Tigers drop 1-0 overtime decision as Clarkson complete weekend sweep

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Josh Thorimbert should take his teammates to court for lack of support.

For three periods, plus nearly five full minutes of overtime, Thorimbert slammed the door on Clarkson University.

Then, on his team's 42nd shot of the night, junior forward Joe Zarbo slipped a backhand through traffic and the senior netminder's pads to lift the Golden Knights to a 1-0 sudden-death victory over Colorado College that completed a weekend sweep at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, N.Y.

The Tigers managed just 19 shots on goal of their own while suffering their third consecutive loss, a skid during which they've scored only twice. They'll take a 1-3 overall record, along with a 1-1 league mark, into next week's National Collegiate Hockey Conference series at Western Michigan University.

Clarkson, which won 2-1 on Friday, grew more dominant as Saturday's rematch progressed. After out-shootiing their struggling visitors by a 6-5 in the opening 20 minutes, the Golden Knights followed with advantages of 12-6 in the second period, 16-5 in the third and 8-3 in overtime.

But, until Zarbo cut across the slot from left to right and ended the contest with 9.9 seconds left in the extra session, it appeared as if Thorimbert would preserve the first scoreless tie in 75 seasons of CC hockey history.

Instead, freshman goaltender Steve Perry posted the first shutout of his career and helped Clarkson improve to 6-1-1 for the campaign.

Ben Sexton and Jordan Boucher assisted on Zarbo's game-winning tally.

The Tigers had four power-play opportunities in the game, compared to three for the Golden Knights, and finished 0-for-6 for the weekend in man-advantage situations.