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Vermont Spoils Clarkson Home Opener

First published: October 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm
Last modified: October 18, 2014 at 11:31 pm

POTSDAM — Nothing went right for the Clarkson University men’s hockey team in its home opener as the Golden Knights fell 3-0 to the University of Vermont before 2,650 fans in a nonconference game at Cheel Arena Saturday.
Not only was Clarkson (2-2 overall) shut out at home, the Golden Knights were swept in a home-and-home series by the Catamounts of Hockey East. To add to Clarkson’s bad luck, the arena Zamboni broke after the second period and the game was delayed about a half hour while the Zamboni from the nearby Pine Street Arena made the trek down the street to Cheel Arena.

Clarkson coach Casey Jones

Vermont edged the Golden Knights 2-1 Friday night in Burlington, Vt., and the Catamounts played even better on defense in Saturday’s game.
Mario Puskarich gave Vermont a 1-0 lead 8 minutes, 6 seconds into the contest when he scored on a shot from the circle. Alexx Privitera and Mike Paliotta assisted on the play.
The Catamounts extended the lead to 2-0 later in the first period on a goal from Kevin Irwin, with Colin Markison and Mike Stenerson assisting.

Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon


Clarkson’s night may have been summed up early in the third period when the Golden Knights had a three-on-one breakaway. Defenseman James Howden, who had control of the pick, fired a shot at Catamounts goalie Mike Santaguida, but his shot sailed high and went off the back of the glass behind the net.
Moments last the Catamounts had the puck and Paliotta put in the rebound of a shot from Puskarich at 3:17 of the period to make it 3-0.

Vermont captain Mike Paliotta

Vermont had a chance to extend the lead midway through the second period when penalties to Paul Geiger and Jeff Di Nallo gave UVM a 56-second, two-man advantage.
Clarkson killed the penalties and got another chance to cut into Vermont’s lead when Privitera and Jonathan Turk were called for penalties on Di Nallo at the same time, giving the Golden Knights a two-man advantage for two minutes at 13:44.
Clarkson, however, which is just 1 for 15 on the power play so far this season, was unable to get anything from the two-man advantage and headed into the final period still behind 3-0.

Clarkson's Two-Man Advantage

With about eight minutes to go in the intermission between the second and third periods people began to notice that Clarkson’s Zamboni had not yet entered the arena to sweep the ice.
The long break was probably better for Clarkson than the Catamounts, who had been playing well and saw their momentum stall a bit. Clarkson outshot Vermont 11-0 in the third period but couldn’t get any shots past Santaguida.

Clarkson forward Pat Megannety

The best chance came with 11:49 left in the game as Clarkson’s Joe Zarbo had the puck right next to the crease by the side of an open net. But Santaguida got a skate over to the corner and kept the puck out, smothering it next to the post.

Clarkson captain Paul Geiger

Clarkson, which has now lost four straight games to Vermont since the Catamounts left ECAC Hockey after the 2004-05 season, hosts Bowling Green in a pair of nonconference games next Friday and Saturday.


Clarkson beats Queen's 8-0 (videos)

First published: October 05, 2014 at 9:51 pm
Last modified: October 05, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Clarkson started the 2014-15 season with an 8-0 win over Queen's University of Kingston, Ontario, in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon at Cheel Arena.

The Golden Knights started off slow, picking up three penalties in the first eight minutes and four in the opening period.

Clarkson took a 1-0 lead on its first power-play chance of the game when Jeff DiNallo scored at 16 minutes, 52 seconds of the first period.

DiNallo's goal



Clarkson broke the game open with a six-goal outburst in the second period.

Freshman Brett Gervais started the spurt with a goal at 1:51, then James de Haas made it 3-0 with a power-play goal at 6:13.

de Haas's goal


Freshman defenseman Terrence Amorosa scored another power-play goal at 13:24. Pat Megannety scored at 17:00, followed by a goal from Perry D'Arrisso at 19:37. Megannety added the final goal of the period 11 seconds after D'Arrisso's to put Clarkson up 7-0.

Joe Zarbo scored Clarkson's final goal at 4:02 of the third as Clarkson finished 5-of-8 on the power play.

Post-game interviews

Casey Jones


Pat Megannety


Terrence Amorosa


Brett Gervais


Women's Season Preview

First published: September 30, 2014 at 5:48 pm
Last modified: September 30, 2014 at 5:59 pm
Clarkson freshman forward Lauren Lefler shows the team's new home jersey.

More than six months have passed since the last time Clarkson's women's hockey team played a game, and the ending was quite memorable as the Golden Knights defeated two-time defending national champion Minnesota 5-4 at Quinnipiac to win the first NCAA Division I national championship by a north country team.

End of Championship Game


Clarkson, which finished 31-5-5 last season, begins defense of its title this weekend. The Golden Knights, who won the ECAC Hockey regular-season title with a 16-2-4 record, will travel to Canton to play St. Lawrence University at 7 p.m. Friday and then will host the Saints at 4 p.m. Saturday, unveiling their national championship banner shortly before faceoff.

Several things have changed since last season. Several of the key players on the team, including Patty Kazmaier Award winner Jamie Lee Rattray, have graduated, and of the three coaches on last year's staff only head coach Matt Desrosiers remains. 

Here are some video interviews looking ahead to the upcoming season as well as introducing new assistant coaches Britni Smith, a former St. Lawrence University player, and Meghan Duggan, a former Wisconsin standout and the captain of the U.S. Women's Olympic hockey team in 2014.

Matt Desrosiers


Assistants Smith and Duggan


Forward Shannon MacAulay and defensemen Renata Fast and Erin Ambrose


Clarkson women head to Frozen Four (video)

First published: March 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Last modified: March 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm
Clarkson's women's hockey team poses fora team photo at a fan rally before heading on a bus to travel to the Frozen Four at Quinnipiac University.

The Clarkson University women's hockey team has boarded a bus and is on the way to Hamden, Conn. to play in the program's first Frozen Four this weekend.

Clarkson (29-5-5) will meet Mercyhurst (24-8-4) in a national semifinal at 8 p.m. Friday night. The first semifinal, which begins at 5 p.m., features two-time defending national champion Minnesota (37-1-1) against WCHA foe Wisconsin (28-7-2). The national championship game is at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Here's a look at Clarkson as it prepares for the weekend:

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