Clarkson shuts out Cornell to take over first place in ECAC Hockey
Plenty of big wins for the 7th/8th-ranked Clarkson University Hockey team through the first two months of the 2017-18 campaign, but Saturday's 4-0 victory at 5th/6th-ranked Cornell tops the list.
The Golden Knights gained a measure of revenge over the Big Red after last year's season-ending conference quarterfinal series loss in Ithaca and in the process take over sole possession of first place in ECAC Hockey.Clarkson, which defeated 19th-ranked Colgate 5-2 in Hamilton on Friday, earns it first regular-season series sweep of the Central NY rivals since late in the 1996-97 campaign. The Knights improve to 6-0-0 in league play for their best start in the conference since 1991-92.
The Knights, at 10-3-1 overall, will now travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland this week to participate in the Friendship Four Tournament on November 24-25. The Green and Gold will face off against Rensselaer in a non-league game on Friday and then take on either Providence or Maine in second-round play on Saturday.
Clarkson excelled in all facets of the game on Saturday night at Lynah Rink handing Cornell (7-1-0, 5-1-0) its first loss of the season.
Four different Knights found the back of the net as Clarkson outshot Cornell 23-15 on its home ice. Sophomore goaltender Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) backstopped Clarkson to its first shutout win over the Big Red since February 24, 2001 and now has an NCAA-high four whitewashes through 14 games.
Clarkson's power play, which was second in the nation coming into the weekend, continued to produce, connecting for two goals in six man-advantage opportunities. The Green and Gold killed off all six of the Big Red's power plays.
The Knights wasted little time in setting the tone at Lynah Rink with a pair of goals in the first six minutes. Freshman Jere Astren (Helsinki, Finland) started the surge with his third goal of the season, a power-play tally through a screen at 2:53. Freshman Jack Jacome (Caledon, ONT) and sophomore Haralds Egle (Liepaia, Latvia) assisted.
At 5:21, Jacome connected for his second collegiate goal, finishing off assists from classmate Josh Dickinson (Georgetown, ONT) and sophomore defenseman Greg Moro (Edmonton, ALB).
Clarkson continued to roll in the middle frame and added two more goals in a span of 28 seconds late in the stanza.
The Knights' leading scorer, sophomore Sheldon Rempal (Calgary, ALB) fired a shot just under the crossbar for his 11th goal of the season at 15:38 after taking a perfect pass from sophomore linemate Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE).
At 16:06, senior defenseman Terrance Amorosa (Kirkland, QUE) connected on a power-play blast for his fourth goal of the season, giving the Green and Gold a 4-0 lead through 40 minutes. Rempal and Brosseau set up the score.