Freshman Mac Faulkner dumped the puck into the right corner, and as Matt Poapst went into the corner to retrieve the puck, he fed it back in front of the goal. Before Miami netminder David Burleigh could react, Kevin O’Flaherty was there to put it into the net, picking up his first goal of the season for the Golden Knights and making it a 1-0 game.
The Red Hawks began to play solid hockey, keeping the puck in the Clarkson zone. A penalty to Ian Manzano at the end of the first period for holding gave Miami its chance to break onto the score sheet.
Just 47 seconds into the second frame, Hogeboom put in an unassisted effort when he came from behind the Clarkson goal and stuck the puck between the right side post and goaltender Mike Walsh’s leg, knotting the game at one.
Miami kept up the pressure when Hogeboom picked up his second tally of the game on the man-advantage. Hogeboom skated in from the right faceoff circle and took a shot that beat Walsh high glove side, giving the Red Hawks their first lead of the game, 2-1.
Clarkson head coach Mark Morris called a time out in an attempt to regain control of the contest for his team. The move worked, as the Golden Knights tied the game at two on a goal from senior David Evans.
Freshman Jay Latulippe skated down the ice along the right side and passed the puck off to Evans in the center. Evans then switched the puck from his forehand to his backhand. The move allowed for a hole to open up on Burleigh, and Evans made the opportunity count, scoring his second goal in two games.
The momentum shift didn’t last long, as Miami regained the lead at the 16:35 mark in the second. Already on the power play and with a delayed penalty call pending, freshman Joe Pomaranski took a shot from the blue line. With Walsh out on the top of the crease and down, the puck bounced around in front and Mike Glumac was on the doorstep for the Red Hawks, taking the puck and stuffing it into the unprotected net.
Miami’s fourth goal of the period came late in the frame, when Evan Cheverie took a shot from down low on the right side that beat Walsh gloveside high for a 4-2 lead.
Morris pulled Walsh for the rest of the period and put in Karl Mattson. Walsh returned to the net in the third period, but his stay was short-lived when at the 4:57 mark the Red Hawks picked up their fifth goal. Mike Kompon fed the puck from the center to defensemen Pomaranski along the right side of the ice. Pomaranski then fired a shot that beat Walsh to make it a 5-2 game.
“Last night we didn’t play very well, and (Clarkson) played extremely well,” commented head coach Enrico Blasi afterwards. “Tonight was a good sign for our team to come back and play hard. Our defense played well in keeping guys out from in front, it was a team effort all-around.”
Burleigh stood tall between the pipes for Miami, making 16 saves and allowing two goals. Walsh played for just over 40 minutes, posting 18 saves and allowing five goals, while Mattson made six saves. The Red Hawks dominated the shot chart in the second frame, putting up 14 attempts to Clarkson’s 4, and finishing with 29 overall. Clarkson, which lived by the power play the night before, went 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
“We had a lot of fortunate bounces last night, and we made the most of them, said coach Morris afterwards. “Momentum is a big determining factor in college hockey. Give Miami credit, they corrected a lot of mistakes, and they played with more heart than we did. A lack of discipline was the key to our downfall.”
Miami will begin league action next weekend at Ferris State, while Clarkson is idle until Nov. 3 when it hosts ECAC and North Country rival St. Lawrence.