While most if not all of us were home stuffing our faces with turkey and what not all weekend, the mens and womens hockey teams were up to their usual Friday and Saturday night games.
Both games for the men were against St. Cloud State who made the trip to Potsdam this year. On Friday, St. Cloud skated away with a victory, beating the Knights 1-4. The only Golden Knight goal was posted by Bryan Rufenach with an assist from David Cayer.
The Knights made St. Cloud pay on Saturday though. This game was filled with powerplay action for both sides, as each team scored a powerplay goal and each team scored a short handed goal. Nick Dodge tallied the first score short handed with help from Chris D'Alvise and Shea Guthrie put in the powerplay goal assisted by Dodge and David Cayer. Then in the third, Dodge put the game away scoring his second goal of the night with assists from Matt Beca and Shea Guthrie. So in the end the Green and Gold take one game out of two from St. Cloud, winning 3-2.
The women's team was away for the weekend to square off against Harvard on Friday and Dartmouth on Saturday, both ECAC games. Unfortunately the Lady Knights were blanked against Harvard who put up 5 points against CU to win the Friday night showdown, 0-5. The girls looked to come away with some points on Saturday as they lined up against Dartmouth, and although tied at 1-1 after the first period thanks to a goal by Melissa Waldie with help from Britney Selina and Daris Tendler, the game would end in another Golden Knight defeat, as Dartmouth wins, 1-3.
A night after climbing back from a 3-0 hole to forge a 4-4 tie against the eternally hated SLUzers, the Brownies tonight found themselves in a similar situation. But this time things wouldn’t end so happily.
The first period had plenty of exciting action with several penalties called on both sides, but ended with the score knotted at zero. Play headed to the second period where…
...the Knights took the lead on a goal by Scott Freeman (assisted by Bryan Rufenach and Chris D’Alvise) six minutes in! After several more penalties on both sides, the Knights finally broke through on the power-play with three minutes to go on a goal scored by Chris D’Alvise (assisted by Nick Dodge and Matt Beca). Only 37 seconds later, the Knights scored yet again when Lauri Tuohimaa (assisted by Christ D’Alvise and Scott Freeman) got one by the sieve that is Dan Rosen. (Let’s face it… he’s terrible and his team isn’t much better.)
After a silly Clarkson penalty with 1.2 seconds remaining in the second period, the Brownies scored a power-play goal 16 seconds into the third. But three minutes later the hunger of Chris D’Alvise was too much for the pathetic Brown defense to hold back as he scored his second power-play goal of the game (assisted by Nick Dodge and Matt Beca), giving him four points on the night. The feeble Brownies managed another goal but could not overcome the stellar play of Leh-Gee-OHHHH!!!
Despite a plethora of penalties on both sides, the bonesaws were raised four times as the Knights came away with a 4-2 win and another four point weekend!
We’d also like to congratulate the excellent play of the lady Knights this weekend as they tied and then defeated the Mercyhurst Lakers on consecutive afternoons at Cheel Arena. Mercyhurst is ranked #2 in the country, even receiving 3 first place votes last week. The lady Knights ensured THAT won’t happen again and proved that their 10-2-2 record is no fluke. Hockey is alive and well at Clarkson as the lady Knights tied the Mercyhurst Lakers 2-2 Friday afternoon and then defeated them Saturday afternoon 3-2!
This is Kevin filling in for Jeremy this weekend on Bonesaw.org
When Clarkson played Princton last week, Steve Zalewski scored an amazing four goals within a single game, sending the Golden Knights to a devastating win over the tame Tigers. Despite Zalewski's achievement, the main story for that weekend on ECAC Hockey was how a Yale player managed 5 points against the possibly drunk Colgate Raiders. Given this, one could only guess at the carnage to follow as these two players and teams clashed in Cheel Arena.
The Green and Gold started the game off strong, keeping the puck bouncing off of Yale's goalie Blase, but the lucky sieve was able to keep the Golden Knights from scoring. The first period was mostly uneventful after that, though amazingly Clarkson didn't incur any penalties. Luckily, the second period broke that streak and thus the Bonesaw Gods could be appeased. The second period also had a close call for The Green and Gold as Yale nearly put the puck into the Clarkson net. After what must have been one of the longest reviews in Cheel Arena history, the Ref declared it a "No Goal" and play finally continued. Shortly after, at 13:53 in the second period, senior David Cayer scored against Yale, assisted by Chris D'Alvise and Tom Pizzo.
