The changes overnight for Clarkson and Yale at the Badger Hockey Showdown were like night and day.
Whereas Clarkson had a poor showing in a 4-1 loss to Ferris State and Yale played its best game of the season in a 1-1 tie against Wisconsin in the first round on Friday, the teams traded roles in Saturday’s third-place game.
Mike Sullivan, Steve Zalewski and David Cayer each scored two goals for the Golden Knights, who scored five times in the first period en route to an 8-1 victory over the Bulldogs.
Michael Grenzy added a goal and two assists and goaltender Kyle McNulty made 30 saves in a nonconference game for Clarkson, which scored on its first shot on goal and outshot Yale 48-31.
Zalewski and Cayer each had a four-point night, with two goals and two assists apiece. Golden Knights defenseman Chris Brekelmans was plus-5 for the game.
“That’s the effort we wanted [Friday] night,” Clarkson coach George Roll said. “Not that we would have won, but I think it would have been a much better game. I give our guys credit, though. We bounced back with a solid effort. … If we would have come back with another effort like we had last night, then I’m not sure where this season would have headed.”
Twelve of the 18 skaters scored at least one point for Clarkson (5-12-2), which scored on its first three power-play opportunities and was 3-for-5 for the game.
Yale goaltender Josh Gartner allowed made 20 saves and allowed six goals before leaving the game in the second period with a mild concussion. He was replaced by Peter Cohen, who also stopped 20 shots.
Yale (1-12-1), which scored only two goals in the two-day tournament, was 0-for-6 on the power play. The Bulldogs tied No. 4 Wisconsin 1-1 on Friday but lost a shootout to be relegated to the consolation game.
Bulldogs defenseman Chris Brooks also left the game in the second period with what Yale coach Tim Taylor reported was an injured right medial collateral ligament.
The Golden Knights scored five times on 21 shots in the first period, starting just 66 seconds into the game when Zalewski wrapped the puck into the net after Gartner fanned on a clearing attempt behind the net. Cayer and Grenzy then added goals off rebounds for a 3-0 lead.
Sullivan scored a pair of power-play goals in the last half of the first period for a 5-0 lead.
“Obviously, we didn’t care much about playing defense in the first period,” Taylor said.
Clarkson added three more goals in the second period, with Cayer and Zalewski each collecting his second score of the game and Brodie Rutherglen making it 8-0.
Yale’s Jeff Hristovski broke up McNulty’s shutout attempt by scoring with 8:08 remaining in the third period to make it 8-1.