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College Hockey:
Clarkson Wins In School’s 2000th Game

Knights Defeat RIT, 4-2

— Another solid effort in goal by junior David Leggio and a two-goal outing by classmate David Cayer helped lift Clarkson to a 4-2 victory over a stubborn RIT squad before a crowd of 2,549 at Cheel Arena on Saturday in the 2,000th all-time game played by the Golden Knights.

Clarkson, which defeated Niagara, 7-3, in its season opener on Friday, is off to its best start since the 1999-2000 campaign. The Knights fought off a second-period rally by the Tigers with two goals in the final frame to record their fifth straight victory over RIT.

In a tightly played first period, junior defenseman Grant Clitsome put Clarkson on the scoreboard first when he knocked in a loose puck during a scramble in front at 15:53. Senior Nick Dodge and sophomore Shea Guthrie assisted.

Just 26 seconds into the middle stanza the Knights seemed to take control as Cayer jammed in a wraparound attempt after taking a pass down low from senior Mike Sullivan to give the Knights a 2-0 lead. RIT, however, rallied back with two quick scores to tie the game midway through the period.

Sophomore Brennan Sarazin gave the Tigers their first goal at 1:48 followed by Ricky Walton’s marker at 8:25 to tie the game, 2-2, through 40 minutes of play.

At 9:54 of the third, junior Steve Zalewski netted the game-winner as he finished off a perfect feed in front freshman line mate Matt Beca. Junior Shawn Weller also assisted.

Cayer sealed the win with an empty-net, power-play goal with 17 seconds remaining.

Clarkson out shot RIT, 40-28. Leggio finished with 26 saves, while sophomore Louis Menard came through with 36 stops for the Tigers.

Both teams struggled with the man advantage as the Knights went 1-of-9 and RIT went 0-of-8 on the power play.

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