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Brown (7-11-4, 5-9-1) at Clarkson (12-13-2, 6-8-1)
7 p.m., tonight, Cheel Arena

About Clarkson:The Golden Knights have lost four straight games since the second half of ECAC Hockey play began and have also lost their last four games at Cheel Arena. Clarkson's last home win came on Nov. 20 against St. Lawrence University. Clarkson will be missing a few key players this weekend. Defenseman Mark Borowiecki will not play and freshman forward Ben Sexton is still probably a week away from returning. There is also a chance Nik Pokulok and Andrew Himelson could miss games.
About Brown:Like Clarkson, Brown enters the weekend on a four-game losing streak. The Bears spurt started with a 3-1 loss at home to Clarkson on Jan. 22. Brown's last win was the previous night, when it defeated St. Lawrence 2-1. Brown has been outscored 13-3 in its current losing streak.

Who to Watch:
Brandon DeFazio has two goals and two assists against the Bears. Scott Freeman has one goal and three assists. Nick Tremblay has two goals with one assist. Louke Oakley, Lauri Tuohimaa and Bryan Rufenach each have one goal and two assists. Paul Karpowich is 3-2 with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage against Brown.
Brown:Jack Maclellan leads the Bears with 14 goals and 16 assists. Harry Zolnierczyk has 11 goals and 13 assists and Chris Zaires has four goals and 12 assists. Mike Clemente has played most of the games in goal for the Bears and is 5-8-4 with a 3.32 goals-against average and an .896 save percentage.

Special Teams Matchups
PP - Clarkson 13.1 percent Brown 18.7
Kill - Clarkson 85.6 percent Brown 79.4
Sh/A - Clarkson 6/2 Brown 5/4

Nick Tremblay (4 PP), Jake Morley (2 SH).
Brown:Harry Zolnierczyk (4 PP, 2 SH), Dennis Robertson (4 PP), Jack Maclellan (3 PP, 2 SH), Chris Zaires (2 PP), Jeff Buvinow (2 PP).

Last Meeting:Nick Tremblay and Harry Zolnierczyk were given penalties before the game even started. Clarkson went on to win 3-1 in Providence. It was just the second time this season when Clarkson won a game despite not scoring first. Jarrett Burton, Mark Borowiecki and Tremblay scored goals for Clarkson and Paul Karpowich stopped 30 of 31 shots.

Odds and Ends: Tonight's game could possibly be worth four points for the Golden Knights, who have a two-point lead on Brown for eighth place in the ECAC Hockey standings. The top eight teams get to host a playoff series. The reason it could be worth four points is not only would Clarkson have a four-point lead on the Bears, it also would own a tiebreaker having swept Brown head-to-head if it wins tonight's game. That means Brown would have to pass Clarkson in the final standings, not just be tied. ... Clarkson is only 4-7-2 at Cheel Arena this season. ... Clarkson is 17-4-3 all-time against Brown at Cheel Arena. ... Brown's worst period has been the second. The Bears have only been outscored 42-40 in the first and third periods, but have been outscored 35-22 in the second period.

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