Clarkson (6-2-2 overall, 1-1-1 ECAC Hockey)
Quinnipiac (7-3-1, 1-1-1)
Princeton (1-3-1, 1-2-0)
7 p.m. tonight, vs. Quinnipiac, TD Bank North Center, Hamden, Conn.
4 p.m., Saturday, vs. Princeton, Hobey Baker Rink, Princeton, N.J.
Clarkson:The Golden Knights embark on their first road trip of the 2011-12 ECAC Hockey season this weekend. Clarkson split its home-opening weekend, beating Rensselaer 4-1 on Friday night and losing 3-1 to defending regular-season champion Union on Saturday. Saturday's game saw a few streaks end. It was the first game where Clarkson did not score a power-play goal. It was also the first game where goalie Paul Karpowich did not hit 90 percent or more in saves and snapped a five-game goal streak by Nick Tremblay.
Quinnipiac:The Bobcats opened conference play with a 5-2 win at Princeton On Nov. 1 but went 0-1-1 last weekend on the road. Dartmouth defeated the Bobcats 5-4 and Quinnipiac tied Harvard 2-2 on Saturday. Like Clarkson, Quinnipiac saw a streak end on Saturday. The tie with Harvard snapped a nine-game streak of scoring at least four goals or more for the Bobcats.
Princeton:Princeton's former coach, Guy Gadowsky, left after last season to start the new program at Penn State, which begins play next year. The Tigers are now led by former St. Lawrence University player and assistant coach Bob Prier, who was a Princeton assistant in the 2001-02 season. Princeton won its first game of the season last Friday, defeating Harvard 4-3 on the road. But the Tigers lost 5-3 to Dartmouth on Saturday.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones on the weekend:
Who to watch
Clarkson:The Golden Knights will be missing three forwards due to injury this weekend, including two of their top three scorers. Louke Oakley, who leads the team with six goals and six assists is out. Also missing is third-leading scorer Ben Sexton (3 goals-6 assists) and Mike Garlasco. Nick Tremblay has six goals and three assists and defenseman Sam Labrecque has two goals and seven assists. Allan McPherson, Julien Cayer and Corey Tamblyn each have four goals. Kevin Tansey leads the defense at plus-eight. Goalie Paul Karpowich is 6-2-2 with a 1.88 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage.
Quinnipiac:Junior Jeremy Langlois leads the Bobcats with nine goals and six assists in the first 11 games. Connor Jones has scored three goals with 11 assists. Kellen Jones has five goals with seven assists and Matthew Peca has three goals and eight assists. Dan Clarke has played seven games in goal and is 5-2 with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage. Eric Hartzell has played in five games and is 2-1-1 with a 2.57 goals-against average and an .872 save percentage.
Princeton:Rob Kleebaum and Michael Sdao each have three goals and one assist to lead the Tigers. Eric Meland has one goal with three assists and Andrew Calof has four assists. Eric Carlson has scored two goals with one assist. Sean Bonar has three starts in net and is 1-1-1 with a 2.94 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage. Mike Condon has started two games and is 0-2 with a 3.56 goals-against average and an .873 save percentage.
Clarkson: PP (24.5 percent); Kill (87.5 percent); 2 shorthanded goals, 1 allowed.
INDIVIDUALS: PP - Julien Cayer 2, Sam Labrecque 2. SH - Kevin Tansey and Jarrett Burton.
Quinnipiac: PP(19.7 percent); Kill (84.1 percent); 2 shorthanded goals, none allowed
INDIVIDUALS: PP - Jeremy Langlois 5 goals; SH - Matthew Peca and Scott Zurevinski.
Princeton: PP (28.6 percent), Kill (83.3); 0 shorthanded goals, 1 allowed.
INDIVIDUALS: PP - Michael Sdao 2, Eric Carlson 2.
vs. Quinnipiac:Clarkson has an 8-7 lead, but the Bobcats have won four of the last six games and are 3-2 at the TD Bank North Center.
vs. Princeton:Clarkson is 71-27-5 against the Tigers but has lost four of its last six to Princeton.
Odds and Ends:Clarkson's 6-2-2 start is the best after 10 games since the team went 7-3 in the 2007-08 season. Clarkson is seventh in the nation in combined special teams (56.9 percent). Despite having three freshmen and one sophomore as part of its six core defensemen, Clarkson ranks fifth in the nation, allowing only 1.90 goals-per game. Clarkson is 5-0-1 if it has a lead after the first period and 6-0-2 when it leads after two periods. ... Bobcat freshman Matthew Peca has scored a point in 10 straight games. Quinnipiac is 4-0 at home this season. The Bobcats are 0-1-1 when held to three goals or less. Quinnipiac has scored first in nine of 11 games and is 7-2 when it gets the first goal while 0-1-1 if the opposition strikes first. Quinnipiac is 7-1-1 if it leads after one and 0-2 if tied or behind. ... Special teams have been key for Princeton this season as more than half of the team's 13 goals have come on the power play (eight). Princeton is 0-2 this season when the opposition scores first and 1-1-1 if it scores first. The Tigers are also 0-2-1 if they are tied or behind after the first period and 1-1 when leading after one.