October 25, 2013 Updated: October 25, 2013 at 10:27 pm
POTSDAM, N.Y. - Colorado College generated good pressure over the final 10 minutes against Clarkson.
But that is not enough to win on the road. As a result, the host Golden Knights ground out a 2-1 nonconference win over the Tigers before a crowd of 2,193 at Cheel Arena.
"We have to be harder to play against," Tigers coach Scott Owens said. "We were at the end but it was too little, too late. We need to get more second-effort shots."
It was Clarkson's first win over the Tigers in 15 tries dating back to March 1957. The win improved the Golden Knights' record to 1-11-3 all-time against CC.
"That is really something for the fans and alumni to get more excited about than the current players," Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. "A win like this gives us a lot of confidence."
They accomplished the program first with a strong team defense that clogged the passing lanes, mucked up the neutral zone and blocked 10 shots (seven in the first period) to frustrate the Tigers (1-2).
"We made progress as a team in our commitment to defense," Jones said. "We wanted to disrupt their (CC's) transition and until the final 10 minutes, we did."
Colorado College got the break it needed when a shot by freshman wing Zach Aman, playing his first game after an offseason knee injury, was contested by a Clarkson defender. The puck went up a couple feet in the air and then bounced past Golden Knights goalie Greg Lewis, who finished with 20 saves.
That tied the score at 1-1 but Clarkson (5-1-1) answered on the power play. Senior Allan McPherson batted a rebound in from mid-air past CC senior goalie Josh Thorimbert to score with 3:53 left in the second period.
It proved to be the eventual game-winner with Thorimbert making three big saves afterward to keep the game within reach. Clarkson generated several odd-man rushes with the Tigers defensemen caught up ice trying to help on offense.
"We were pressing a bit to get shots and we made some bad decisions that led to those," Owens said. "They didn't score off them. Josh played a good game and gave us a chance. It was still a 2-1 game until that penalty."
A tripping penalty on CC senior Alexander Krushelnyski with 2:40 left in the game hurt the Tigers' chances, but they still managed one last chance in front with 9.8 seconds left and Thorimbert pulled for the extra attacker.
A bad line change gave Clarkson a three-on-one scoring chance and Pat Megannety jabbed in a rebound to stake the hosts to a 1-0 lead.
The goal came after a hard shot by Allan McPherson went off Thorimbert's leg pad and across the face of the net to Megannety as he skated toward the opposite post.