Showing some jump in the third period, Colorado College gave itself a chance to avoid making history on Friday.
But the Tigers, who were out-shot by a 22-12 margin through the first 40 minutes of play, saw sophomore goaltender Greg Lewis steer steer away all nine attempts he faced in the final 20 to preserve a 2-1 Clarkson University victory at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y.
The Golden Knights got a goal and an assist apiece from Pat Megannety and Allan McPherson while defeating CC for the first time in 15 all-time meetings and improving to a 5-1-0 for the season.
Colorado College, which will try to salvage a split of the two-game non-conference series in a rematch on Saturday, dropped to 1-2-0 overall with its second consecutive loss despite 28 saves by senior netminder Josh Thorimbert.
Clarkson drew first blood 13:07 into the game when sophomore forward Megannety backhanded a rebound past Thorimbert after McPherson cut in and unleashed a hard wrister from the right side.
Freshmen Jaccob Slavin and Zach Aman teamed up to pull CC even at 12:20 of the middle frame, with left winger Aman finishing the play in his collegiate debut when his one-timer off defenseman Slavin's feed in front deflected past sophomore goaltender Greg Lewis.
But with five seconds left in its second of four power plays in the contest, Megannety helped set up senior linemate McPherson for a tap-in from the low slot to put Clarkson back up to stay at 16:07.
Lewis finished with 20 saves for the Golden Knights.