Potsdam, N.Y. – Senior Matt Poapst (Monkland, ONT) and sophomore Trevor Edwards (Carelton Place, ONT) each scored two goals as Clarkson University snapped a six-game winless stretch by posting a wild 8-5 victory over fourth-ranked University of New Hampshire in non-league action before 2,698 fans at Cheel Arena on Friday night. The Golden Knights (5-6-3), of the ECAC, tallied three goals each in the first and second period and sealed their first win since November 10 with two goals in the third for their highest goal output of the season. The top team in Hockey East, the Wildcats (9-3-2) saw their win streak come to a halt at five games.
Holding a 6-5 lead after forty minutes, Poapst put Clarkson up 7-6 with his second power-play goal of the game at 7:32 of the third. Standing at the doorstep, Poapst coverted a cross-crease pass from linemate sophomore Rob McFeeters (Woodville, ONT) for his fourth goal of the season. Edwards gave the Knights a three-goal advantage at 16:47.
In a wild first period, Clarkson started the scoring just 25 seconds after the opening faceoff when sophomore Jean Desrochers (Dalhousie, QUE) tallied his second of the year on a shot from the top of the crease. The Knights’ lead was short lived, however, as UNH’s sophomore Steve Saviano (Reading, MA) scored on the Wildcats’ first shot just 15 seconds later. At 10:28, McFeeters gave Clarkson a 2-1 lead when he lifted a high shot on goal that UNH netminder Matt Carney mishandled as it dropped behind him and over the goal line for a power play score. Once again, however the Wildcats came back scoring 30 seconds later on junior Colin Hemingway’s (Surrey, BC) goal. Freshman Sean Collins gave the Wildcats their only lead, at 3-2 with a power-play goal at 16:13. Edwards scored his first goal of the game on a wrist shot from the right circle with five seconds left in the opening frame to knot the score at three apiece.
Just 12 seconds into the second, junior Chris Line (Essex Junction, VT) knocked in a rebound to give Clarkson a 4-3 lead. UNH tied it once again on senior Darren Haydar’s shorthanded marker at 5:40. The Knights then took the lead for good with back-to-back goals from junior Adam Campana (Waltham, MA) and Poapst at 15:25 and 19:04 respectively. Hemingway added his second goal of the night, a power-play tally with five seconds remaining in the second to pull the Wildcats within one.
Clarkson outshot UNH 30-24. Junior Mike Walsh (Downingtown, PA) picked up the win for the Knights with 11 saves through the first two periods. Classmate Karl Mattson (Gavle, Sweden) played the third for Clarkson and shutout the Wildcats behind eight stops. Carney, who suffered his first loss in nine starts this season, posted 22 saves for UNH.