This weekend, the Lady Knights, currently ranked 9th in the nation, will battle it out with the S.L.U.(t) "Less Than" Saints, who hold the 6th spot in the rankings, at home on Friday, and in Canton on Saturday. The Green and Gold currently find themselves in 3rd place in the ECAC behind 2nd place S.L.U.(t) and with a sweep this weekend they could be within 1 point of the ugly SLUzers. Be sure to come out and show your support at 7:00 PM on Friday in Cheel Arena, and if you are able to make the trip, let's take over 'Cr'Appleton Arena in Canton at 7:00 PM on Saturday to watch C.U. tear apart the team that S.L.U.(t) tries to pass off as a group of women. The Bonesaw Brigade will be there to help strike fear into the overweight Saints bench (oh yeah, our goal is to make some ladies cry).
The Men's team is making the long journey halfway across the country to meet at center ice against Colorado State who currently ranks 6th in the nation. Clarkson sits at #10 in the nation and two strong victories this weekend would definitely help that number go down. Be sure to check back here for final scores.
Saturday night, the Clarkson Golden Knights took on the Union Dutchmen as the Knights look to extend their unbeaten streak to 5 games and pad their first place ECAC standing with 2 more points. Coming off a 5-2 win over RPI, the Green and Gold looked to put an end to Union's 7 game winning streak that they had put together, most recently trumping SLU(t).
The Knights took to the ice with aggressive play around center ice, looking to steal the puck for a quick score and an early lead. But, even with this aggressive style, CU seemed to be struggling to put any solid shots on Union net minder, Mrazek. Then, after clearing the puck to Unions end, David Cayer kicked it into overdrive, beating one of the Dutchmen to the puck, and after a quick pass, Brandon DeFazio scored his second goal of the weekend to put Clarkson ahead, 1-0 and give the Knights the lead going into the intermission.
Clarkson had to come out of the locker room defending a power play due to a penalty on Adam Bellows at the end of the first. After a successful penalty kill, the Dutchmen got two more power play opportunities, cashing in on the second at about 12 minutes in. Unfortunately the Knights were unable to take advantage of their own power play a few minutes later, and the score remained tied as the teams headed to the locker room to plan their third period strategies.
In classic Golden Knights style, the boys skated onto the ice looking to put the lights out on Union, and at 4:01, Steve Zalewski took to the puck in for the score with assistance from Grant Clitsome and the Green and Gold held a 2-1 lead. Union would not go silently, and at around 15 minutes they were able to knot things up. Only 1 and half minutes later, Shea Guthrie slipped the puck by Mrazek, assisted by Chris D'Alvise and Tim Marks. Union pulled Mrazek for one last attempt, and at one points CU got the puck two the point and tried a shot, but missed wide hitting the side of the net. Then, a late CU penalty left the Knights to fend off a 6 on 4 attack for the remaining 35 seconds of the game.
After a very intense 3rd period finale, the Bonesaws were hurled unto thy enemy 3 times, as the Clarkson Golden Knights defeat the Union Dutchmen, 3-2 to cap off a 4 point weekend.
The Lady Knights were away visiting the good ole' Troy-Let today, taking on the RPI Engineers for the second time this season. After an uneventful 1st period, Ashleigh Moorehead broke the game open with an unassisted goal nearly 7 minutes into the second period. Then again only 5 minutes into the 3rd period it was Moorehead unassisted for the second time scoring to put the Green and Gold up 2-0. In their last moment of desperation, RPI pulled their sieve, and Marie-Jo Gaudet took the puck herself and put it in the empty net to seal the deal.
Once again proving that RPI is not really Clarkson's rival, the Bonesaws were unleashed 3 times and there was no answer, as the Clarkson Golden Knights blank RPI, 3-0 giving the Lady Knights 4 more points and moving them into 3rd place in the ECAC.
Before tonights hockey game, RPI officially applied to be a rival of the Clarkson Golden Knights. The application and its results can be viewed by clicking below.
Oh, it is always interesting when a first place team takes on a team of 10th place (out of 12) caliber. Will we get a beating, or will we get that occasional "let's play like crap guys and lose to the inferiors" situation? Well, this was the situation and the question for Friday night’s game where 1st place Clarkson took on 10th place RPI.
The game started off at 7 PM and right away there was concern that we might get the latter of the scenarios playing out before our eyes. RPI definitely came out with some strength and managed to keep Clarkson in check to protect their sieve, Lange. But, the Knights' defense was playing very strong as well, and neither team allowed too many shots on goal during the first 20 minutes of play, with Leggio getting 6 saves, Lange making 5 and the score staying blank. Although, there is some controversy over one CU shot that pretty clearly went over the crease line and somehow bounced back out, but there was still 40 minutes of hockey to be played, and plenty of time for more scores.
