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

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Badger Showdown Champs!

Clarkson defeated Lake State 3-2 to take the Pettit Cup and win their first in season tournament since 1994. Nick Dodge tallied his fourth goal of the tournament. Shawn Weller scored to give the Knights their first lead and the game winner was scored by Shea Guthrie. David Leggio stopped 27 shots in the win. The win has huge implications for the Knights in the pairwise rankings later in the season.

Clarkson has won seven in a row and will faceoff against McGill next weekend and take on Colgate and Cornell in two weeks.

Huskins in the NHL

Congrats goes out to Kent Huskins '01 who was called up to the NHL by the Anaheim Ducks for his first visit to the NHL on December 22nd. The defenseman already has three games under his belt for the 28-6-6 West leading Ducks, and recorded his first NHL point on the 26th in a victory over San Jose. Huskins had a two goals and nine assists in 27 games with a +5 rating for Portland of the AHL. He's now the seventh active player in the NHL from Clarkson.

Clarkson Upends Wisconsin

The Clarkson Golden Knights defeated the Wisconsin Badgers last night 6-2 in front of 13661 fans at the Badger Showdown in Madison, Wisconsin. Nick Dodge recorded the first hat trick for the Knights since Jay Latulippe tallied three goals against Dartmouth in 2004. Dodge scored the Knights first goal giving Clarkson a 1-0 lead which they took to the locker room at the end of one. Wisconsin tied the game at 1 in the second but Dodge answered back just 21 seconds later and gave the Knights the lead for good. Clarkson scored twice more in the second as Mike Grenzy scored his first goal of the season and Chris D'Alvise tallied his first goal since November. Dodge tallied the hat trick to start the third period. Mike Grenzy scored his second goal of the night to cap the Clarkson scoring. Wisconsin added one goal late in the third period. David Leggio made 29 saves, some of the spectacular variety, in the win and moved 11-3-1 on the season. Clarkson will take on Lake Superior State in the championship game at 5 PM today. Clarkson has split the two meeting with LSSU this season losing 5-1 and winning 7-1 at Cheel.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

New Year, New Goalie

Clarkson replaced Matt Smith with Tim Potter of the Oswego Admirals of the OPJHL. Potter has played in 35 games this year and is 12-21-1 with a .900 save percentage and a 3.79 GAA.

Monday, December 18, 2006

New Recruit and 2nd Half Thoughts

According to Chris Heisenberg's website, Clarkson has added defenseman Brent Sullivan from Brockville to the list of 2008 recruits. Sullivan is listed at 6' 2" and 188. So far this year he has 4 goals and 13 assists from the blueline.

Looking at the standings for the ECAC as we get ready for the second half, Clarkson sits in 3rd with 10 points, tied with SLU and Dartmouth. However, Clarkson has an advantage on half the league due to an unbalance number of games played. Here's the table right now with points earned and points remaining and possible points.

TeamPoints ForPoints RemainingPossible Points
St. Lawrence103040

Looking at the past 4 years the team that won the league has had 39, 30, 38, and 30 points respectivly. Looking at the possible points remaining it is hard to imagine that any team will finish with anything over 38 points this year, unless Clarkson, SLU or Cornell can win out. However a team that can finish in the range of 30-36 points will probably have the best shot at taking the league this year. Clarkson and SLU are in control of their own destiny right now, while Harvard, Dartmouth and Princeton might have too much ground to gain come playoff time. But then again, in a league were every team is in the playoffs, ground to gain is not to much of an issue.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Matt Smith Leaves Clarkson

Goaltender Matt Smith is headed for the Quebec Major Juinors. Smith played in one game for the Knights and gave up four goals in a period to the Under 18 Team. Citing lack of playing time, Smith will finish his finals before heading north. Best of luck to Matt in whatever he ends up doing.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

"They're due." or "Their due?" Either way....

We haven't had a lot of time to write about the Women's team lately, but it's obvious after the past month that they're due to get their due. The Knights finished off the first half of the season with a sweep of a Niagara team that seemed to have their number last season, extending their winning streak to seven consecutive games, and a 9-1 record since being swept by Harvard and Dartmouth in the first week of November.

