Clarkson men's hockey faces Canisius for 2nd time in two weeks
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:50 am

After opening the ECAC Hockey campaign with a 6-0 win at RPI on Friday, followed by a one-goal loss at nationally-ranked Union, 3-2, on Saturday, Clarkson University will now be off from conference action until the end of the month.

The Golden Knights begin a four-game stretch of non-league play this Saturday in Buffalo when they face off for the second time in two weeks against Atlantic Hockey foe Canisius College, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the HarborCenter.

Guided by eighth-year Head Coach Casey Jones and assistants Josh Hauge and Brent Brekke, Clarkson stands at 4-3 overall.

The Green and Gold return to Cheel Arena on November 16-17 for a weekend series against Michigan Tech, of the WCHA, and then take on archrival St. Lawrence in a non-league encounter in Lake Placid on November 24. The Knights resumes ECAC Hockey play hosting Brown and Yale in Potsdam on November 30 and December 1.

• After losing the opening game in the series vs. Canisius, the Knights are unbeaten against the Golden Griffins over the last six games (3-0-3) to hold a 3-1-3 lead. Clarkson won its third straight over the Golden Griffins, 4-1 at Cheel Arena just two weeks ago on October 27. The Knights swept Canisius in a home-and-home series last season, winning 5-1 on December 2 in Buffalo and 4-0 in Potsdam on January 2. The Knights had gone winless (0-1-3) in the previous four meetings. The series started in late November of 2008 at Cheel Arena with Canisius skating to a 4-3 overtime victory and a 4-4 tie at Cheel Arena.

• ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month for October, Jake Kielly carried over his strong play into November and was named the conference Goaltender of the Week. The junior from Eden Prairie, Minn., recorded his 12th career shutout with a season-high 34 saves in the win over RPI at Houston Field House on Friday. He posted 26 stops in the loss at Union on Saturday at Messa Rink, allowing just one even-strength goal against the 17th-ranked Dutchmen. Through two games of the ECAC campaign, Kielly leads the conference goaltenders in save percentage (.952) and goals against average (1.52). Kielly, who has played every minute in the Clarkson crease, posts a .924 SP and a 2.16 GAA overall, and has backstopped the Green and Gold to a 4-3 overall record. He suffered his first career lost in November (13-1-2) with the one-goal setback at Union.

• After giving up nine goals in the opening weekend at nationally-ranked Penn State, the Knights have allowed only seven goals combined over the last five games, tied for fourth in the nation during the span of October 19-November 3. Overall the Green and Gold have allowed 2.29 goals per game, tied for 16th in Division I.

• Clarkson has scored the opening goal in each of the first seven games, but has only held the lead after the first period three times.

• The Knights have outscored their opponents 5-2 in the opening 20 minutes and 12-7 in the third period.

• Clarkson is 5-1-2 in ECAC Hockey openers under Casey Jones.

• Junior forwards Devin Brosseau and Nico Sturm have been named "Robert E. Empie '68 Men's Hockey Team Captains" while senior forward Marly Quince and Jake Kielly will serve as assistant captains.

• With at least one point in every game this season, Nico Sturm leads the Knights in scoring with nine points on four goals and five assists through seven games. He tallied three goals in the opening ECAC Hockey weekend, including his sixth career two-goal outing in Friday's victory at RPI. His first goal against the Engineers was No.3 on ECAC Hockey Plays of the Week. The center has won a team-high 56.7% (55-42) of his faceoffs.

• Second on the team in scoring with eight points (3-5), Haralds Egle has tallied at least one point in each of the last five games.

• Center Josh Dunne leads all ECAC Hockey rookies in overall goals (4) and points (7) through seven games. He tallied the game-winning goal and one assist in Friday's win at RPI, but saw his four-game point streak come to an end on Saturday at Union. He is tied for 8th in the country in points per game (1.00) by a freshman. Dunne was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month for October.

• With the graduation loss of Terrance Amorosa '18 and Kelly Summers '18, and the 135 career points they took with them, the Knights were looking for someone to lead the way offensively on the blueline. Junior Greg Moro has been the offensive catalyst on the back end to start the season with six points. He shares the team lead in assists with five. Moro tallied a career-high three assists in the win at RPI and played a solid defensive role in the shutout.

• Sophomore defenseman Connor McCarthy scored his first career goal and second career point with the opening goal at Union, a power-play tally at 6:03 of the first period.

• Freshman Brian Hurley is enjoying a solid start to his collegiate campaign, recording four points (1-3) and a +3 plus/minus rating. Hurley was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week on October 22.

• Freshman right wing Chris Klack recorded his second consecutive two-point game with a pair of assists in the win at RPI. He also tallied two assists in the victory over Canisius (10/27).

• Freshman center Adam Tisdale picked up his first collegiate points with two assists in Friday's win over the Engineers.

• Clarkson's freshman class is accounting for 27% of the Knights' scoring with 18 points on five goals and 13 assists. Clarkson's heralded junior class is accounting for 45% of the scoring with 10 goals and 20 assists.

• Clarkson is 4-0-0 when leading after the second period. The Knights went 46-5-6 combined the previous three seasons when holding the lead through 40 minutes.

• In its 97th season, Clarkson boasts 73 winning campaigns and a 1,441-865-160 all-time record for a .617 winning percentage since 1920-21.

Scouting Canisius:

Canisius closes out a three-game home stand on Saturday when it hosts the Knights. The Golden Griffins, guided by second-year head coach Trevor Large, split last weekend at the HarborCenter, defeating Atlantic Hockey rival American International 4-2 on Friday before losing 6-1 to the Yellow Jackets on Saturday. Canisius stands at 3-4 overall and is tied for fourth in its conference standings with a 3-3 Atlantic Hockey mark. The Golden Griffins are allowing 4.14 goals per game, ranking 55th in Division I for team defense.

The Series:

After losing the opening game in the series vs. Canisius, the Knights are unbeaten against the Golden Griffins over the last six games (3-0-3) to hold a 3-1-3 lead. Clarkson won its third straight over the Golden Griffins, 4-1 at Cheel Arena just two weeks ago on October 27. The Knights swept Canisius in a home-and-home series last season, winning 5-1 on December 2 in Buffalo and 4-0 in Potsdam on January 2. The Knights had gone winless (0-1-3) in the previous four meetings. The series started in late November of 2008 at Cheel Arena with Canisius skating to a 4-3 overtime victory and a 4-4 tie at Cheel Arena.

Devin Brosseau has tallied a team-high five points in the series, including four assists. Josh Dunne, scored twice in the win on October 27. Nico Strum and Kevin Charyszyn have also scored twice against Canisius. Through three games against Canisius, Jake Kielly posts a .962 save percentage, a 0.66 goals against average, three wins and a shutout.