Clarkson (7-5-2 overall, 2-2-1 ECAC Hockey) returns to conference play this weekend, as well as to a true road venue, when it travels to face Princeton (5-4, 5-2) and Quinnipiac (7-6-1, 3-3-1). The Golden Knights have only played one real road contest this season, and that was when they played at the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Oct. 8 in the opening round of the Mutual of Omaha Stampede.
Clarkson Coach George Roll on the Weekend
"Both teams are playing well and have done well within the league and they are two teams that are ahead of us in the standings. I think it's an important two games for us, in terms of not only the standings, but to keep playing the type of hockey we have been playing."
Stat of the Weekend: Clarkson is 1-4 in its last five games at both venues this weekend: Princeton's Hobey Baker Rink and Quinnipiac's TD Banknorth Center. The last win in each venue came in 2007.
Who to Watch
Clarkson vs. Princeton:Senior Lauri Tuohimaa has six assists in six games against the Tigers. Senior Scott Freeman has two goals and three assists in six games. Senior Brandon DeFazio has two goals. Junior goalie Paul Karpowich is 1-2 with a 3.01 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in three games.
Clarkson vs. Quinnipiac:Scott Freeman has two goals and five assists in six games against the Bobcats. Lauri Tuohimaa has two goals and four assists and Brandon DeFazio has one goal and four assists. Senior defenseman Bryan Rufenach has three goals in four games against Quinnipiac. Paul Karpowich is 1-2 with a 3.05 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage in three games.
Princeton:Senior Matt Arhontas has three goals and three assists in five career games against Clarkson. Senior Mike Kramer has one goal and three assists, also in five games. The only Tiger goalie to face Clarkson is senior Alan Reynolds, who is 1-0 with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage in two games.
Quinnipiac:Junior Scott Zurevinski has one goal and two assists against the Golden Knights. Senior defenseman Zach Hansen has three assists. Junior goalie Dan Clarke is 2-1 with an .889 save percentage against Clarkson.
Special Teams Outlook
Clarkson:The Golden Knights have scored on only 4 of 54 power-play chances (7.4 percent) but lead the nation by killing 70 of 77 penalties (90.9). Clarkson has four shorthanded goals and has not allowed any. Jake Morley leads the team with two shorthanded goals.
Princeton:The Tigers have scored on 8 of 45 power-play chances (17.8 percent) and killed 38 of 42 penalties (90.5). Princeton has three shorthanded goals, but has allowed two. Matt Arhontas has three of the Tigers' power-play goals. Kevin Lohry has scored two of the shorthanded goals.
Quinnipiac:The Bobcats have converted on 9 of 61 power-play chances (14.8 percent) but killed only 53 of 68 penalties (77.9). Quinnipiac has scored a shorthanded goal, but given up two. Connor Jones leads the team with three power-play goals.
vs. Princeton:Clarkson scored three goals in the third period to defeat Princeton 4-3 in Cheel Arena last Feb. 12. Princeton had a 2-1 lead heading into the third. Clarkson's third-period goals came from Adam Pawlick, Dan Reed and Matt Beca. Here's footage of Beca's goal:
vs. Quinnipiac:Clarkson won 4-1 on Feb. 13 at Cheel Arena to earn a weekend sweep. Corey Tamblyn led the team with one goal and one assist. Scott Freeman, Matt Beca and Tim Marks also scored. Paul Karpowich stopped 21 of 22 shots.
Stats and Notes:Clarkson has a 70-26-5 lead in the all-time series against Princeton, but snapped a three-game losing streak to the Tigers with the win in Cheel Arena last season. Clarkson is 7-6 all-time against Quinnipiac. ... Clarkson has not allowed a power-play goal in the last 14 periods and has killed off 20 straight penalties. ... Clarkson's Matt Zarbo leads the team with a plus-five rating and has scored on 21.7 percent of his shots on goal. Jake Morley has two shorthanded goals and two first goals. Scott Freeman and Allan McPherson each have two game-winning goals. ... Clarkson has four players (who have taken more than 20 faceoffs) with a better than 50 percent success rate. Corey Tamblyn has been in the circle the most and is 151-125 (.547). Ben Sexton, who is out until at least late January with a broken arm, is 22-17 (.564). Pete Massar is 18-17 (.514) and Lauri Tuohimaa is 26-25 (.510). ... Jake Morley and Allan McPherson have each scored at least one point in three of the last four games. ... Clarkson is 7-0-2 if it scores first and 0-5 when it does not. ... Princeton tends to be in competitive games. The Tigers have played seven one-goal games this season and all nine of their games have had a point in the third period where the margin was just one goal. ... Princeton has won five of its last six games, which is the best stretch for the team since Feb. 2009. ... Eleven of Princeton's 21 goals have come on special teams. ... Princeton ranks sixth in the nation in scoring defense (2.11 goals against). ... Quinnipiac goalie Eric Harzell ranks fifth in the nation in save percentage (.933). ... When either Scott Zurevinski or Yuri Bouharevich score a goal or assist Quinnipiac is 6-1-1. ... Quinnipiac is 50-0-5 in its last 55 games with a lead after two periods. Clarkson fans will remember when the streak started as the Golden Knights rallied from a 2-0 hole to win the ECAC Hockey championship in 2007.