They've done this without the services of All-American Kira Hurley who has been sidelined with post-concussion issues. Stephanie Hansen has stepped up big time sporting a gaudy 1.27 GAA and .934 save percentage in 11 games. Her only blemish is a 2-1 loss to Wayne State.

Freshman Genevieve Lavoie is "kicking ass and taking names" as they say in St. Laurent, Quebec. Lavoie has nine goals in her last four games including a pair of hat tricks on back to back nights against Yale and Brown. She leads the Knights with 24 points on 17 goals and 7 assists. Britney Selina has cooled off a little bit, but is second on the team with a 7-11-18 sheet. Between these two, freshman Carlee Eusepi and sophomore Marie-Jo Gaudet fans are salivating at the scoring potential over the next three years.

Christine Balikowski is quietly having another solid season. While her stats may be under the radar for some fans, she's got seven goals this season. Two short-handed and two game winners. Nothing like seeing the senior leadership setting examples across the board. The team is so full of contributing players, i'd probably name them all, but when you see the number of individuals with 7-8-9 points, you feel comfortable seeing the 3rd and 4th lines out there as potential scoring threats.

The only downside so far to the season has been the difficulty in balancing the offense with the defense. The Knights were outshot by a Yale squad 33-21, but the consistency is starting to get there. We bacame a little too comfortable with single-digit shot totals last year, and while that can't be the normal, we have high expectations for our D to shut people down. Early in the season a significant number of penalties were taken, and at this point of the season, we can feel pretty confident that the patience is back.

Suddenly that tie the Knights took at Mercyhurst seems pretty big in the grand scheme of things. The Lakers have only wo blemishes in 18 games this season. A one goal loss to St. Lawrence, and a tie with Clarkson. With this hot-streak hitting right now, you have the think that the Knights are going to be a scare game for nearly every team in the ECACHL in the 2nd half. The Knights sit in 6th place, just three points behind 4th place Colgate and St. Lawrence. A shot at home-ice is in reach. Can they take it?

Monday, December 11, 2006

Recruit Update

18 days until the Showdown.

Scott Freeman continues to lead the OPJHL in points. In 27 games he has 19 goals and 50 assists for Bowmanville.

Team mate Louke Oakley is third on the team in scoring with 11 goals and 35 assists.

In Oakville Brandon DeFazio has 36 points on 12 goals and 24 assists.

Brian Rufenach has returned for Lindsay and has 5 goals and 12 assists in 13 games.

In 24 games with St. Jerome Julian Cayer has 4 goals and 16 assists.

Corey Tamblyn has 3 goals and 20 assists for Markham.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Victory is Sweet

Yes, the game was on a Tuesday. Yes, many out of town alumni and fans were left to fend for themselves with a radio and internet video streams. Yes, the attendance was not a record breaker. But, with all of those things considered, this was a fun game to be a part of. I would personally like to thank all the students at WCKN who provided us with a high quality video feed of the game. This was a new experience for me and while there are still some bugs to be worked out, on the whole, this is a quality product in which the University can be proud of.

On to the game.

There were plenty of things going Clarkson's way on Tuesday night. A four game win streak, a hot goaltender, an even hotter penalty kill and the hype that surrounds this series. Clarkson could have come in an just expected to coast to a win. However, Saint Lawrence had other thoughts. The first period opened up with sloppy play on both sides and heading towards first intermission both teams would probably feel fortunate not to make the big mistake and go to the locker room 0-0. Shawn Weller changed that.

On their second powerplay of the night, Weller roofed a Zalewski rebound over Kain Tisi and the Knights were on the board. The thing is that the powerplay in it's previous chance looked a little disoriented. The second time around, however, the Knights were crisp with their passes and Dodge's initial shot from the left wing circle freed up Weller as he skated in from the bottom of the goal, collected the rebound and made no mistake on the shot. Tisi had no chance. End of 1, Clarkson up one, nil.

Goals in the last minute of a period are a coaches nightmare. The team has 15 minutes to dwell on the mistake they made. They can deflate a team. Joe Marsh is one of the best coaches in the country and St. Lawrence came out ready to work in the second period, and they out worked Clarkson for the first 10 minutes of the second. Clarkson was on their heels and got caught not moving their feet, resulting in a SLU powerplay at 1:13 of the period.

