After a full 60 minutes, No. 8 Clarkson (17-5-2) and No. 13 Arizona State (15-9-3) were locked in a stalemate at one.
Both teams were forced to go into a sudden-death overtime, and with those extra five minutes, the Golden Knights were able to pop home a game-winner.
Just over a minute into extra time, Clarkson junior forward Jack Jacome crashed the net on a wrap around attempt from sophomore forward Josh Dunne.
Jacome whacked away at a loose puck while havoc wreaked in the Sun Devil crease, and the puck found its way into the back of the goal to end things with a 2-1 final.
OT GAME-WINNER!!!— ECAC Hockey (@ecachockey) January 25, 2020
Jack Jacome buries the loose puck in front of the net, and @ClarksonMHockey picks up a big 2-1 win over No. 13 Arizona State! pic.twitter.com/hM4hyJ7bZ3
It would be a disappointing end for the Sun Devils in what had otherwise been a gritty road performance where ASU was trying to steal a game in a tough venue.
Clarkson outshot ASU 44-24, but sophomore goaltender Evan DeBrouwer stood up to the task all night long.
He made a variety of timely stops and his defense blocked shots in front of him. The game was also a different tale throughout the opening two frames.
In the first period, the Golden Knights struck first early on a goal from freshman forward Anthony Romano. However, after the first strike is when ASU started to settle in.
The Sun Devils applied pressure following the goal and continued to generate scoring chances, but they just weren’t able to get one past Clarkson senior goaltender Frank Marotte.
Entering the second frame, the tides then turned and the ice tilted. The Golden Knights put on a relentless pursuit and kept ASU hemmed in its own zone for sustained amounts of time.
The group generated a variety of grade-A looks, but similar to how ASU couldn’t get one past Marotte, the same thing occurred with DeBrouwer.
That set the stage for an opportunistic Sun Devil goal after the group had been pelted for most of the period.
On a soft, low shot from the high slot, sophomore forward Jordan Sandhu flicked a puck toward the Clarkson goal with all sorts of traffic in front.
Junior forward James Sanchez got a stick on the puck as it made its way through and Marotte never saw the biscuit coming. It slithered its way into the goal to even things at one heading into the second intermission.
Sanchez, the Michigan transfer who has made an immediate impact this season and is in contention as a Hobey Baker candidate, added to his five-game point streak with the redirect goal.
Postgame comments from Coach Powers. pic.twitter.com/mdn1YY2sbS— Sun Devil Hockey (@SunDevilHockey) January 25, 2020
After a scoreless third, Clarkson eventually was able to seal the game with its overtime heroics.
Although the loss might have stung, ASU doesn’t have time to sulk and they will have to lick their wounds quickly with another matchup coming up tomorrow night against the No. 8 team in the nation.