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Clarkson shuts out Princeton (video)

First published: November 22, 2014 at 11:12 pm
Last modified: November 22, 2014 at 11:20 pm

By CAP CAREY
TIMES SPORTSWRITER
POTSDAM — A dominant showing by the Clarkson University men’s hockey team Saturday night led to a 4-0 win over Princeton before 2,790 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena.
Clarkson (5-5-4 overall, 3-1-2 conference) swept its first home conference weekend of the year after outshooting the Tigers 31-23.
The Golden Knights gave former Clarkson assistant Ron Fogarty, who is in his first season as Princeton’s coach, a rough homecoming, using a three-goal outburst in the second period to pull away from the Tigers (1-6-1, 1-5).

Clarkson coach Casey Jones

After defeating No. 14 Quinnipiac 2-1 on Friday, Clarkson took the lead for good against the Tigers late in the first period when freshman Ben Dalpe scored his first career goal at 16 minutes, 35 seconds, with assists going to Troy Josephs and Christian Powers.
Dalpe’s goal came in front of his older brother Zac, a former Ohio State player who has played with the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League.

Ben Dalpe

Clarkson tightened up on defense after giving up 10 shots in the first period, holding the Tigers to only six in the second.
The Golden Knights extended their lead to 2-0 at 1:38 of the period with a power-play goal from Jordan Boucher, his second of the weekend. Boucher collided into Princeton goalie Colton Phinney after the shot had crossed the line, so the play had to be reviewed on video before the goal was credited. Pat Megannety and Paul Geiger assisted on the play.

Boucher's goal

About seven minutes later Clarkson put the game away with two goals in 48 seconds.
Defenseman James Howden, who also scored Friday, picked up the first goal for the Golden Knights at 8:02, with Boucher and Dalpe assisting.
Just 48 seconds after that goal Joe Zarbo produced another goal to finish the scoring, with Jeff DiNallo and Terrance Amorosa assisting. It was the first career point for Amorosa.

Joe Zarbo

Neither team scored in the third period, but Clarkson got outshot 7-5 largely due to taking six penalties in the final period, which was out of character for a team which has been among the nation’s least-penalized teams this season.
The big penalties came at 12:17 of the final period after Princeton took offense to a Megannety shot after the whistle, resulting in several scrums. Princeton’s Ryan Berlin and Joe Grabowski were given game misconducts after facemasking calls and Clarkson’s James Howden also got a game misconduct for a facemasking call.
Princeton’s Tucker Brockett and Clarkson’s A.J. Fossen picked up misconducts for unsportsmanlike conduct at 18:51.

Clarkson captain Paul Geiger

Fogarty, who coached at Clarkson from 1999-2002 under Mark Morris, saw his team get shut out in both games this weekend in his return to the north country.

Princeton coach Ron Fogarty

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Clarkson upsets Quinnipiac (video)

First published: November 21, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Last modified: November 21, 2014 at 10:58 pm

By CAP CAREY
TIMES SPORTSWRITER
POTSDAM — Clarkson’s first official home win of the season, a 2-1 victory over Quinnipiac, was earned the hard way before 2,111 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena Friday night.
The Golden Knights (4-5-4 overall, 2-1-2 conference) upset 14th-ranked Quinnipiac only after surviving the last 3 minutes, 1 second of the game, which saw them play either two or three-people down in that stretch.
Clarkson played solid defense all night and led Quinnipiac 2-1 in the home conference opener when defenseman James Howden was called for boarding with 3:01 remaining.
Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold pulled goalie Michael Garteig immediately for an extra attacker. With 58 seconds still to go in Howden’s penalty Clarkson’s Paul Geiger was called for slashing, giving Quinnipiac a three-man advantage for nearly a minute, while still playing with an empty net.

Clarkson coach Casey Jones

But Clarkson survived the penalties against a team that entered the game scoring on 30.4 percent of its power-play chances, thanks to two saves from goalie Steve Perry and some solid play from freshman center Brett Gervais.
Gervais won four of five faceoffs during the last 3:01 of the game and he made a critical block on a shot by Soren Jonzzon with 33 seconds left in the game to help preserve the win.

End of Game

Clarkson’s victory over the Bobcats (7-3-1, 4-1) snapped a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) against Quinnipiac. The last Clarkson victory over the Bobcats was a 5-3 decision on Dec. 4, 2010 in Hamden, Conn.

Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold

Prior to Friday’s game Clarkson had gone 0-3-1 in its home games this season, but Jones said he wanted his team to establish itself at home after starting conference play by picking up four out of a possible eight points in games against Yale, Brown, Cornell and Colgate.
The Golden Knights took a lead just 5:32 into the game when Howden scored on a shot from just inside the blue line, with Christian Powers picking up an assist.

James Howden

Clarkson controlled a Bobcat offense which entered the game averaging 3.2 goals and 33 shots a game. Quinnipiac only had four shots in the first period, eight in the second and five in the third, with two of those five coming in the final three minutes.

Steve Perry

A Clarkson mistake on a line change helped Quinnipiac score its only goal of the game on a shot from Jonzzon at 10:19 of the second period.
Clarkson regained the lead for good at 18:10 of the second period when Jordan Boucher scored with one second left in a power play. Prior to Boucher’s goal Clarkson had been 2 for 35 on power-play chances. James de Haas assisted on the play.

Jordan Boucher

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Clarkson Video Report (Nov. 20)

First published: November 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm
Last modified: November 20, 2014 at 3:49 pm

POTSDAM — Home-ice advantage is something hockey teams work to earn during the regular season, but for some reason the Clarkson University men’s hockey team has been better on the road this season than it has in Cheel Arena.
Clarkson (3-5-4 overall, 1-1-2 ECAC Hockey) is 3-2-3 in road games this season but is 0-3-1 in home games and has been outscored 14-6 in its own building.
The Golden Knights will attempt to turn those numbers around tomorrow when they host first-place Quinnipiac (7-2-1, 4-0) at 7 and then Princeton (1-4-1, 1-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday night.

Clarkson coach Casey Jones

Clarkson was 13-6-2 at home last year, but just 5-4-2 in ECAC Hockey games.
Clarkson defenseman Kevin Tansey

 

POWER-PLAY STRUGGLING

Clarkson’s offense has struggled so far this season, averaging just 1.83 goals-per game. But one reason why Clarkson’s scoring is down is the Golden Knights have not been able to take advantage of power-play opportunities.
Through 12 games Clarkson is just 2 of 33 on the power play, a 6.1 conversion rate. One of the goals was an empty-net goal late in a game.
Clarkson hasn’t scored a power-play goal since Oct. 25 against Bowling Green.
Clarkson forward Troy Josephs

FIRST FOR MEGANNETY
Junior Pat Megannety had plenty of chances to score this season, but for some reason he was not able to get anything past a goaltender.
At least until last Friday when he finally picked up his first goal of the season in a game against Cornell. Through 12 games he has one goal in 35 shots.
Clarkson forward Pat Megannety


DESERT HOCKEY
Arizona State University, the defending national club hockey champion, announced Tuesday it plans to elevate its men’s hockey program to NCAA Division I status over the next three years.
The Sun Devils, based in Tempe, a suburb of Phoenix, will play a mixed schedule next year of club teams and NCAA Division I squads. The following year Arizona State plans on playing a full NCAA Schedule and then hopes to join a conference in the 2017-18 season, with the National Collegiate Hockey Conference the best option, seeing as it has the only other western schools in the continental United States, Colorado College and Denver.

 

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Clarkson Video Report (Nov. 13)

First published: November 13, 2014 at 10:57 am
Last modified: November 13, 2014 at 11:07 am

Clarkson (3-4-3 overall, 1-0-1 conference) opened ECAC Hockey play last weekend with a 2-2 tie at Yale and a 2-1 win at Brown.

The Golden Knights continue their road trip this weekend by playing at Cornell (0-3-1, 0-2) at 7 tonight and at Colgate (7-3, 1-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday. 

Clarkson played the Big Red in Lynah Rink in an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series in March, losing the decisive third game 1-0 in overtime. 

This weekend's videos feature Clarkson assistant coach Phil Roy (head coach Casey Jones had an appointment Wednesday and was unavailable), assistant captain Jeff DiNallo, sophomore defenseman James de Haas and junior foward Todd Christian, who grew up 30 minutes from Yale's campus and scored a goal there in Friday's game.

Phil Roy

Jeff DiNallo

James de Haas

Todd Christian

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