So, the second period gets under way, and at 3:55, Cayer goes to the box and RPI has a 1 man advantage. Matt Beca would have nothing to do with this so called "power play", as he took the puck to Lange for a shorthanded goal at 5:02 with some assistance from Steve Zalewski. Six minutes later RPI tied it all up and once again left the crowd wondering how the night would end. But, Brandon DeFazio went unassisted at 15:26 to put the Green and Gold back on top and the period would end with CU leading 2-1.
It didn't take long for the Knights to rally again, as only 2:26 into the third, Chris D'Alvise scored for his second game in a row assisted by Shea Guthrie and Tim Marks. Then, RPI was able to pull off a goal on a power play to keep their hopes alive and the crowd on the edge of their seats. With the clock showing just under 2 minutes to play, Marks decided to show he doesn't need the net to be empty like last week at Cornell, as he puts the Knights up 4-2 with some help from D'Alvise and Dan Tuttle. RPI did pull Lange, but not for long, as RPI would receive a penalty with only 1:10 to go. So, up on the power play and a Golden Knight crowd to please, Guthrie scored on Lange with only 19 seconds remaining thanks to assistance from Adam Bellow and Marks.
So, after over 2 months of absence, ECAC Men's has returned to please the Bonesaws which attacked the "Engineers" 5 times, as the Clarkson Golden Knights devastate RPI, 5-2.
While the boys were playing RPI at home tonight, the girls were off playing Union, who proved to be a push over for this Knights offense and defense. Brooke Beazer started it off scoring at 4:30 in the first assisted by Marie-Jo Gaudet and Genevieve Lavoie. To end the first period, it was Lavoie scoring on a power play with assistance from Melissa Waldie and Britney Selina. Halfway through the second period, Kimberley McKenney took her turn in the onslaught with help from Waldie and Ashleigh Moorehead. Less than 3 minutes after that Amanda Dittmer took her turn putting up a tally assisted by Stefanie Wyss and Jessica Cloutier. So, entering the third with a 4-0 lead, Lavoie scored unassisted only 28 seconds into the period. Union had a chance on a power play just after that goal, but Selina went shorthanded at 1:41 assisted by Waldie. The rest of the game was filled with back and forth penalties, but Union was not able to get onto the board.
If only this were a home game, the Bonesaws would have had a flurry of 6 charges, as the Clarkson Golden Knights humiliate the Union Dutchmen, 6-0.
Finally, ECAC Men's hockey is back at home this weekend with the Clarkson Golden Knights facing off against RPI on Friday night and Union on Saturday. RPI, who thinks we are their rival even though is basically a no contest everytime we meet (them being the losers), put up a good fight last year to end the regular season in Cheel Arena, thinking they were gonna leave with a win. Down 2-3, the Knights pulled Leggio from the net, and with just 3.3 seconds remaining tied the game up, 3-3. Let's see if the Green and Gold will remind RPI who this ice belongs to in what should be an entertaining game no matter the outcome (preferably a CU W).
The Lady Knights are traveling to Union and RPI in the Troy-let this weekend, hoping to pick up 4 points and keep moving up in the ECAC standings. Next weekend will be a huge one with the girls taking on bitter rival SLU(t) in Cheel on Friday and again at Crappleton on Saturday. The girls have a chance to move to second place in the ECAC if they perform well this weekend and take down SLU(t) next. Please come out and show your support at 7 PM next Friday in Cheel.
Also, some entertaining pictures.....
This lovely screen shot was taken from http://www.withleather.com. Finally, someone has put it in writing on a somewhat respected sports Blog site. (If you continue to read they are in fact refering to St. Louis University's basketball team, but it still applies up here in the North Country and we all know it)
Keep your eyes peeled for the new player on the ice this weekend. Sure, you are supposed to have a number to be an official team member, but who is gonna tell this guy differently...
No one likes Cornell, and even more so no one likes playing Cornell on their home ice. Especially not the Golden Knights who have lost their last 7 games at Cornell, including two heartbreaking double overtime games two years ago in the ECAC playoffs. To make matters even worse, CU comes into Lynah rink after tying Colgate, 1-1, whom the Knights have had no troubles with in the past.
The game started off with Clarkson looking strong and dominating the puck. Only 7:32 in Chris D'Alvise came around from behind the net, and even though he didn't have any angle to shoot into the goal, he flipped the puck up and bounced it off the back of the goalie's helmet for the score, with some assistance from Shea Guthrie and Bryan Rufenach. Only 3 minutes later, Steve Zalewski scored shooting the puck over Scrivens' left shoulder for his 5th goal in 3 games, assisted by Matt Beca and Lauri Tuohimma. Then, less than 2 minutes later, Guthrie came from behind the net and crossed in front of Scrivens and pushed the puck by him, putting Clarkson up 3-0. That was the end of Scrivens' game, as he was pulled and the Big Red put in their backup Davenport. Leggio has an easy period, as Cornell only mustered 3 shots against him, none of course made it by.
Not too much happened in the 2nd period, and in fact the control of the puck was pretty even as the teams went back and forth on the ice. Leggio put up 8 more saves, and the same went for Davenport, neither allowed a goal in the period.
