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Saints Beat Clarkson (video)

First published: January 31, 2015 at 10:47 pm
Last modified: January 31, 2015 at 11:19 pm

POTSDAM — As soon as Saturday’s men’s hockey game ended, St. Lawrence University captain Gunnar Hughes turned to face the visiting section at Cheel Arena, raised both arms in the air and let out a celebratory shout.
Hughes, and the rest of his team, won their first ECAC Hockey game against Clarkson University in their careers with a 2-1 decision before a sellout crowd of 3,719 fans.

End of Game

 Prior to Saturday’s win the Saints had gone 0-8-1 in their last nine conference games against Clarkson.

SLU coach Greg Carvel

 Both teams entered Saturday’s game playing well. The Saints (14-10-2 overall, 10-4 conference) had won four straight games and Clarkson (10-12-4, 7-5-2) had won three straight, not allowing a goal in over 147 minutes.

The Golden Knights, who were hoping to sweep the conference season series and avenge nonconference 4-0 loss to SLU at Cheel Arena earlier this season, were outshot 14-6 by SLU in the opening period, but struck first on a goal from Joe Zarbo at 6 minutes, 17 seconds.
Zarbo skated around the offensive zone looking to find an open teammate but eventually took a shot that hit a body in front of the net and then slowly trickled over the line. It was the fifth goal for Zarbo against the Saints in his career.
The Saints responded to Zarbo’s goal late in the first period as Tommy Thompson found Patrick Doherty with a pass. Doherty took a quick shot that went over the shoulder of Clarkson goalie Greg Lewis to tie the game 1-1 with 45 seconds remaining.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones

 Doherty’s goal was big not just because it tied the game, but because neither Clarkson or SLU has won a game all season when trailing after either the first or the second period.

Clarkson defenseman Kevin Tansey

 The Golden Knights had to kill two penalties in the first nine minutes of the second period, but 21 seconds after killing the second SLU’s Joe Sullivan score what proved to be the final goal of the game at 9:34.

SLU forward Joe Sullivan

Clarkson outshot the Saints 25-15 over the final two periods, but just like they were earlier in the season at Cheel Arena, the Golden Knights were frustrated by Saints freshman goalie Kyle Hayton, who finished with 30 saves.

SLU goalie Kyle Hayton


Clarkson shuts out Yale (video)

First published: January 24, 2015 at 10:47 pm
Last modified: January 24, 2015 at 10:58 pm

POTSDAM — One of the hottest goalies in men’s college hockey is a player who until last weekend had played in only one game this season.
Clarkson junior Greg Lewis, who has been the third-string goalie for most of the season, now has a shutout streak of 147 minutes and 45 seconds after helping the Golden Knights to a 1-0 win over Yale before 2,372 fans in an ECAC Hockey game Saturday night at Cheel Arena.
It was the second straight shutout of the weekend for Lewis, who made 25 saves against the Bulldogs (11-6-2 overall, 6-5-1 ECAC Hockey). He shut out Brown 6-0 on Saturday night and didn’t allow a goal in the final 27:45 of a 5-2 win at Dartmouth last Saturday.
Lewis, a native of Mars, Pa., got a chance to start in last Saturday’s game after second-string goalie Ville Runola lost 6-3 to Harvard last Friday. The team’s starting goalie, Steve Perry, has missed the last five games with a lower-body injury sustained against Colgate on Jan. 9.
Greg Lewis


A third-string goalie picking up two shutouts might surprise some, but Lewis had a solid freshman season as Clarkson’s starting goalie.
He also appears to have Yale’s number. In three career starts against the Bulldogs Lewis is 2-1 with a 0.67 goals-against average and a .975 save percentage. He has shut out Yale twice.
“Like all 1-0 hockey games it could have gone either way,” Yale coach Keith Allain said. “They got the goal and we weren’t able to finish. I thought our passing wasn’t as crisp as it should be, but they block a lot of shots and clog the lanes and work hard to get back on defense.”
Clarkson (10-11-4, 7-4-2) got off to a dominant start in Saturday’s game, taking the first 11 shots and going deep into the opening period before Yale ever got a shot on goal. The Golden Knights finished the opening period with a 13-4 advantage in shots.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones


Yale started to produce more chances in the second period as Clarkson took two penalties in the first 5:17, giving Yale’s offense a chance to build some momentum.
But the Bulldogs, despite an 11-8 edge in shots in the second period, remained scoreless against Clarkson’s defense.
Clarkson captain Paul Geiger


Clarkson finally broke through on the scoreboard with just 1:38 left to play in the second period as freshman Sam Vigneault kept hustling in front of the net and was finally able to get a puck past Bulldogs goalie Alex Lyon for the only score of the game.
Before the goal was awarded, however, both teams had to wait for a video review to confirm if it was good.
Sam Vigneault