Near the end of the second period, a slashing and holding call against the Knights put Yale into a good position to score with a 5 on 3 powerplay. The powerplay lasted into the third period but was ultimately killed due to the wonderful skills of senior goalie David Leggio, as well as a strong defensive effort by the Knights. The third period was just as uneventful as the first, though Yale did manage to put something into a net as one of their players ended up inside their own net with no Clarkson player to blame within 20 feet. Despite Yale pulling their goalie in the last thiry seconds, Clarkson wins a shut-out game against Yale, 1-0.
On Friday night the Men's team took on Quinnipiac for the first time since the 2007 ECAC Championship Game where the Golden Knights came back from a 0-2 deficit in the 3rd period to win the game and the glory 4-2. Bud Fisher, the sieve the blew the game for the Bobcats back in March was too afraid to start the game, so instead the Knights faced Vetri in Quinnipiac's net. Too bad that they didn't start Vetri in the trophy game, cause maybe he would have been able to hold the Knight's down.
Quinnipiac drew first blood in the opening period, and although Clarkson tied it up twice thanks to goals by Chris D'Alvise and David Cayer, the Bobcats had the last score on a powerplay late in the third period. Any chance Clarkson had was practically torn away when a line judge made a penalty call of "Too Many Men on the Ice" after the Knights pulled Leggio and had 6 men charging the net. This was probably the worst call of the year to this point, and even though the Bobcats ended up with a man in the box for the last 6 seconds as well, it just wasn't enough. The bonesaws were looking to devistate Bud Fisher again, but instead a suprise move giving Vetri the crease gives Quinnipiac the edge, as Clarkson loses a regular season game to Quinnipiac, 2-3.
Saturday Night would heed a different tale, as the Green and Gold marched into Poo-ton...I mean Princeton (it just smells like poo). The last time CU played here the Tigers somehow managed an upset winning 1-7 (probably because we had already clinched a bye through the first round of the playoffs). George Roll definitely had Smokehouse overnighted to the team to forget what happened last night and focus on beating the Tigers. The pulled pork sandwiches did their trick, as the Knights were up 3-0 by first period's end with Shea Guthrie, assisted by Dan Reed and David Cayer, scoring the first goal and Steve Zalewski following up with 2 scores of his own with help from Nick Dodge, Chris D'Alvise, Matt Beca and Reed.
The second period started off a little slow, but erupted again with Zalewski scoring another pair, assisted by Adam Bellows and Beca, to bring his total to 4 goals on the night. This is the first time in over a decade that a Clarkson player has scored 4 goals in a single game. Princeton tried to start what they might call a comeback by scoring a pathetic goal which was quickly forgotten as Scott Freeman added another tick to Clarkson's score, leaving the Knights up 6-1 at the end of two. Scaling back the offense in the third to give them some rest, Clarkson went scoreless in the third period, and Princeton added another goal to their pathetic evening on a powerplay. When all was said and done, the Bonesaws were drawn in spirit 6 times, as Clarkson defeats the suprisingly bad Princeton Tigers, 6-2.
For Friday, the women took on an RPI team that has put up an impressive resume to this point in the season. The game was quite a roller coaster, not in goals scored, but in opportunities created by each team that were thwarted one after another. After two scoreless first periods, Clarkson made the first noise as Genevieve Lavoie scored a powerplay goal with help from Carlee Eusepi to put the Knights on top. But only 3 minutes later RPI came back with a garbage goal to tie the game. The clock ticked away and we went into over time all tied up at 1.
Only 1:22 into overtime play, Jessica Cloutier got the puck to Katie Morrison who ditched it into the back of the net to score the game winning goal. After 61 minutes and 22 seconds of exciting gameplay, terrible music from the RPI pep band (who travelled with their women's team 'cause their men's team is so terrible) and a near fight between pep bands, the Bonesaws were dropped twice all over RPI, as the Golden Knights topple the Engineers, 2-1 in overtime.