So entering the 3rd, the Knights had the lead, but of all teams Clarkson should no that no lead is safe with 20 minutes of hockey left to play. With that in mind, Cornell definately stepped up their offense, pressing Leggio consistently for the first time of the game. Then, on a Cornell powerplay, the Big Red were able to jump on the scoreboard. Clarkson tightened up a little, but Cornell still controlled the puck and now had a renewed vigor as they attacked the net. With around 5 minutes left in the game, there was a face off in CU's end, and right off the face off there should have been an interference penalty called on Cornell, even the TV announcers agreed, but instead, the Big Red got the puck in front of the net and in an attempt to clear the puck, Paquet tipped the puck off the post into the net. So, the Knights now had to hold onto a 3-2 lead for 5 more minutes, and theY finally turned on their offense and started pressing Davenport on the other end of the ice. Cornell pulled their goalie in a last ditch effort, and only seconds later Tim Marks launched the puck down ice from Clarkson's end and the puck slid in for the empty net score, thus cementing the victory. A lot of props to Leggio for his third period performance, for even though he allowed 2 goals, he also made 14 saves.
The Bonesaws were unleashed 4 times on the nationally broadcast ESPNU game and clearly shown on TV, as the Clarkson Golden Knights down the Cornell Big Red for the first time on their own turf in 8 tries, 4-2. This win also gives the Knights first place in the ECAC over Quinnipiac.
The Lady Knights stayed home this weekend, and also pulled in 4 points of their own. On Friday they beat Colgate 3-1, and on Saturday went over Cornell, 4-1. This puts the girls in 4th place in the ECAC. While a 1st place finish may seem a litte out of reach now, 2nd place is still a possiblity and coming off a strong weekend, let's hope for some more points against RPI and Union next weekend.
Following last weekend's ECAC split, which included a loss to 10th place Dartmouth as well as Steve Zalewski's second hat trick of the season in the win over Harvard, the Golden Knights looked forward to this weekend as a chance to regain 1st place in the ECAC. Granted, the only reason Princeton and Quinnipiac are now ahead of Clarkson is because they have played two more league games, but they are both taking a break from league play this weekend, which gives the Knights their chance.
Clarkson has had great success against Colgate over the past years, and they looks to continue that trend tonight as they took on the Raiders. The game started off rather slow, with the Knights only getting 8 shots off on "The Dex Show" in Colgates net, and Zalewski, who is probably the Knights hottest offensive player at moment, spent 4 minutes in the penalty box. But, the Green and Gold defense also kept the Raiders to a solemn 5 shots on Leggio.
The 2nd period started off and tears almost came to my eyes, as I saw a beautiful site thanks to Time Warner Sports broadcasting this game. For the first time since last season, I saw an offense that looked like last year's ECAC Champion Golden Knights. Colgate probably didn't even know there was a puck on the ice, as CU controlled it nearly completely, and were able to get 17 shots on goal, including a power play goal from Zalewski, assisted by Nick Dodge and Chris D'Alvise. Also, the defense was once again fantastic on the Green and Gold side, as the Raiders only put 8 shots on Leggio this time around.
It was almost too good to be true though, and the Raiders made sure of that as to start off the third, Clarkson got a penalty, and off the penalty face off, Colgate was able to score in just a couple quick passes to tie the game up. From that point on it was a complete 180 from the previous period with Colgate controlling the puck almost entirely. That is, at least until about the last 4 minutes, when CU definately turned it up and with the clock ticking down the Knights were able to get shot after shot off with no luck, including a last second shot by Grant Clitsome that grazed just wide of the net. This game was going to overtime.
Overtime has been kind to the Knights this season, as they have been unbeaten in overtime to this point. It was an intense 5 minutes of play, and although the box scores only show Clarkson having 1 shot on goal and Colgate with 2, it definately seemd more than that. But, the clock wound down to 0:00 and the game ended.
With the pep band in full force, the Bonesaw was unleashed once to keep the game steady,
and the game resulted in a tie between Clarkson and Colgate, 1-1, and CU moved into a 2nd place tie with Princeton.
The whacky world of web site hosting is an unpredictable environment where the slightest movement could destroy an entire website. You probably witnessed some strange errors over the past week as our webhosts moved and upgraded things without our knowledge. After all of this, it seems that we are finally back online and operational. So, my apologies for all the downtime, as there was sort of a downtime of hockey to go with it.
Speaking of hockey, I feel like I havent been to a game in forever. The scheduling of games this year just feels totally wrong. The SLU game on parents weekend, the BC game on a winter break weekend. Due to the timings of breaks and what not, I actually havent been to a game in awhile. That's also why our photo album has been lagging behind too, sorry about that.
Now that everything has been sorted out, hopefully Jeremy can stop being such a busy senior year engineer and get back to what matters: posting hockey related write ups. We're also in talks with some individuals to bring them on board with writing for the site, and if you're interested then please in touch with us. You can contact us right here. It looks like we only have a few home game weekends left, and then of course we're off to win the championship again, so make sure to get your saws roarin' in Cheel while you still can.