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Clarkson Special Teams Help Down Sacred Heart

— Mac Faulkner scored two power-play goals and senior Dan Weinrieb posted 25 saves in his first career start to lead Clarkson to a 4-1 victory over Sacred Heart in non-conference action before 2,288 fans at Cheel Arena Saturday night. The Golden Knights, who own a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1), improved their record to 3-1-2, while the Pioneers fall to 0-4

After a sloppy, scoreless first period, Clarkson wasted little time taking command to start the second stanza with a pair of short-handed goals 40 seconds apart. Junior Chris Blight took a pass from freshman defenseman Matt Nickerson at his own blueline, skated through the Sacred Heart defense and scored on a shot from the top of the slot 45 seconds into the middle frame for his fourth goal of the year and second shorthanded marker of the season. At 1:25, senior Tristan Lush converted for a man-down goal.

The Pioneers cut the Clarkson lead to 2-1 at 13:44 when senior Marc-Andre Fournier tipped in a shot from the point by senior defenseman Konn Hawkes for a power-play goal at 13:44, snapping the Knights’ string of successful penalty-kills at 15.

Clarkson regained the two-goal advantage 50 seconds into the third period as Faulkner knocked in a rebound at the top of the crease as Clarkson was skating on a 5-on-3 power play. Faulkner connected for his second power-play marker and team-high fifth goal of the season at 6:00.

Clarkson outshot Sacred Heart 32-26. Junior Kevin LaPointe made 28 stops for the Pioneers. The Knights were 2-of-7 on the power play, while Sacred Heart was 1-of-9 with the man-advantage.

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