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POTSDAM, N.Y. -- The Providence College men's hockey team was dealt a 2-0 loss at seventh-ranked Clarkson Saturday night at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y. The Golden Knights scored twice in the first period and never looked back en route to the win.
Clarkson opened the scoring at 2:47 of the first period when Dan Tuttle slipped a pass to Shea Guthrie down the right wing boards. Guthrie raced by a Friar defenseman and came across the crease before lifting a back hander past Friar senior goalie Tyler Sims (Fort Wayne, Ind.). PC's best chance to score in the first period came at 14:20 when freshman Kyle McKinnon (Walnut, Calif.) fired a wrist shot from the right face-off circle that glanced off the post. The Golden Knights scored a short-handed goal at 15:47 to increase their lead to 2-0. After a turnover in the Friar zone, Matt Beca slid a pass to Steve Zalewski who tapped the puck into the net for his first goal of the season.
The Friars controlled much of the second period, outshooting the Golden Knights, 8-5, but the Friars were not able to score. Senior captain Jon Rheault (Deering, N.H.) nearly cut the lead in half at 13:25 of the third period when he raced down the left wing boards before skating across the slot and firing a wrist shot that was saved by Clarkson's David Leggio.
Leggio finished with 28 saves to record his first shutout of the season. Sims stopped 18 shots for the Friars.
The Friars are back in action on Friday, October 19 when they travel to Boston, Mass. to take on Northeastern at 7:00 p.m.