POTSDAM — Instead of the traditional two-game weekend the Clarkson University men's hockey team is only focusing on one contest this weekend, a game Saturday at the Rochester Institute of Technology that will be televised live by Time Warner Sports.
Clarkson (2-5-4 overall) is starting a stretch that will see it play five of its next eight games against nonconference opponents, though one of those nonconference contests will be a game against rival St. Lawrence University in Lake Placid.
RIT (2-7-2) enters the game on a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). The Tigers started off the season with a 5-4 overtime win at Michigan, but followed that by going 0-4-1. RIT has not defeated Clarkson since it became an NCAA Division I program and its last win against the Golden Knights was a 4-3 decision at the Syracuse Invitational in 1986.
RIT highlights from last weekend
Clarkson played Niagara University twice earlier in the season and fans can expect to see more nonconference games in the future against the upstate schools.
THE ENEMY WITHIN
Norwood native Alex Boak has been performing a lot of key roles for Clarkson so far this season.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound defenseman leads the team with 18 blocked shots and he is third on the team in plus/minus at plus-five.
Boak is an intense player. He's already picked up a major penalty this season and has 29 penalty minutes through 11 games. Last year he had 102 penalty minutes.
He's also one of the most unpopular Clarkson players among opposing fans.
FIRST GOAL FOR CHRISTIAN
Freshman Todd Christian, a Norwalk, Conn., native, scored his first career goal just 57 seconds into Clarkson's 7-2 win at Princeton last Saturday.
Christian is a third-generation Clarkson student. His grandfather, Eugene, graduated in 1951 and he had an uncle named Phillip who graduated in 1984.
Christian led his team last year, the Notre Dame Hounds, in scoring with 57 points in 57 games, including a team-best 25 goals.
Christian's interview is in two parts. The photo above should indicate why:
NOTES: Former Golden Knight goalie Andy Kostka died in his sleep at the age of 32 last Saturday in Dayton, Ohio. Kostka was part of the program from 1998-2000 and then spent his final two years at Clarkson as a student. He was a backup goalie on Clarkson's 1999 ECAC Championship team and competed as an inline skater. His memorial service was Wednesday. ... Clarkson will be missing captain Ben Sexton for approximately a month after he was injured late in Saturday's game against Princeton. Clarkson had several players out of practice though their injuries are not as severe. Those who could possibly miss Saturday's game include Joe Zarbo, Mike Garlasco and Patrick Marsh. Sam Labrecque has also missed the last five games with an injury. ... Clarkson hopes to raise about $3,000 in November by participating in Movember, which is named for mustache growing geared toward awareness of men's health issues like prostate cancer.
Senior Adam Pawlick has been coordinating Clarkson's Movember efforts: