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New York state men come from behind to take Friendship event

Clarkson Golden Knights coach Casey Jones put his team's Friendship Four success down to their off-ice experience impacting on what they did on the ice.

The New York state university took home the Belpot trophy after a 4-2 win over Providence College in a thrilling finale to the third Friendship Four event.

"We came here and really to have some life experience for our players. It's a one in a lifetime opportunity for us," said Jones.

"The hospitality here has been absolutely phenomenal and I think the fact that we enjoyed ourselves so much came out in our performances on the ice."

Clarkson had to come from behind to claim the trophy after Erik Foley put Providence 1-0 up in the first period.

Second period goals from Devin Brousseau and Josh Dickson turned the game around before Nico Sturm and Grant Cooper put the Golden Knights 4-1 up, with Branden Duhaime's late consolation for Providence.

In the third/fourth place play-off University of Maine beat RPI 4-2.

US ambassador Ralph Cox presented the Most Valuable Player Award to Clarkson Golden Knights Player Jake Kielly.

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