Spirits were high, and so was the tension in Cheel Arena tonight as the Clarkson Golden Knights faced off against the Princeton Tigers. This is the final weekend of the ECAC regular season, and CU finds itself with a 1 point lead over the Tigers for the 1st place. The boys were looking to secure 1st place tonight and the title of ECAC regular season Champions with a win over the Tigers. To set the mood, the Golden Knight himself skated out onto the ice, but in a surprise guest, the Princeton Tiger himself, was also skating around, but a good omen came when the Golden Knight beat up the Tiger, hopefully foreshadowing the game ahead.
Right after the first drop of the puck, both teams were looking to inflict more than just pain on one another, they each wanted to add shame into mix. Clarkson had an early penalty to kill, and then two power play opportunities that went without a goal. But, Matt Beca broke the ice with a goal at 13:31, assisted by Steve Zalewski and Tom Pizzo, and gave the Green and Gold a 1-0 lead in the first period. Unfortunately Princeton was able to tie it up with a power play goal, and then take the lead while short handed not too long after that.
The Knights came out for the 2nd period down 1-2, and they were playing for the comeback. There were some more fruitless power play opportunities for both sides, and then Zalewski got a little help from Beca and Lauri Tuohimaa to tie the game at 2-2 with two and half minutes till the periods end. But the Knights found themselves on the short end of a stint of four on three play, and Princeton took the lead once again going into the intermission.
Down in the third periods, the Golden Knights were finally playing like they really wanted to win this game. To prove it, Philippe Paquet scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Beca and Tuohimaa, only 1:12 into the third period, tying the game, 3-3. There were a lot of tense moments that had CU pressing Princeton’s end, and the Tigers would take it right back and test Leggio’s third period goal tending. Luckily, Leggio was holding solid, and on a Clarkson power play, Nick Dodge put the puck in the net and the Knights back into the lead with assistance from David Cayer and Grant Clitsome at 11:43. From that point on Clarkson was commanding with the puck and continuously added more pressure for the Tigers to fend off. Finally, with just under two minutes to go, Princeton pulled their goalie, and after two empty net shots just barely went wide, the clock ticked to 0:00.
The Bonesaws saw plenty of action tonight cutting the Tigers deep 4 times, as the Clarkson Golden Knights became the ECAC Regular Season Champions with a 4-3 victory over the Princeton Tigers.
Thats right folks, for those of you who check your email you already know that this Friday is "Tame the Tigers" day, as both the Womens and Mens Golden Knights teams will be facing off against Princeton. For the women, this is the first game of a best 2 out of 3 series with Princeton as the Knights play host to their first ever ECAC playoff home games this weekend. Their game starts at 3:30 PM, but the Pep Band will be handing out "Tame the Tigers" t-shirts to the first 300 student fans that show up to support the ladies starting at 3:00. The the Ladies will meet at center ice with the Tigers again on Saturday at 2:00 PM, and if necessary a third game will be played Sunday at 2:00 PM as well.
On Friday at 7:00 PM the Men's team takes to the ice also against Princeton. Currently, the Knights sit 1 point ahead of the Tigers for first place in the ECAC. Should the Knights win the game they will clinch first place in the ECAC, and that would be the 11th time doing so. This would also make the Clarkson Golden Knights the winningest team in NCAA Division I hockey history. Saturday night Clarkson faces off with Quinnipiac for the final game of the regular season. We will be saying goodbye to six of our Golden Knights who will be playing for the last time at Cheel Arena (at least for the regular season, they will be back in two weeks for the ECAC Quarterfinals).
Please try and show up to as many of these games as you can. This weekend is definitely going to be nothing short of..
(Hopefully Frenchie's Chevy Doesn't Get Pissed We Used Billy's Picture)
The Clarkson Lady Knights faced off with the Princeton Tigers Saturday afternoon in Cheel Arena for the last regular season game and final home game for our four graduating Senior members of the team: Captain Katie Morrison, Assistant Captains Brooke Beazer and Amanda Dittmer, and Jessica Cloutier (pictured below). Clarkson secured home ice in the first round of the playoffs and looked to retain their 3rd place standing in the ECAC with a win in this game.
Our Senior Golden Knights (Picture Courtesy of Clarkson Athletics)
L-R: Jessica Cloutier, Katie Morrison, Brooke Beazer, Amanda Dittmer
Throughout the first period the Golden Knights had 3 power play opportunities to work with, and after missing their chance on the first two, Katie Morrison gave CU a 1-0 lead at 19:15 with assistance from Jessica Cloutier and Marie-Jo Gaudet.
Princeton answered back quickly in the second with a goal at just over 2 minutes. After he had called 4 penalties in the first period, the ref simply refused to make any calls for the remainder of the game aside for a select few. This went both ways, calls that should have been against both Clarkson and Princeton were simply ignored with a smile and a hand wave on a few occasions, it was quite bizarre.
In fact, the third period only saw one called penalty, and it was against Princeton at 16:27 giving Clarkson the late advantage to break the tie. Unfortunately, after a flurry of shots against Princeton’s goal, the Tigers moved the puck down the ice and mounted a short handed goal.
Although Clarkson outshot Princeton 27 – 15, the Bonesaws were only let loose once, and the Golden Knights lose a close game to Princeton, 1-2.
Thank you Seniors for your outstanding efforts this season and in the past. With your help our Lady Knights played one hell of season. With a 4th place finish in the ECAC, they will play at home in Cheel Arena next weekend for the quarterfinals of the ECAC playoffs. Good Luck we will all be Cheering for You. LETS GO TECH!!!
