Ayrton Martino had his two goals bookended by a pair of Clarkson power-play goals, leading the host Golden Knights to a 4-1 victory over Cornell in a spirited and physical ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena on Saturday night.
Along with Martino, Jordan Power and Anthony Callin each registered a goal and an assist in the victory for the Golden Knights.
Ethan Haider stopped 21 of 22 shots in goal for Clarkson (5-6-0, 3-1-0 ECAC).
The Golden Knights scored two of its three goals in the opening four minutes of the contest as Martino scored just 71 seconds into the contest. Power added a power-play goal just before the four-minute mark to give Clarkson an early two-goal lead.
Callin recorded the Golden Knights’ second goal with the man advantage on the night in the second period.
Tupker cut Clarkson’s deficit to 3-1 when his wrist shot from the left point evaded traffic in front of the net and found the back of the net.
Martino added an insurance marker with an empty-net goal with 16 seconds left.
• Saturday was the 146th all-time meeting between Cornell and Clarkson, a series the Big Red still controls with a 70-57-19 record following the setback.
• It was the first time Cornell lost at Cheel Arena since falling to Clarkson, 2-1, on Jan. 29, 2016. Cornell entered the contest on a five-game unbeaten streak (1-0-4).
• Cornell saw its 11-game unbeaten streak (7-0-4) in the North Country come to an end Saturday. It was the Big Red’s first loss in St. Lawrence County since losing to St. Lawrence in overtime on Jan. 30, 2016.
• Tupker snapped his 31-game goalless streak, recording his first goal in nearly a calendar year (Nov. 13, 2021, vs. RPI).
Cornell will open a three-game homestand at Lynah Rink next weekend when the Big Red welcomes a pair of Ivy League opponents in Yale and Brown. Both games are slated for 7 p.m. puck drops, with game action broadcast on ESPN+ and the radio broadcast on WHCU (870 AM, 97.7 FM).