SLU could not get much going on the powerplay early on, but a high stick call against Chris D'Alvise gave the Saints a 50 second five on three advantage. This is where Clarkson's newly found defense stepped up. With Grant Clitsome and Phil Paquet manning the bottom of the triangle, Nick Dodge was allowed to aggressively attack the points of the SLU powerplay. Dodge would challenge the SLU point men with Clitsome sliding over to fill the void. Clitsome himself cleared the puck 3 times on the 5 on 3 and SLU never really got a quality look. Shots that did get through were stopped by David Leggio, who made 13 saves in the period and 31 in the game.

SLU kept working through the powerplay futility and was rewarded with three more powerplays through the period. SLU took one penalty on an obvious dive by Zach Miskovic. The dive was probably one of the more entertaining events of the evening as Miskovic went into the left wing corner with Mike Sullivan. The two bumped into each other and Miskovic leaped forward as if he was sprung from a cannon, landed on his stomach. Saw the refs hand in the air, and on his way to his bench was grabbed by an assistant ref and sent to the box.

A quick word about tonight's referee Peter Feola, he was excellent. Their has been quite a bit of complaining about the refs in this league calling too tight a game. With penalty minutes reaching the 40 minute mark in some games, I would be inclined to agree. Feola called what needed to be called and kept the pace of the game moving. There were no even up calls, or calls for phantom hits. When it came time to make a crucial call on a reviewable goal, I'll get to that in a bit, Feola made the right call. This was the best officiating crew I have seen all year in the league and I hope the ECAC takes notice.

As the second period wound down, SLU was awarded another powerplay. With Zalewski in the box for high sticking, the Saints looked to score their own last minute goal and tie up the game and let it be decided in the third. Clarkson penalty kill again was pro-active lead this time by defenseman Phil Paquet. Paquet has had a rough first semester. He's taken 79 penalty minutes and has been thrown out of three games for hits from behind. After the last ejection at St. Cloud he has cleaned up his act. Paired up with Clitsome they are the top defensive pairing right now and are a large reason Clarkson has only allowed 5 goals in the last 5 games. Paquet was a monster on this last kill and was a big reason the Knights went to the locker room with a 1-0 lead.

The third period started with a delay to fix the dasher between two pains of glass in front of section 11. This lead to everyone in the known universe asking how many engineers it takes to fix a pain of glass. The answer is apparently six. The delay didn't affect either team and the first powerplay of the period went to Clarkson. This did not bode well for the Knights.

David Leggio attempted a clearing pass that caught one of the dashers in the corner and the puck ricocheted right to Travis Vermeulen who made no mistake on the shot and tied the game at one. Bad bounces are something good teams overcome. Clarkson showed the crowd of 3525 why they are a good team in the second half of the period.

With Miskovic sitting for a holding penalty the Knights set up the powerplay once again. A flurry in front of the net appeared to go in of a Grant Clitsome deflection, right before the net was taken off it's moorings. The initial call from Feola was a goal, but he felt the need to have the goal reviewed, and rightly so. After about 4 minutes of review using the over head and behind the net cameras, Feola ruled that the net had come off it's pegs before the puck crossed the line. The game remained 1-1. When viewing the game through green tinted glasses, the call seems a bit dubious, but Feola followed procedure and got it right. The ultimate job of an official.

Clarkson would not be denied and just one minute later Shea Guthrie used all of his individual talent and scored his fourth goal of the year, easily his best of the season. Guthrie came down the left wing side and at the faceoff dot cut in towards net. As he cut in a Saint defender took a chance and tried to lay out Guthrie. He missed. Guthrie fought off the ill placed check, kicked the puck to his stick and snapped a shot top shelf that rattled the water bottles behind Tisi. For the second time in the contest Cain Tisi had no chance to stop the shot. Clarkson was back on top 2-1.

The Saints were not done, and they would not go away. A minute after the goal David Cayer took a tripping call that gave SLU their final powerplay chance. Once again, for the thirty-first consecutive time, the Knights were equal to the task. This penalty kill was highlighted by Dodge. Aggressively attacking the point and blocking shots Dodge killed off the first minute and a half of the man advantage nearly by him self. The ultimate team player Dodge took a hard shot to the leg after sprawling out to block the shot. He limped to the bench and returned later in the game, but that action alone speaks volumes to the team's commitment to defense.

