Did You Know: The Clarkson Hockey program has amassed 10,001 goals since the 1920-21 season?

Friday, February 29, 2008

Clarkson Wins ECAC Regular Season!

Congrats to the Clarkson Golden Knights this evening as they took care of business against Princeton, coming from behind to win the ECAC Regular Season Title 4-3 at Cheel Arena this evening. A big stick salute to Coach Roll and his team for showing a tremendous amount of professionalism and wisdom well beyond their years by staying the HELL away from the Cleary Cup.

The Women have their work cut out for them tomorrow as they face Princeton again needing two in a row to advance to the ECAC Semifinals and continue their run to the NCAA Tournament. The women lost yet another one-goal heart breaker to Princeton earlier this afternoon falling to the Tigers 1-0.

Women's Game on the Air

Man, imagine my dismay when I turned on the usual feed and got a SUNY Canton hockey game. I was a bit annoyed. Fortunately WTSC picked up the slack and is broadcasting at: http://radio.clarkson.edu/ Game on!

And so it comes down to this..

Princeton. Who would've thought? Sure we can count on them being a thorn in the Women's side, but who would've thought the Tigers would be bringing their Men's team into town on the final weekend of the season to battle for the ECAC Regular Season Championship?

This weekend is UUUUUUUGE for both Golden Knight teams entering this weekend. For the men, a win over Princeton, and Clarkson will seal the conference and add a spiffy new banner to Cheel, they'll likely pave the road for an NCAA tournament appearance barring a complete melt-down in the ECACHL quarterfinals.

For the Women, they're on the wrong side of the Pairwise bubble right now. It comes down to this: a sweep of Princeton and there's a chance at leap-frogging Connecticut. Anything less and they'll need to fight their way through the tournament or hope for some UConn losses. It's that simple. If anything is clear, this is the team that can bring home Clarkson's first playoff series win.

If you're in Potsdam, it's hockey weekend. 3:30 today for the Women, 7:00 for the Men. Tune in, listen, show up, do what you need to do!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Leggio Named to Skills Competition

Clarkson goaltender David Leggio has been named to the eastern squad of participants in the 3rd Annual Frozen Four Skills Competition. Leggio joins UNH goaltender Kevan Regan along with fellow ECAC skaters Jesse Winchester and Jake Morissette. Last year Clarkson Women's Captain Lindsay Williams was a participant. Full men's rosters can be seen here.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Women in the Hunt

If you haven't been watching, the Clarkson Women have quietly been putting together an amazing season and are in the hunt for an at-large berth for the NCAA Tournament. The #9 Knights enter the final weekend of ECACHL play alone in 3rd place. The knights need a single point to secure home ice in the opening round of the ECACHL tournament.

While the women are trying to take care of business against Quinnipiac and Princeton this weekend, we'll be scoreboard watching. Clarkson stands in 9th place in the Pairwise Rankings just out of the final at-large spot currently occupied by Connecticut by the slimmest of margins.

Britney Selina is leading the Knights in scoring. Her 41 points are good enough for 9th in the country. Genevieve Lavoie and Melissa Waldie are also above the point per game mark with leading goal-scorer Marie-Jo Gaudet on the cusp. Clarkson's freshman goaltending duo of Lauren Dahm and Eve Grandmont-Berube are ranked #3 and #7 in the NCAA in goaltending combining for a GAA of less than 1.5 GAA.

Clarkson lost in Princeton 3-2 and defeated Quinnipiac 3-1 early in the season.

Every game is big from here on out. If you're Potsdam, it's time to get to the arena and support your Knights. Friday at 7:00, Saturday at 4:00!

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Weekend Preview

Being a fan of any sports team, college or professional, one will experience a number of high points and low points throughout a season. For Clarkson fans this year we have seen the full spectrum of high points; Boston College, Dartmouth at home, Cornell. We have also seen the full array of low points; Colorado College, Maine, SLU at Appleton. Coming out of these peaks and valleys we have a team that is fundamentally solid, but seems to lack inspiration on certain nights. Clarkson will look to regain some of that inspiration on their last road trip of the regular season facing off against Union tonight and RPI tomorrow.

It's hard to determine what exactly is missing from this year's team from last year. Obviously through graduation Clarkson lost some of it's role players in Max Kolu and Brodie Rutherglen. Losing two regular defensemen in Mike Grenzy and Matt Curley also adds up. However the biggest losses come from losing two proven finishers in Mike Sullivan and Shawn Weller. It is the departure of Weller that has stricken the team with a loss of toughness and goal production that they have yet to find this season.

One could ask the question, "Don't players graduate and leave early all the time? What was it about this class that was so special?" I think the answer lies something we never get to see as fans, but I think the locker room demeanor of this team is very different from last year's squad. Last year's team was pretty laid back, while this year's team is more business like in their efforts. Could a gut wrenching loss in Rochester change the attitude of a team? Combined with player losses and I think we are seeing the answer right now.

So even with this 'set-back' Clarkson still holds first place in the league with 26 points. Last year at this point Clarkson was 11-4-3 and in second place with 25 points. Overall at this point in the season Clarkson held a 19-7-4 record overall, this year they are two games off that pace at 17-10-3. The biggest difference in the two teams is offensive production. This year's team sits at 2.73 goals per game average, last year's team averaged 3.48. In a more business like approach our team is maintaining wins per season while needing less goal to accomplish this.

The question still remains though, to which team will show up on the ice? The team that beat BC or the team that lost to Yale? As Clarkson moves into the ECAC playoffs and hopefully the NCAA tourney, the fans can only hope the business like approach pays off in the end.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Alumni Update

Craig Conroy has posted an 8-20-28 line in 61 games with Calgary.

Todd Marchant has posted an 5-6-11 line in 61 games with Anaheim.

Erik Cole is 14-22-36 in 54 games with Carolina.

Chris Clark is 5-4-9 in 15 games with the Capitals. He has missed 34 of the last 35 games with a groin injury.

Todd White has put up 35 points on 13 goals and 22 assists with Atlanta.

Willie Mitchell has a goal and six assists with Vancouver.

Randy Jones has 4 goals and 21 assists in 55 games with Philadelphia.

Kent Huskins has 3 goals and 11 assists on the blue line in Anaheim.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Out of Hibernation

Hello Clarkson Hockey Fans! I know it's been a while but sometimes you just have to take a break, and get your bearings.

Today brings us some recruit news as the Golden Knights have appeared to land two new recruits. One a goalie for 2008 and the other a defenseman for 2009.

The goalies name is Paul Karpowich a lefty out of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Currently Paul is playing for the Wellington Dukes and has posted a 2.90 GAA and .892 save percentage in 4 games.

The defenseman is Nik Pokulok out of Vaudreuil, Quebec. He is a 6' 5" defenseman currently attending Northwood Prep. 2008 recruit Julien Cayer is also at Northwood. If the name Pokulok sounds familiar, it should. Nik is the younger brother of former first round draft pick and Cornell defenseman Sasha Pokulok.

With a little luck we will give you updates on the team throughout the week. It's good to be back. LET'S GO TECH!