Clarkson men's hockey stretches win streak to nine games with 5-1 victory at Canisius
Another complete effort on the road boosted the Clarkson University Hockey team to a 5-1 victory over Canisius College at the Harbor Center in Western NY on Saturday night, capping off a perfect seven-game road trip for the Green and Gold.
With the non-league victory over the Golden Griffins, the third-ranked Golden Knights stretch their winning streak to nine games and improved their record to 13-3-1 overall.Four different Knights found the back of the net against Canisius with Clarkson's top scorer, Sheldon Rempal (Calgary, ALB) leading the way with two goals and one assist, giving the sophomore right wing an ECAC Hockey-high 22 points on the season. Junior Marly Quince (Sioux Lookout, ONT), sophomore Nico Sturm (Augsburg, Germany) and freshman Josh Dickinson (Georgetown, ONT) also scored as the Knights snapped Canisius' (8-5-1) five-game winning streak.
Sophomore goaltender Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) made 24 saves as Clarkson outshot the Golden Griffins 35-25.
The Knights continue to excel in specialty teams play, going 2-of-4 on the power play, while killing off the home team's lone man-advantage chance. Clarkson has now scored at least one power-play goal in each of the last nine games and 17 total during that span.
After a scoreless first period, Clarkson found the groove early in the middle frame, scoring three times in a span of 4:11 in the opening seven minutes to take control en route to their first victory ever over Canisius.
Quince started the roll with his second goal of the year with a shot from between the circles at 2:36 after a nice pass from senior defenseman Kelly Summers (Golden Lake, ONT). Classmate Juho Jokiharju (Tampere, Finland) also assisted.
Just 2:01 later, Rempal connected for his first goal of the night with the assist going to sophomore linemate Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE).
Clarkson's Sophomore Line converted again at 6:47 as Sturm finished off a line rush with Rempal and Brosseau for his fourth goal of the season.
Canisius scored its lone goal of the night with Felix Chamberland connecting at 15:17.
Clarkson wrapped up the road win with a pair of power-play tallies in the final frame.
Rempal tallied his 13th goal of the season at 7:13 with Sturm and Brosseau, with his third helper of the night, assisting on the power-play marker.
The NCAA's leading rookie goal scorer, Dickinson closed out the night with his 10th goal of the year, finishing off assists from classmates Jack Jacome (Caledon, ONT) and defenseman Jere Astren (Helsinki, Finland) at 11:22. Dickinson has tallied all his goals during the nine-game winning streak, while Jacome has 13 points (1-12) during that same span.
Clarkson returns to ECAC Hockey play this coming weekend with a home-and-home series in the North Country vs archrival St. Lawrence. The Green and Gold will play their first game at home in over a month when they host the Saints at Cheel Arena on Friday, and then close out the 2017 portion of the schedule with a rematch against St. Lawrence in Canton on Saturday.