As the clocked waned, the Cheel arena crowd could feel an immanent victory. A bad icing by Weller gave SLU a faceoff in the Clarkson zone with 1:17 left in the period. SLU could not execute the play they drew up in the time out and the puck ended up on Weller's stick again. This time the junior made no mistake and he carried the puck over the red line and rifled a shot into the empty net sealing the win.

The game of hockey is filled with streaks. Winning streaks, losing streaks, point streaks, hot streaks and cold streaks. Clarkson has been through a cold snap and has rebounded with five straight wins. The break comes at a good time for the team, headed into exams after defeating the school's biggest rival and a date with the defending national champion on deck. The Golden Knights control their own destiny right now and if they continue the level of play into February and March, they will be a team to watch into the playoffs.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


9:19p - Weller redeems himself for the icing with the empty netter and the first star of the game. Clarkson is now 11-5-2 and will enjoy a 3 week vacation before they head to Wisconsin.


9:12p - Timeout SLU after a dumb icing from Weller. SLU with the empty net on the other end.

9:07p - Well that was an eventful 12 minutes. Goal waived off, and Guthrie with an absolute highlight reel goal. We'll be seeing that one again. 2-1 Knights with under 4 to play.

8:55p - REPLAY TIME!

8:44p - How did that go in? 1-1 on a bad goal. And now the video feed is dying.

8:39p - Obligatory "How many engineers does it take...." joke.

8:30p - Gotta love WCKN for still running 1997 Clarkson Hockey promo.

8:07p - Clarkson has taken 3 penalties this period and has killed them all off. The 5 on 3 for SLU was probably their best chances of the game. The game has settled down, SLU might have a slight edge but play is very even. Shots are 21-14 SLU right now.

7:45p - The powerplay looked very good at the end of the period, ultimately resulting in a goal. Weller took a rebound of a Zalewski shot and roofed it. Tisi really couldn't do anything after the initial save. Moral of the story, keep Clarkson off the powerplay. Clarkson's worst period statistically their worst, so I would expect an answer from SLU to start the second.


7:14p - Clarkson headed on the powerplay. Not much doing. Both teams start out 0 for 1 on the man up.

7:08p - Clarkson sporting a new third jersey tonight. Gold jersey with a green stripe and a yellow "KNIGHTS" across the chest in script. St. Lawrence headed on the first powerplay. Overall play has been sloppy on both sides to start out.

7:02p - GAME ON!

4:45p - Doors are open and the general admission section is filling up. The game is sold out and the 1000 standing room tickets will be on sale in 15 minutes. Coming up on WCKN is the Golden Knights Pre-Game show featuring interviews with coach Roll and Brodie Rutherglen.

2:45p - Quotes from the Coach:
"It has been a good turn around for us after the four-game losing streak, I think we got back to doing the simple things and really playing sound defensive hockey. We have given up just four goals in four games and if you do that you are going to have a lot of success. The goal scoring might not be up to where it was earlier in the season, but certainly our defensive awareness has improved and our specialty teams have been outstanding. That is a good combination of things to have going right."

1:46p - It's good to hear that there were some people camping out in Cheel this morning waiting for the doors to open at 4:00 this afternoon. It's a difficult tradition to uphold on a Tuesday during dead week, but what's a couple points shaved off the GPA in trade for some seats on the glass?

12:50p - For those who aren't in the WCKN viewing radius, the video feed is streaming the classic games right now to get the bugs out before tonight. Right now Clarkson is up 3-0 on goals two goals from Kevin O'Flaherty and Chris Blight. - gobe

12:01p - Kyle over at WCKN made a tremendous save after we suggested he show the 2001-2002 SLU game instead of a brtual defeat. They've been doing a spectacular job with hockey coverage as well as keeping the fanbase apprised of the video streaming situation over at the Roundtable.