Things got tense in the second period as both teams began to hit each other a little harder. Clarkson forward Pat Megannety was injured on a hit to his lower body in the period, but came back to play the third.
Clarkson assistant captain Jeff DiNallo wasn’t as fortunate. DiNallo appeared to be hit in the knee by a Bulldog player shortly after Clarkson’s goal and had to be helped off the ice and did not return for the third period. His status for next week is unknown.
Yale continued to pressure Clarkson in the final period and the Bulldogs best chance to tie the game came with 3:06 remaining but Chris Izmirlian missed a wrap-around chance when Lewis was at the other side of the goal.
Last minute of game


Clarkson blanks Brown (video)

First published: January 23, 2015 at 10:35 pm
Last modified: January 23, 2015 at 10:43 pm

POTSDAM — The Clarkson University men’s hockey team, whose offense has been anemic for most of the season, has suddenly produced 13 goals in its last there games.
The Golden Knights produced their top offensive output of the season Friday night, routing Brown 6-0 before 1,986 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena.
The win started off a season-long, give-game homestand for Clarkson (9-11-4 overall, 6-4-2 conference) in an impressive manner and moved the Golden Knights back into a three-way tie with Colgate and Rensselaer for fourth place in the ECAC Hockey standings, though Colgate has played one less conference game than Clarkson.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones

Clarkson struck first at 10 minutes, 27 seconds of the opening period when defenseman Kevin Tansey scored his first goal of the season by lofting a shot over the shoulder of Brown goalie Tyler Steel.
Kevin Tansey

 The second period was a frustrating one for the Bears (4-14, 1-10), who tried to tie the game early in the period during a wild scramble in front of Clarkson’s net. Clarkson goalie Greg Lewis made a save but was out of position for a rebound attempt, which James de Haas knocked out of the crease before it crossed the line.

A video review showed a Clarkson player had covered the puck with his glove so Brown was awarded a penalty shot, which was taken by Matt Lorito just 23 seconds into the period.
Lorito’s shot went off the leg pad of Lewis. It was the second penalty shot of the season for Lorito against the Golden Knights. He was also turned away by Clarkson’s Steve Perry in a Brown home game on Nov. 8.
Lorito also had a shot clang off the post early in the first period for the Bears. 

Clarkson's Lewis finished with 27 saves for the shutout
Greg Lewis


The Bears had another good chance to get back in the game when Clarkson’s A.J. Fossen was giving a major penalty for boarding at 2:45 of the second period. Because Fossen would have 10 minutes to serve, for a misconduct, Jones sent Janick Asselin into the box to serve Fossen’s five minutes.
Not only did Clarkson kill the major penalty, but as it expired Asselin leapt out of the box and got the loose puck and skated in on a breakaway, scoring a goal to put the Golden Knights up 2-0 at 7:52 of the period.
Brown coach Brendan Whittet

The momentum swing led to two more goals in the second period as Clarkson built a 4-0 lead after Todd Christian scored at 9:19 and de Haas scored a power-play goal at 17:12.
de Haas's goal

Christian, a junior who entered the game with five career goals in 53 games, picked up his first two-goal collegiate game when he made it 5-0 Clarkson at 6:38 of the third period.
Todd Christian

Sophomore Jordan Boucher ended the scoring for the Golden Knights with an unassisted goal at 14:17.


Clarkson Video Report (January 22)

First published: January 22, 2015 at 7:18 pm
Last modified: January 22, 2015 at 7:26 pm

This week's Clarkson Video Report features a pair of freshmen who were productive last weekend in ECAC Hockey games at Harvard and Dartmouth.

Sam Vigneault, 6-foot-5 forward from Bai-Comeau, Quebec, scored goals in each of Clarkson’s road games.

Vigneault saw the Christmas break as the time when he really started to pick up college hockey better and he has two goals and one assist in the five games Clarkson (8-11-4 overall, 5-4-2 ECAC Hockey) has played since returning.
Sam Vigneault

 Vigneault came to Clarkson with some impressive credentials.

Last year he played for Andrew-Laurendeau in a Quebec junior league and scored 28 goals with 32 assists in 37 games.
His height immediately catches your attention, but weighing just 185 pounds when the season started one of his challenges was to put on some more muscle.


Clarkson coach Casey Jones

 Another freshman forward for Clarkson who had a big weekend was Janick Asselin, who scored his first career goal Saturday night against Dartmouth.

Asselin, a native of Coaticook, Quebec, had a rough first half as he missed 11 of 14 games in the first semester with an upper-body injury that carried over from his last season of junior hockey.
Making the moment even better for Asselin was that his family, including his father, Michel, attended the game.

Janick Asselin

 Clarkson’s 5-2 win at Dartmouth Saturday is something the squad hopes gives them some momentum as they begin a key stretch of the conference race this weekend with home games against Brown and Yale.

It is the start of a five-game homestand for Clarkson, which will also play St. Lawrence University, defending national champion Union, and Rensselaer, before ending the regular season with four of six games on the road.

What helped give Clarkson some momentum was after blowing a lead on Friday, and losing to Harvard, Clarkson responded better Saturday after Dartmouth tied the game after falling behind 2-0.
Clarkson forward Jeff DiNallo

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