For the first time since Oct. 24-25, 2008, the Golden Knights will face the top-ranked team in the nation when they skate against Yale at 7 tonight at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, Conn.
Clarkson (11-8-2 overall, 5-3-1 ECAC Hockey) hosted Colorado College in that series and came away with 1-1 and 2-2 ties. Clarkson's last win over a No. 1 team earned the team a spot in the Frozen Four when the Golden Knights defeated Lake Superior State 4-3 on March 24, 1991. Clarkson head coach George Roll and associate head coach Greg Drechsel were both assistant coaches on that team and assistant coach Chris Rogles was a sophomore goalie.
Yale (15-2, 9-1) had a 10-game win streak snapped on Sunday when it lost 3-2 at Brown. It was also the first conference loss of the season for the Bulldogs. Yale's only other loss came 4-3 at Air Force on Nov. 14.
Brown (6-7-4, 4-5-1) is just 1-3-2 at home this season, with the win over Yale the Bears only victory at Meehan Auditorium in Providence, R.I. Brown also upset Yale in an ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal series last year and wound up finishing third in the conference tournament.
Stat of the Night:
vs. Yale: The Bulldogs have trailed for 62 minutes and 10 seconds this season, just 6.1 percent of the total time they've been on the ice. Yale has had the lead in games 62.2 percent of the time.
vs. Brown:Almost half of Brown's 57 goals have come from just two players: Jack Maclellan, who has 12, and Harry Zolnierczyk, who has 11.
Who to Watch
Clarkson vs. Yale
F Brandon DeFazio 5 games 1 goal-2 assists 3 points
F Scott Freeman 5 1-2 3
F Corey Tamblyn 4 0-3 3
*Senior F Lauri Tuohimaa has one goal and four assists in six games but is not in the lineup tonight*
G Paul Karpowich 0-3-0 3.64 GAA .928 save pct.
Clarkson vs. Brown
F Brandon DeFazio 6 2-2 4
F Scott Freeman 6 1-3 4
D Bryan Rufenach 6 1-2 3
F Lauri Tuohimaa 6 1-2 3
G Paul Karpowich 2-2-0 3.07 .902
Yale vs. Clarkson (games played not available)
F Broc Little 5-4 9
F Denny Kearney 1-6 7
F Jeff Anderson 2-2 4
G Nick Maricic 1-0-0 2.00 .920
G Jeff Malcolm ND .833
Brown vs. Clarkson (games played not available)
F Harry Zolnierczyk 2-2 4
D Jeff Buvinow 1-2 3
G Mike Clemente 2-1-0 2.67 .913
Special Teams Watch
PP 10-94 10.6 percent
Kill 104-120 86.7 percent
6 shorthanded/none allowed
INDIVIDUALS: Nick Tremblay and Mark Borowiecki (2 PP goals), Jake Morley (2 SH goals).
PP 25-94 26.7 percent
Kill 68-83 81.9 percent
1 shorthanded/3 allowed
INDIVIDUALS: Brian O'Neill (5 PP), Broc Little (1 SH) and Chris Cahill (4 PP), Andrew Miller and Chad Ziegler (3 PP).
PP 16-73 21.9 percent
Kill 70-87 80.5 percent
5 shorthanded/4 allowed
INDIVIDUALS: Harry Zolnierczyk (4 PP, 2 SH), Dennis Robertson (4 PP), Jack Maclellan (3 PP, 2 SH).
Clarkson vs. Yale:The Golden Knights led 4-1 with less than 10 minutes to play before Yale rallied to send the game to overtime. Broc Little scored the game-tying goal at 13 minutes, 19 seconds of the third period and scored the game-winner at 3:07 of overtime. Yale outshot the Golden Knights 56-26, including a 26-8 edge in the third period and overtime.
Clarkson vs. Brown:Clarkson led 1-0 heading into the third period after an unassisted goal by Matt Beca just 71 seconds into the second period. Brown scored twice in the first 1:50 of the third period and wound up pulling out a 3-2 win. Harry Zolniercyzk played a role in every goal, assisting on the first two and then scoring the game-winner.
Stats and Notes:Tonight will be Clarkson's fifth consecutive game against a team in the U.S. College Hockey Online top 20. The Golden Knights are 1-3 so far in this stretch. ... Yale has won four if its last five games against the Golden Knights, but trails the overall series 32-68-4. ... Clarkson has a 55-15-6 record against Brown, but the Bears snapped a seven-game losing streak to Clarkson by winning both contests last year. ... Clarkson is 7-3 so far this season in games away from Cheel Arena. The Golden Knights are 10-0-2 if they score first and are 1-8 when the opposing team scores first. ... Most scoring in Clarkson games seems to happen in the second or third periods. There have been 29 goals in the first period of Clarkson games, 48 in the second and 48 in the third. ... Nick Tremblay has scored in three straight games (1 goal-2 assists) and has picked up at least one point in six of his last nine games. ...Yale forward Denny Kearney is the younger brother of Olympic moguls gold medalist Hannah Kearney, a member of the U.S. Ski Team.