Sports | 12:45 am | January 16, 2012 | By Kevin Kucharski

M. HOCKEY | Yale falls to Clarkson in overtime

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Photo by Blair Seideman.

For the second game in a row, the men’s hockey team could not take advantage of overtime.

But unlike Saturday night’s 3–3 draw with St. Lawrence, the Elis (8–7–2, 5–4–1 ECAC) conceded with a minute remaining in the five-minute period to lose 5–4 to Clarkson Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Knights (10–10–5, 4–4–3) scored the deciding goal on a controversial power play. A few minutes into the overtime period the Yale bench was penalized for a comment directed toward an official. Within a minute, Clarkson’s Sam Labrecque put the puck in the net to win it.

The game looked promising early on for the Blue and White. Ten minutes into the game, defenseman Tommy Fallen ’15 intercepted a clearance and fired a slap shot to give the Bulldogs the lead.

Forward Antoine Laganiere ’13 followed this up with a similar effort about three minutes later. After creating a turnover in Clarkson’s end of the ice, Laganiere made a move past a Golden Knights defenseman and put the pack past the Clarkson netminder.

The second period was filled with goals as the two teams combined for four tallies. Yale’s Clinton Bourbonais ’14 kicked off the scoring with his second goal in two days to again put the Elis up by two.

But the Yale offense shut down after Bourbonais’ goal. With less than two minutes remaining in the second period and up 3–1, the Elis seemed to be in good shape. But the momentum would shift starting with Ben Sexton’s power play goal. Another Yale penalty gave the Golden Knights a chance to tie things up. Louke Oakley took advantage with 20 seconds remaining in the period. After a Sexton shot bounced off the glass, Oakley took the rebound and put it in.

Only two minutes later, Oakley struck again to put the Golden Knights up 4–3. True to the bounce-back nature of the game, Yale defenseman Colin Dueck ’13 fired a slap shot from the point to knot it up at four.

For the second night in a row the Elis struggled on special teams. After converting only one power play out of seven opportunities Saturday night, the Elis went 1-6 on Sunday. On the penalty kill the Elis struggled as well. Despite having one of the best penalty killing units in the ECAC, the Elis allowed three goals in Clarkson’s five power plays.

The Elis will be back in action 7 p.m. Friday against Union and Saturday at 7 p.m. against RPI. Both games will be played at Ingalls Rink.

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