Did You Know: The Clarkson Hockey program has amassed 10,001 goals since the 1920-21 season?
The Clarkson women's hockey team took 3 points on the road with a 1-1 tie Saturday afternoon in Princeton, New Jersey. Ashley Shaidle scored her third goal of the season on a delayed penalty call in the first period. Carlee Eusepi and Katie Morrison assisted. Princeton tied things up in the second, and that's how it ended. Kira Hurley made 23 saves. The Knights are now 3-3-2 and are at home against Harvard and Dartmouth next weekend.
After starting the season 4-1-1 the Clarkson Golden Knights face off against the USNPDT-U18's tonight at Cheel arena. Clarkson is one of a handful of teams that has played six games so far this season and this weekend serves a multitude of purposes. First, it allows an open week for players that are injured to rest and recuperate. Second, it provides the coaching staff to re-evaluate some of the new, and old, players and set up line combinations and defensive pairings they might not try during a regular season game. Finally, it gives the potential recruits on the U-18 team a chance to see a visiting and potential future home arena.
Since Clarkson is facing the Wonder Boys tomorrow, the preview will be postponed til tomorrow afternoon or so.
Just a reminder, the Women's Matchup against Princeton on Saturday is also Clarkson's first appearance in the USCHO Game of the Week. The broadcast will be available here. Puck drops at 4:00.
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A quick recap of how Clarkson Alumni are doing in the NHL:
In the afternoon game the Clarkson women hung with the third ranked SLU Saints for a period but fell to SLU 5-0 in front of 823 fans at Cheel Arena. Kira Hurley made 26 saves.
Clarkson is off to their best start in nearly two decades, and this weekend they take on a team they have not faced in a decade, as they welcome Lake Superior State University to Cheel Arena for a weekend series. Lake State enters the series with a 1-1-0 record after a split last weekend against CCHA rival Ohio State. The Lakers were shut out 1-0 on Friday night and won 7-6 in overtime on Saturday. Lake Sate is lead by former Clarkson assistant Jim Roque who is in his second year at the helm, replacing Frank Anzalone.
While those over at Western College Hockey are haggling about UAA/UAF being the best rivalry in college hockey, us fans from the North Country know where the real deal is at. Last year a combined 4,000 fans came out to Appleton and Cheel to watch a third year program battle the #1 ranked team in the country, and actually take a split in two exciting, competitive games.... By the way rivalry scoreboard watchers, this was the home and home series for the Golden Knight and Saints' Women's squads. These are two hockey fans bases that will get up for any game, and they've been rewarded with elite squads who will go at it again this weekend in Canton and Potsdam.
Taken from Clarkson Athletics:
Scott Freeman is on an absolute tear for Bowmanvile. The Eagles are 13-1-0-1 and lead the OPJHL East division by 5 points. Freeman has played in all 15 games and has 7 goals and an astounding 34 assists to lead the league in scoring, by nine points. If he keeps up his 2.73 points per game average he will finish the season with 137 points.
Clarkson defeated Providence 6-1 Friday night in Providence to bump their record to 3 and 0. Clarkson jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back by scoring two empty net goals late in the third. Chris D'Alvise had the game winner and added shorthanded goal. Matt Curley scored his first goal since his freshman season to open the scoring. Steve Zalewski scored twice and David Cayer scored his third goal of the season. David Leggio made 34 saves in a strong winning effort.
Last weekend Clarkson put up eleven goals, at home. Cheel Arena has been kind to the Golden Knights over the past year. The last lost in Potsdam was November 26, 2005. Since that date Clarkson has gone 9-0-1 including the sweep to open the season last weekend. While the home cooking has been good, the road has been less kind to the Knights. If George Roll (inset right) wants to take this squad to the next level, the Knights must come out of this weekend with at least one win.
