Standing at .500 in ECAC Hockey the Clarkson University Hockey team will look to move up in the conference standings when it resumes league play this weekend. Guided by second-year head coach Casey Jones and assistants Phil Roy ’00 and Andy Jones the Golden Knights host Brown and Yale this Friday and Saturday in a pair of 7:00 p.m. games at Cheel Arena. The series against the Bears and Bulldogs begins a final 15-game stretch of ECAC Hockey play for the Green and Gold.
Clarkson, which owns a 3-3-1 league record, will being playing its first ECAC Hockey games since defeating St. Lawrence 4-1 in Canton on December 5.
This past weekend in Potsdam, Clarkson closed out a disappointing non-league slate as Hockey East’s UMass-Lowell swept the Green and Gold at Cheel 2-1 and 6-2. On Friday, senior defenseman Andrew Himelson (Monroe, NY) scored his first goal of the season to give the Knights the early lead, but the River Hawks tallied a pair of third-period goals to hand Clarkson its fourth one-goal defeat of the season. Freshman Greg Lewis (Mars, PA) finished 28 saves in the Knights’ crease. On Saturday, Lowell jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead and never looked back. Junior Allan McPherson (Kinburn, ONT) and Will Frederick (Allison Park, PA) scored late, but it was not enough as the Green and Gold suffered their third consecutive loss, dropping their overall record to 4-10-5.
The Knights finished 1-7-4 in out-of-conference play, with the lone non-league win being a 3-1 victory over St. Lawrence in Lake Placid on December 8.
Brown owns a 4-6-4 overall record and starts the New Year in search of its first ECAC Hockey victory of the season. The Bears, guided by fourth-year head coach Brendan Whittet, are in a three-way tie for 10th place in the conference standings at 0-3-4. Brown will be playing its first NCAA game of the 2013 portion of the schedule after skating past the Russian Red Stars 7-1 in exhibition action at Meehan Auditorium on January 2. The Bears are 1-1-2 over their past four Division I games with the lone setback being a 3-1 defeat to 11th-ranked Minnesota State in the opening round of the UConn Holiday Tournament on December 29. Brown defeated American International 7-2 the next night to close out 2012.
Ranked 14th in the national polls, Yale, guided by seventh-year head coach Keith Allain, travels to the North Country with a 7-4-3 overall record. The Bulldogs, who play at St. Lawrence on Friday, are tied with Clarkson and Colgate for sixth place in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 3-3-1 league mark. After suffering a disappointing 5-4 loss at Holy Cross on December 30 to close out 2012, Yale came back with a strong effort in a 3-3 tie at 2nd/3rd-ranked Boston College to open the New Year on January 4.
Clarkson leads Brown in their all-time series, which began in 1953, by a commanding 58-15-8 margin. The Knights have gone 6-2-2 against the Bears over the last 10 meetings and are currently on a five-game unbeaten streak (2-0-3) in the series.
In their first game this season, Clarkson battled back for a 3-3 tie in Providence on November 10 as Adam Pawlick scored his first goal of the season to knot the game for the final time midway through the third period.
Clarkson took three of four league points from the Bears in 2011-12 with a 2-2 tie at Cheel Arena (1/14) and a 3-1 win at Meehan Auditorium (2/3). Clarkson won both games in 2010-11 (3-1, 4-1), while the Bears swept two games from the Green and Gold in 2009-10 by 3-2 scores.
Clarkson is 18-4-4 all-time against Brown at Cheel Arena. The Bears’ last win in Potsdam was a 3-2 triumph on January 23, 2010.
Allan McPherson has scored two goals and three assists in five games against Brown, while Ben Sexton also has five points against the Bears, including four assists, in three games. Will Frederick also has tallied two goals through five games of the series. Greg Lewis posted 27 saves (.900 sv%) through 65 minutes in the 3-3 tie earlier this season
Clarkson leads the all-time series against Yale, which began in 1929-30, 70-35-4, and has won two of the last three encounters. Greg Lewis made 23 saves and Jarrett Burton scored late in regulation as the Knights shut out the Bulldogs 1-0 in New Haven, CT on November 9 to gain their first win of the season.
Last year, the Knights snapped a four-game losing skid in the rivalry with a come-from-behind 5-4ot triumph in Potsdam on January 15, 2012. Yale came back with a 5-1 victory at Ingalls Rink on February 4 in the second meeting of 2011-12 campaign.
Clarkson is 17-6 at Cheel Arena against Yale. The Bulldogs’ last victory in Potsdam was a 6-3 win on February 12, 2011.
Sam Labrecque has scored two goals, including the overtime game-winner last year, and one assist in two games against Yale. Adam Pawlick and Ben Sexton also have three points in the rivalry with one goal and two assists each against the Bulldogs. Burton has two goals in the series.
Clarkson’s final 15 regular season games are all ECAC Hockey contests with nine of those at Cheel Arena … The Knights are just 1-6-1 at home, but are 1-1 in their only two league games in Potsdam so far this season … Clarkson’s penalty kill, which struggled in the first half of the season, was strong in the first two games of 2013. The Knights killed off 11-of-12 Lowell power plays over the weekend (91.6%), allowing only a goal late in a five-minute major with less than three minutes to play in Saturday’s contest. Clarkson is 71-91 (78%) overall on the penalty kill … The Knights’ power play is in a drought having failed to score a goal on the man-advantage in the last six games (0-15). Overall, Clarkson is 11-77 on the power play (14.3%) … Allan McPherson leads the Knights’ offense with 16 points, including a team-high 12 assists. McPherson posts a +10 plus/minus rating … Junior Jarrett Burton (Echo Bay, ONT) has 13 points and a team-high seven goals … Freshman Pat Megannety has tallied an assist in each of the last three games and has 11 points on the season (5-6) … Will Frederick netted the Knights’ third shorthanded goal of the season and first of his career late in Saturday’s game against Lowell … Assistant captain Andrew Himelson, who has battled through injuries this season, scored his first goal of the season in Friday’s game against Lowell. He is tied with sophomore Sam Labrecque (Granby, QUE) for career points among current Clarkson defensemen with 27 (6-21) … Freshman forward T.J. Moor (Lake St. Louis, MO), who joined the team at the start of the New Year, played in both games over the weekend and recorded one assist … Greg Lewis has started 17 games in the Clarkson goal and posts a .901 save percentage, a 2.84 goals against average, four wins and one shutout (1-0 over Yale on Nov. 9) … Clarkson’s captain Ben Sexton (Kanata, ONT) will have to sit out Friday’s game against Brown after being called for a game disqualification penalty on Saturday against Lowell … Sophomore defenseman Kevin Tansey (Hammond, ONT) is back at Clarkson for the second semester after missing the opening months of school due to injuries suffered from an assault late this past summer. Tansey will not play this year as he works to regain his strength and hockey conditioning ... Clarkson Hockey will be holding an Alumni Game at Cheel Arena on Saturday, January 19 beginning at 10:45 am. The Golden Knights will be playing St. Lawrence later that day, 7:00 p.m. at Cheel.