Saturday Afternoon pitted the girls against Union (a very terrible team, most likely because of their close proximity to the Troy-let). The lady Knights took the game in hand in the first period with a pair of goals from Melissa Waldie thanks to a pair of assists from Britney Selina. Marie-Jo Gaudet added one more before the first period could end with some help from Genevieve Lavoie. After that the Golden Knights would't look back, and after two more scoreless periods, the game was over. The Bonesaws were burnt out after just 20 minutes, but they did their job...thrice, as the Green and Gold beat the Union...what the hell is their mascot anyway...oh yeah, something lame like the Flaming Dutchmen. Anywho, Clarkson defeats Union, 3-0.
In the latest edition of "Tuesday @ the Rink" presented by CSTV and USCHO, Coach Roll was fed questions about the teams recent success and the challenges ahead. During the session, one interviewer asked about the fan support and even the bonesaw...
"Mike (albany): Coach the clarkson students have been big supporters of the team from its days at Walker. How do you rate the Bonesaw?
Coach Roll: It's been a really special atmosphere in here the last couple of years. The students have really gotten behind the team, and I think our record in our last 18 games at Cheel is 14-0-4. A lot of that is, in part, due to the support we've gotten from our pep band, the Bonesaw group, and the students in general. It's kind of what college athletics is all about, and it's been great to see."
You can read the rest of the interview here.
This Friday, November 9th, Kyle and I will be sitting at a table again handing out and selling any extra shirts we have. We will be at the table from 5 PM - 7 PM before the womens hockey game vs RPI. Please make your best effort to pick up any order shirts on this date.
In other news, the CrutchSaw was spotted cutting away at the wing of a Homeland Security aircraft in Potsdam this weekend. Unfortunately for our very own Tiny Tim, Guantanamo Bay still had some open rooms, and he will be spending quite a few years there. Good luck brave sir, may the Bonesaw be with you (so you can cut the bars on your cell).
It was an exciting night in Cheel as Clarkson took on the Dartmouth Big Green. Although the first period started out with 2 Dartmouth goals, the Knights' fans knew that it just meant the boys would skate even harder. Tim Marks posted the first CU goal at around 13 minutes, with help from Matt Beca and Philippe Paquet, and the Knights entered the locker room down 1-2.
Even when it was looking like yet another evening of sloppy play, the Green and Gold really turned it around, finally connecting on their passes, taking shots and controlling the puck. The second period started with David Cayer taking advantage of a blue line opportunity and turning it into a goal on Devine at the 2 minute mark, with a little help from Scott Freeman and Tom Pizzo. Then Marks took another turn, with assistance from Beca and Shea Guthrie at 9:15 on a powerplay, giving the Knights the lead, 3-2. Why stop there? Marks was only one away from a Hat Trick and scored yet again on Devine, only 3 minutes after the last, again with Guthrie's help along with Chris D'Alvise. The Knights' lead was now 4-2.
With the shots up to 33 for the Knights and at only 13 for the Big Green, the third period saw the Green and Gold all over the puck once again. Darmouth did manage to make the game a little tighter at 5 minutes, closing the gap to 4-3. Towards the end, thanks to Devine getting pissy and taking a cheap shot at Nick Dodge's crotch, Dartmouth was down a player for two critical minutes. Even when Dartmouth pulled Devine in the last 45 seconds, the Knights maintained control of the puck and time ran out.
With the bonesaws waving 4 times, with 3 of those times thanks to Tim Marks, the Golden Knights sent Devine the Sieve and the Big Green packing, 4-3, as the Knights complete a 4 point ECAC weekend.
Another Note: St. Lawerence lost to Dartmouth last night, and then lost again tonight to Harvard, 6-1...boy SLU sucks.
The girls played game two against Maine this weekend, and after last nights shot parade by CU on the Black Bears, this game was a little more evenly matched. Only one goal was scored and it was by Clarkson's Britney Selina on a powerplay. It was Britney's 3rd goal of the weekend. In fact, she was the only player on either team to score this weekend. Congratulations to Ms. Selina on a fantastic effort this weekend as the Knights leave Maine with 2 victories winning last night 2-0 and today 1-0.