Coming off two solid efforts, but just one win to show for its hard work last weekend, the Clarkson University Hockey team will be looking for better results on the scoreboard this Friday and Saturday when it hosts Bentley University in the first ever meetings between the two schools. The Golden Knights face off against the Falcons at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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Guided by eighth-year head coach George Roll, associate coach Greg Drechsel and assistant coach Chris Rogles, the Knights opened their 20th campaign at Cheel Arena last Friday with an impressive 4-0 victory over Bowling Green. On Saturday, however, the Green and Gold could not capitalize on their chances and suffered a 3-0 loss to the Falcons.
Clarkson, led by junior captain Mark Borowiecki (Kanata, ONT) and assistant captains, senior Brandon DeFazio (Oakville, ONT) and junior Jake Morley (Ogdensburg, NY), stands at 2-2 overall. The Knights opened their 89th season of hockey on October 8-9 with a pair of games against nationally-ranked foes at the Omaha Stampede in Nebraska. After falling to Nebraska-Omaha 8-0 in the first game, Clarkson came back with a 6-2 victory over St. Cloud State.
Junior Paul Karpowich (Thunder Bay, ONT) backstopped Clarkson to its first shutout victory in over two years and the Golden Knights received a balanced offensive effort with four different goal scorers in Friday’s blanking of Bowling Green. Senior Scott Freeman (Whitby, ONT) and Morley tallied in the first period, and freshman Mike Garlasco (Mahwah, NJ), with his first collegiate goal, and DeFazio scored in the third as the Green and Gold won their second straight game.
On Saturday, despite out shooting the Falcons 31-24, Clarkson suffered its second shutout of the season.
After a non-league encounter against North Country rival St. Lawrence Univesity for Halloween Faceoff at the Herb Brooks 1980 Arena in Lake Placid on October 30, the Knights open ECAC Hockey play with five consecutive games at Cheel Arena, beginning with Colgate University on November 5.
In the midst of a five-game road trip, Bentley, of Atlantic Hockey, opened its season with a pair of losses against ECAC foes. The Falcons, guided by head coach Ryan Soderquist, came up short in a late rally at Quinnipiac last Friday, falling 3-2 to the Bobcats in Hamden, CT. On Saturday in Troy, NY, Bentley was shut out by Rensselaer, 3-0. After this weekend’s series in Potsdam, the Falcons play at Northeastern on October 30 before opening the home portion of its schedule in Waltham, MA with a weekend series against conference foe Niagara University on November 12-13. Bentley skated to a 12-19-4 overall record, including an 8th-place 10-15-3 Atlantic Hockey mark, in 2009-10.
Clarkson has scored 10 goals combined in its two wins … Clarkson shut out Bowling Green 4-0 to open its 20th season at Cheel Arena on Friday, but was blanked by the Falcons 3-0 on Saturday … Paul Karpowich made 31 saves in recording his first career shutout victory and Clarkson’s first blanking of an opponent that resulted in a win since the 1-0 triumph over Colgate on March 14, 2008 in Game One of the ECAC Quarterfinal series at Cheel Arena. Karpowich’s first career shutout was a 27-save effort in a 0-0 tie vs. Cornell in Potsdam on January 31 … Karpowich posts a .927 save percentage and a 2.46 goals against average through 220 minutes this season … Nine different Golden Knights have accounted for the 10 goals through the first four games … Jake Morley leads the Green and Gold with two goals … Senior defenseman Bryan Rufenach (Barrie, ONT) leads the Knights in points with four, including a team-high three assists … Scott Freeman has two points (1-1) this season and 71 for his career (19-52), closest to the Century mark of the current Clarkson players … Clarkson’s freshman class has accounted for 32% of the Knights scoring with two goals and six assists through the first four games … Mike Garlasco leads the Clarkson rookies in scoring with three points (1-2) through three games … The Knights are still looking for their first power-play goal of the season, going 0-of-18 with the man-advantage through the first four games … Clarkson began its 20th season at Cheel Arena this past weekend. The Knights have gone 12-6-2 in their first 20 official season openers at the venue and are 5-0-1 in the opener at Cheel the past six seasons … Eight former Golden Knight all-stars - Chris Clark ‘98 (Columbus), Erik Cole (Carolina), Craig Conroy (Calgary), Kent Huskins ‘01 (San Jose), Randy Jones (Tampa Bay), Todd Marchant (Anaheim), Willie Mitchell (Los Angeles) and Todd White ’97 (NY Rangers) were on opening day National Hockey League rosters.