Off to its best start in six years, Clarkson (3-1 overall) has its home opener this weekend, facing Atlantic Hockey's Rochester Institute of Technology in a pair of nonconference games at 7 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Clarkson suffered its first loss of the season last Friday in a semifinal of the Ice Breaker Invitational at the University of Minnesota, falling 4-1 to the University of New Hampshire, a team which played in the NCAA Quarterfinals last year.
But the Golden Knights responded on Saturday by cruising to a 5-2 win over Mercyhurst in the consolation game.
Clarkson/Mercyhurst Highlights (no sound)
The win over Mercyhurst gives the Golden Knights three wins this season over teams which defeated the Golden Knights last year. At this stage last season Clarkson was 0-4.
Coach Casey Jones
Sophomore forward Jeff DiNallo was one of Clarkson's top players last weekend. He scored his first goal of the season Saturday against the Lakers off a nice pass from freshman forward A.J. Fossen
Another sophomore, forward Christian Powers, has also gotten off to a good start for the Golden Knights, though he has not scored yet. Powers is more of a physical presence for the Golden Knights and helps the team with his defensive play as well.
This week's last interview is with another sophomore forward, Pat Megannety, who has picked up two assists in the first four games of the season.
A Look at RIT
Things have been rough so far for the Tigers (0-2), who went 15-18-5 last year.
RIT lost an exhibition game to Canada's Queens University 2-1 and then dropped its first two official games at home last week, falling 4-1 to Colgate on Thursday and then losing 7-4 to Michigan Saturday at the Blue Cross Arena.
RIT Season Preview/Michigan Highlights
The Tigers are led by coach Wayne Wilson, who played for former Clarkson coach Jerry York at Bowling Green, where he was a teammate of another former Clarkson coach, George Roll.
RIT snapped a seven-game losing streak to Clarkson last year with a 3-3 tie at Ritter Arena, but has not defeated the Golden Knights since it was an NCAA Division III program in 1986.
The Tigers' early-season scoring leader is senior forward Ben Lynch, who has two goals and one assist, including a power-play goal. The top returning scorer from last year is junior forward Matt Garbowsky, who tallied 11 goals with 22 assists in 36 games.
RIT's top threat on special teams is senior forward Michael Colavecchia, who scored eight power-play goals last year and finished with 12 goals and 18 assists in 32 games.
So far this season the Tigers have scored on 23.1 percent of their power plays (3 of 13) and killed just 57.1 percent of their penalties (4 of 7).
Clarkson has outscored its opponents 10-7 in four games and has scored on 22.2 percent of its power plays (4 of 18) while killing 90 percent of its penalties (18 of 20).