The 2001-2002 SLU game at Cheel was possibly the greatest game ever played at the arena IMHO. A record crowd showed up, destroying the previous record. Clarkson got off to a hot start, faced a SLU comeback, which lead to an unbelievable overtime which tipped the North Country upside down. If you're on campus, they'll be showing this one shortly. Definitely worth watching if you weren't around to see it. -Ron


6:30 The Golden Knight Pre-Game Show

Monday, December 04, 2006

Pre-SLU Interview with Josh Bartell

Clarkson Hockey color commentator and former Golden Knight, Josh Bartell, joins us for a pre-SLU chat the day before the game game at Cheel Arena. In between Slap Shot quotes we managed to get this out of the affable Bartell:

CHF: So Josh, why don't you tell us what the rivalry means to you as a former Golden Knight yourself.

Josh Bartell: It is fun... something that connects the different generations... I love that my kids to go now and are excited for the game.

CHF: When people talk about the biggest rivalries in hockey, Clarkson and SLU get a mention, but usually don't end up at the top. What would be your argument for it being the best?

Josh: I think the History in terms of years back and the involvement of the towns. BC -BU is in one city, but this is Canton v. Potsdam.

CHF: What's the most memorable SLU game that you were part of? How about the most memorable that you've ever seen?

Josh: As a player it was sweeping them out of the playoffs in ‘93. Although my first game in the series was at Appleton and I was not quite ready for that. Best game seen was the ECAC final in Placid in ’99.

CHF: Do you see this match-up as a chance for underclassmen to step up, or upperclassmen to take control?

Josh: This is a chance for anyone to reveal themselves as a leader. This is a series that can make heroes out of anyone. The pressure here shows how you can play under intense conditions.

CHF: How do you feel about the games being on Tuesday's this year?

Josh: I hate it. 1 day of practice to prepare is not fun

CHF: What does that do to a team physically and mentally? What kind of game will we see out there?

Josh: Physically both teams are in the same boat, so maybe the Knights have an edge coming off the sweep. Over the years you don't see a lot of blowouts because both teams are well prepared for the game. I hope we see a game that is fast that is void of 12 PP's per team

CHF: Can you explain Clarkson's recent success on special teams, 5-16 PP 22-22 PK, in the past two games?

Josh: Hard Work. It is easy to get complacent on the power play...so a PP that works hard will create more chances for itself.

CHF: How important was getting Michael Grenzy back?

Josh: Very nice to get a big d back. He was missed as a defensive presence and offensively. I think he was missed more than most expected

CHF: This game falls before a long break for the team, do you see this as an advantage or disadvantage?

Josh: No. The only advantage is you don't spend the rest of the week before finals distracted about the game.

CHF: Your take on the Saints team this year?

Josh: I don't know much about them... I will do some research tomorrow before the game.

CHF: If you were winging it right now, complete with clichés, what would you say?

Josh: The team that usually wins is the one that can capture the emotion of the game with out turning it into a night of killing penalties. Well with the Democrats winning the midterms, the Red Sox winning a World Series more recently than the Yankees, this is one of those events that lets me know the world is ok.

Hope the students are out in full force tomorrow. They have been great and they can make the difference between a good crowd and an amazing crowd.

CHF: Is this the type of rivalry that if you were playing would you go out the next day and have a beer with the SLU guys, or punching them in the face?

Josh: Beer.

CHF: Who is going to step up and make a difference (be the hero) tomorrow?

Josh: Guthrie is going to bust out tomorrow.

CHF: I was shocked that you didn't say Lavoie. Any particular reason you're going with Shea?

Josh: Nope.

CHF: Prediction for tomorrow?

Josh: The game will be sold out?

CHF: Score?

Josh: 5-2

CHF: Lobster Thermador or Oyster Crackers and Fresca in the Barben Rooms?

Josh: Lobster.

CHF: Bob's hairpiece falls off during the game? Yes or no.

Josh: Bob's hairpiece fell off and landed on my back five years ago in Marquette MI and I haven't been able to get it off since.

Josh: "I never go out to intentionally hurt anybody...unless it is some thing important, like a league game." -Dick Butkus

Clarkson SLU: Tale of the Tape

  • Record: 8-5-0 ECAC Record: 5-1-0
  • Goals For: 44 Goals Against: 37
  • Powerplay: 15.3% Penalty Kill: 83.5%

Scoring Leaders:
  • M. McKenzie 5-9-14
  • K. Rank 4-8-12
  • C. Giffin 6-5-11
  • D. Bagnall 3-8-11
  • K. DeVergilio 1-8-9

Goaltending Leaders:

  • K. Tisi 2-1-0 2.32
  • A. Petizian 4-2-0 2.35
  • J. Pesony 2-2-0 3.28


  • Record: 10-5-1 ECAC Record: 4-2-0
  • Goals For: 62 Goals Against: 44
  • Powerplay 23.6% Penalty Kill 85.6%

Scoring Leaders

  • S. Zalewski 11-7-18
  • N. Dodge 6-11-17
  • D. Cayer 9-8-17
  • M. Beca 4-11-15
  • S. Weller 5-8-13

Goaltending Leaders

  • D. Leggio 9-3-1 2.37
  • K. McNulty 1-2-0 3.92

Saturday, December 02, 2006



David Cayer's third period goal gives the Knights a 2-1 win at Brown.
Clarkson perfect on penalty kill for the weekend.
Leggio makes 28 saves for his 9th win on the year.
Golden Knight's first win at Meehan in 5 years.
Grenzy's first of the year gave Clarkson a 1-0 lead. EDIT: The goal was given to Brodie Rutherglen on a tip with the assist to Grenzy.

At Yale Clarkson tallied 4 powerplay markers to defeat Yale 4-1.
Dodge and Cayer have hand in all four goals.
Yale goes 0 for 13 on the powerplay.
Leggio makes 35 saves in the win.

Women also sweep.
Genevieve Lavoie scores 6 of the Knights 8 goals. With a hat trick on BOTH nights.
Hansen stays hot with 56 saves on the weekend.
Women take on Niagara next weekend.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Weekend Preview

The Golden Knights enter a crucial five day stretch in which six league points will be up for grab. Friday at Yale the Knights look to upset a surprisingly strong Yale team. Saturday Clarkson takes on an improving Brown team, and of course Tuesday marks the first round of the North Country battle. If Clarkson continues it's play from the past weekend, the games should fall the Knights way. However, we've all seen the results when the effort isn't there.

In New Haven, Clarkson will take on a Yale squad that is playing well behind first year coach Keith Allain. The Bulldogs have not won in two weeks however, skating to a 4-4 tie with Mercyhurst on the 21st, and losing to BU last Saturday in OT. In a league where free skating and limited obstruction are being emphasized, the Bulldogs are throwing their weight around. Yale leads the league in penalty minutes per game at 28.2, in their four league games the Eli's have average 35 minutes per game. The Golden Knights will need to capitalize early and often in what is sure to be a game where the referees are will spend a good amount of time pointed skyward.

While there will be plenty of time for the powerplay to get some work in, the penalty kill will need to be just as sharp as the Knights are the second most penalized team in the league with 24.6 per game. Yale's penalty kill is 6th in the league at 84 percent while the Knights are 8th at 82 percent. Clarkson's powerplay leads the league at 22 percent while Yale's is 6th at 16 percent. On paper Clarkson should win the special team's battle. But we all know that games are not played on paper, they're played inside my computer.

Goaltending is going to be the make or break factor for all three teams this weekend. Yale's Alec Richards and Brown's Dan Rosen are starting to emerge as two of the top goalies in the league. Richards showed some brilliance last year, but his defense in front of him was pretty awful and he was hung out to dry too many times. Rosen is an unknown who's sample size of games is kind of small to be making him goaltender of the year just yet, but Clarkson seems to have a knack of making unknowns look like Patrick Roy. Special teams are the great equalizer however. No matter how good a goalie is playing, sometimes it's hard to stop a 5 on 3 powerplay. The success of the weekend will boil down to how the Knights execute and adapt with their powerplay and penalty kill.

For predictions, I like the way this weekend shapes up for the Knights. Three games then three weeks off. The Knights should be expected to put forth a good effort and re-establish their buzz around the league. Six points is a possibility but they have to put forth a sixty minute effort for all three games.

Clarkson 4 - Yale 1
Clarkson 5 - Brown 2

And I'll save my SLU pick for Tuesday.