Saturday night the Clarkson Golden Knights played their final away game of the regular season against the RPI Engineers. The Knights entered the evening with a 1 point lead over Princeton for the first place throne in the ECAC, and they looked to keep that lead if not improve it.
In the first period there was a lot of back and forth play, but Clarkson controlled the puck rather well in RPI’s end although they did not have many opportunities to put the puck on the net. Scott Freeman scored unassisted at 8:08 in the period to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. The rest of the period saw 4 penalties, including on for RPI just before the period ended that would allow CU to start the second with a man advantage.
Despite starting the period on a power play, the Knights were not able to extend their lead, but at 3:23 RPI received a game misconduct penalty for Hitting from Behind and the Green and Gold found themselves the owners of a 5 minute power play opportunity. RPI did put up a fight for this majority of the five minutes, but with 13 seconds left Nick Dodge, assisted by Matt Beca and Grant Clitsome, added another score to the board. Up 2-0, Clarkson was then given a game misconduct of their own, however the punishment was lessened by a 2 minute penalty by RPI, so there was 2 minutes of 4 on 4 hockey followed by a 3 minute penalty kill for Clarkson. Strong defense and some great saves by Leggio preserved the 2-0 lead for the remainder of the period.
Two early CU penalties gave RPI a pair of opportunities to comeback, but they were unable to do so, and the Engineers were forced to pull their goalie. So, as if a 6 on 5 attack wasn’t enough, Clarkson also was called for another penalty and would be down a player for the remainder of the game, and RPI was pushing 6 on 4 in Clarkson’s end. Nick Dodge had enough, however, and launched the puck down the ice into the empty net for his 4th short handed goal of the season. RPI was able to spoil Leggio’s shut out with a power play goal with only 1 second to remaining on the clock.
A litterally last second attempt at a comeback just wasn’t enough after the Bonesaws raged 3 times in the Troylet, and the Clarkson Golden Knights defeat the RPI Engineers, 3-1.
The Clarkson Lady Knights looked to extend their unbeaten streak in the last weekend that our four graduating seniors will be playing regular season hockey in Cheel Arena. There was also the hope of securing home ice in the first round of the quarterfinals that will be taking place next weekend. So, Friday night saw the Knights pitted against Quinnipiac.
We can pretty much skip the first period review since even though there were 16 shots on goal by the Golden Knights, none slipped by Quinnipiac’s goalie who would prove her might in the second. With a powerplay carrying over from the first period, Genevieve Lavoie scored the game’s first goal only 40 seconds into the 2nd, assisted by Britney Selina and Carlee Eusepi. Then, at 6:02 Laura Hart slipped it into the net, assisted by Katie Morrison and Kimberly McKenney. It wasn’t even close to over yet as at 9:44 it was Marie-Jo Gaudet’s turn, with help from Lavoie and Brooke Beazer. On a power play at 14:04 it was Melissa Waldie taking it unassisted and feeding the sieve. Less than a minute later on another power play Gaudet netted her second of the period assisted by Jessica Cloutier and Morrison. So, for those of you who are counting, there have been 5 Clarkson goals so far, and it was time to bring in the back up sieve for Quinnipiac. Before the period was over the Bobcats did add to the board themselves on a power play, bring the final tally for the period to 5-1, CU leading.
Another power play for the Golden Knights started off the third period, and Selina took advantage of the opportunity with some assistance from Eusepi and Waldie (CU 6, Q 1). Cloutier wasn’t satisfied with game just yet, as she took the puck herself and scored one more time at 13:51, and thus finished all the scoring for the game.
So To Recap Points for the Golden Knights:
Beazer – 1, Cloutier – 2, Eusepi – 2, Gaudet – 2, Hart – 1, Lavoie – 2, McKenney – 1, Morrison – 2, Selina – 2, Waldie – 2
The Lady Knights rack up 17 points and unleash the Bonesaws 7 times as the Clarkson Golden Knights trample the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 7-1.
Friday night the boys in Green and Gold traveled to the Capital Region to start their weekend series against Union and RPI. The Knights entered the weekend with a first place standing in the ECAC and a chance to clinch a first round playoff bye and home ice.
The game started off with a few penalties, and it was one against Clarkson that allowed Union to put the first tally on the board. But, Steve Zalewski would return the favor with only 5 seconds to go in the first period with his own power play goal assisted by Grant Clitsome and Matt Beca.
This momentum carried over to the second period where first Tom Pizzo scored after only 59 seconds of play, assisted by Dan Tuttle and Tim Marks, and this was followed up just over a minute later with a goal from Brandon Defazio with assistance from David Cayer. Sitting on a 3-1 lead, Clarkson now found themselves under attack from a surprisingly resilient Union team. Later on in the period Union scored their own pair of goals only minutes apart, and the game would go into the third with a 3-3 tie.
In the third period there was relatively less action from the penalty perspective aside from a Union Game Misconduct for Hitting from Behind early on. With less than a minute to go it seemed as though Nick Dodge has sealed the deal with a goal to put the Knights ahead. Unfortunately, the Ref watched the replay, and even though the goalie lifted the net himself to allow the puck under the bar, it was ruled a no goal and the game went into overtime.
An impressive Union attack dominated the entire overtime period until Zalewski had a chance as the Knights broke down the ice 2 on 1, but instead the play ended in two Clarkson and one Union penalty. Union found themselves with their own 3 on 1 tear down the ice in the waning seconds, but Leggio shut the door on this final attack.
The cards all fell in the right place this evening, and with the Bonesaws dropping on Union 3 times, the Clarkson Golden Knights tie Union, 3-3, and with this point they earn a bye for the first round of the ECAC playoffs.