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Did You Know: The Clarkson Hockey program has amassed 10,001 goals since the 1920-21 season?
While we wait out the results of the conference tournaments we can now predict if the Knights will sneak into the NCAA tournament using College Hockey News' "You Are the Committee" prediction script.
Clarkson leads the nation with 11 shorthanded goals. Denver and Colorado College each have 10. Only two teams in the nation have 0 shorties this year and they are Cornell and Union.
While Ron cools off here's what happened in the last night of the first round of the ECAC first round:
Just need a deep breath after that rant before I really go into what a spectacular season the Women's team put together, and how the circumstances of today better not overshadow that. Congrats to the women on an outstanding season.
There's not much more than I can say than that. The selection committee will point to the head-to-head results between Dartmouth and Clarkson, but in the end, they've opened a pandora's box and the smoky backroom that college hockey fans have feared in both Men's and Women's Hockey.
Mercyhurst and Wayne State went to overtime in the CHA Championship this evening with several team's hopes in the balance coming down to the final games of the season.
Another brief summary of tonight's ECAC action:
The Women lost a hard fought battle against Harvard today at Bright Hockey Center 3-0, meaning their NCAA hopes dwindled on the off chance a bunch of things have happened.
Here is a brief recap from the first night of the ECAC Playoffs.
Following this weekend's offensive explosion, the attitude of the future of this Golden Knights fan significantly improved. Nick Dodge's tip in game winner on Friday and Saturday's shooting gallery proved to me, and maybe to the rest of the league and nation that Clarkson's 8th ranking in the nation is well deserved. However with the past weekend behind us it's time to start to look at who the Knights could face in the second round of the ECAC playoffs.
A quick update of the Women's PWR after today's games has opened up a Pandora's Box of scenarios for next. Clarkson has flipped comparisons with Connecticut after they were swept by UNH. Clarkson is tied in comparisons with Dartmouth, but loses the RPI tie-breaker with Dartmouth by .0004. Dartmouth will face St. Lawrence next weekend and Clarkson will face Harvard.
A quick stick salute to the Clarkson Men's Basketball Team. The team earned their first NCAA Tournament bid yesterday with a 58-53 win over Hamilton in the Liberty League Championship game. With a record of 11-16, Clarkson will clearly be Cinderella at the ball, but clearly have the ability to build on an impressive end of the season run. All eyes will be on the Knights on Monday as their first-round opponent will be announced during the NCAA Selection Show.
Marie Jo-Gaudet tallied two goals in the first period and Eve Grandmont-Berube made it stand up as the Golden Knights notched their second win in a row against Princeton 2-1. The victory which marks the first playoff series win in Clarkson;s short history, sends the Knights on a collision course with #1 ranked Harvard who is undefeated in league play this year, and is 29-1-0 overall.
In hindsight the decision by the Bobcats to have throwback goaltending equipment night this evening was questionable.
Ashleigh Moorehead tallied the game-winning goal in overtime to send the Golden Knights to a decisive third and final game tomorrow against Princeton at Cheel Arena. The Knights squandered an early 2-0 lead by giving up two power play goals in the third period. Clarkson struck early in the OT scoring the GWG just a 1:17 into the extra frame. Clarkson picked a good time to take their first victory from the Tigers. The Knights were previously 0-8-1 against Princeton. The rubber match is tomorrow at 2:00p. The winner moves on and a loss for either team should be season ending. The game should be available through the usual channels, and if you don't follow Women's Hockey, this is a good time to take in your first game.