After demolishing Vermont and handily defeating Aurora in an exhibition last Saturday at Cheel arena, the Clarkson women's team is showing that they're not the offensively challenged team of the past, scoring 16 goals in those three games. This weekend the Golden Knights head to Erie, Pennsylvania, face 3rd ranked Mercyhurst for a pair of games that will set the tone for the rest of the season. Taking a game in PA will likely vault the Knights into the national rankings, getting swept will have hockey snobs saying that Clarkson is not for real. This game also has some real post-season ramifications in terms of Pairwise as well. Alot of pressure for the second official series of the season.
Clarkson foward Steve Zalewski was named the ECAC Player of the week for the first week of the regular season. Zalewski had a goal a two assists this weekend and his goal was the game winner against RIT.
Clarkson defeated RIT in the Golden Knight's 2000th all time game 4-2 Saturday Night at Cheel Arena. Steve Zalewski had the game winner, and David Cayer had two goals including an empty netter from his own net to seal the deal. Grant Clitsome also had a goal, and David Leggio stopped 26 in the victory.
Just a reminder that Clarkson will be streaming video of this weekend's games over the web at Clarkson Athletics. The webcast will be produced by the student television station WCKN. In addition, if you're on dial-up, the solid Cool 95.3 Broadcast featuring Bob Ahfeld and Josh Bartell is available here!
Since we've been putting up alot of previews here is a new take on this weekends games. We had a chance to chat with RIT blogger Mark Komar and get his thoughts on Clarkson, RIT and this weekends matchup.
Clarkson Golden Knights
Last Years Finish - 8th
Key Returnees - Nick Dodge Jr. F, David Cayer Jr. F, Shawn Weller Jr. F, Shea Guthrie So. F, Mike Sullivan Sr. F
Key Losses - Jeff Genovy F, Chris Brekelmans D
That's right, I picked Clarkson to finish first. I picked Clarkson to jump seven spots and capture their first regular season title since 2001. It may seem illogical to the outsider, but Clarkson has the talent and now they have the experience to take the league. With 21 returning letterman, nine of which are drafted into the NHL, head coach George Roll is charged with the task of tapping into this talent and producing a team that can win at home and on the road.
Up front the Clarkson offense is lead by junior captain Nick Dodge. Dodge lead all Clarkson skaters last year with 41 points and was named to the pre-season all ECAC team. Clarkson will need Dodge to put up similar numbers again this year and to lead an offense that was ranked 6th in conference scoring. Senior Mike Sullivan is poised to have a break out year and will be counted on to continue his increased production. Sophomore Shea Guthrie will also be expected to make an impact for the Knights. Fortunately for Clarkson they feature a very balanced attack with eight returning Knights registering 20 points or more last year. Opposing defenses can not focus on one guy or one line as there is potential for goals in all four lines this year.
On defense the departure of Chris Brekelmans leaves some question marks for the Knights. Michael Grenzy will be counted on to step and lead the blueliners but they are still a young group and will need to come together quickly to get the Knights off to a fast start. Grant Clitsome will step up into the number two role and will be expected to contribute on the powerplay. Sophomores Phil Paquet and Tyrell Mason will need to make an impact this year for the Knights to improve on their 9th ranked defense.
In net Clarkson will look to find a number one goaltender. As of last year David Leggio was the #1 starter for the last ten games. Leggio stepped up his play in two gut wrenching performances at Lynah rink. It is on the back of this performance that Leggio enters the season as the expected starter. However do not be surprised Roll to give senior Kyle McNulty or freshman Matt Smith a start early on to give Leggio a rest or to find who has the hot hand.
The big knock on Clarkson is not living up to expectations. This year the expectations are about as high as one can imagine. Clarkson needs to live up to their full potential. Coach Roll will have his team ready to go and will guide the Knights to a first place finish in the league.
Best Case Finish - 1st
Worst Case Finish - 5th
CHF's Pick - 1st
Dartmouth Big Green
Nothing says awesome like a season opening sweep by a combined 13-1 margin. The Women's Hockey Team came out and laid the smackdown on the Vermont Friday, defeating the Catamounts 9-0. Then followed it up with a 4-1 performance on Saturday.