The Clarkson Golden Knight’s had a fantastic season this year, finishing the regular season with an ECAC record of 15-4-3 which gave them the title of Regular Season Champs. Their overall record during the regular season gave the Green and Gold their second straight 20 win season with a record of 20-10-4.
Unfortunately the Knights ECAC Tournament play came to a gripping halt in the quarterfinals against Colgate. After the Knights took a 1-0 game lead in the best of 3 series, Colgate was able to win in game two, and again in double overtime to send the Raiders to the semi-finals and end the Golden Knight’s quest to defend their ECAC League Champion title.
But a new life was given to Clarkson as they had been invited to the NCAA Tournament and would face off with St. Cloud in the regional games in Albany. St. Cloud was the 2nd seed and CU found a 3rd seed. The Knight’s looked to improve their NCAA play record after losing in the first round to UMass last year, while St. Cloud looked for their first ever win in NCAA tournament history. In the second period the Huskies took the lead 0-1, but Steve Zalewski wouldn’t let them go into the break with the lead, taking advantage of a rebound off the goalies leg pad and lobbing it right over his head into the goal. Shea Guthrie put the Green and Gold ahead early in the third, skating past several defenders and finishing it up with a nice back handed shot in net. For the rest of the period the Golden Knight’s defense played strong and Leggio was solid, as the Knights won the first round matchup 2-1.
The following evening the Knights now faced #1 nationally ranked Michigan for a chance at a ticket to the Frozen Four next weekend. Throughout the first period CU proved they can skate with the power houses out west, and even out muscle them from time to time. However, Michigan was able to take advantage of a power play to take the early lead, 0-1. The score remained the same through the second period, and Clarkson continued to lay steady pressure on Michigan’s net, while Leggio held strong for the Knights. Then, to start the 3rd, the Wolverines were able to add some padding to their game, bring the score to 0-2 in their favor. At the end of the period, with Leggio pulled to give the offense on final boost, the Golden Knights found themselves with a 6 on 3 opportunity as 2 Wolverines were in the box, but even with the added attackers, the Knights just couldn’t get on the board. The game ended with the score Golden Knights 0, Michigan 2.
This season marked yet another successful Clarkson campaign, although some areas of the post season may have lead to some disappointment in the team, there was also a lot of promise shown where our very young team was able to hold their ground and fight toe to toe with some of the best teams in the nation. Personally I was very happy with the season and although it could have been better, there were several thrilling moments and major victories that made watching the Clarkson Golden Knights this season very enjoyable.
On behalf of the entire Bonesaw Brigade, I just want to congratulate all of the players on the team, and wish them best of luck next season, and to all of our graduating Seniors, good luck with whatever lies down your road.
LET’S GO TECH!!! We will see you next October.
In what was probably one of the worst officiated game I have ever seen (and this goes for calls that would have benefited either team) Clarkson fell on the short end of a game that saw 7 goals against two of the leagues best goalies. Of course the lack of penalty calls benefited Colgate more than the Golden Knights as they are one of the dirtiest teams in the ECAC and it showed tonight, but you would be able to tell by the penalty minutes. Unfortunately even though CU scored 3 goals on Dekanich, Colgate put in 4 garbage goals themselves including the game winner that was extremely controversial.
Clarkson loses Game 2, 3-4, but will take the series tomorrow night at 7 PM in Cheel Arena.
The scoring was slim tonight, as Clarkson edged out Colgate in the first game of the ECAC Quarterfinals, 1-0. Steve Zalewski scored the games only goal in the first period of play on a power play with some assistance from Grant Clitsome and Chris D'Alvise.
Game two is Saturday at 7:00 PM in Cheel Arena, Let's Go Tech!!! Give us a chance to attack Colgate with some more BONESAWS!!!
And the results from this weekends first round of ECAC Playoffs are officially in, and the Clarkson Golden Knights will be taking on Colgate this weekend in the ECAC Quarterfinals, March 14th, 15th and possibly 16th. Hopefully a lot of you will be sticking around instead of heading on home for Spring Break.
Let’s Go Tech!!!
(P.S. – Colgate beat S.L.U.(t) to get this far)
Saturday afternoon the Lady Knights took on Harvard in the ECAC Semifinals. Harvard entered the game ranked #1 in the Nation, and the Green and Gold held 8th. Considering that the Crimson have only suffered one loss all season to this point they were heavily favored over Clarkson. However, our Golden Knights were strong, and throughout the first and second periods refused to give way to a formidable Harvard offense. In fact, it was the Knights that had the upper hand at quite a few moments, but were unable to net the first goal. Late in the 2nd, Harvard struck first and the Knights went into the locker room down 0-1. Unfortunately, the Crimson came out too strong in the third, and their 1 goal lead turned into 2 and then 3.
The Bonesaws were kept at bay for this ECAC Semifinal game, but our Lady Knights showed that they could go toe to toe with “the best” and give them a run for their money. The Clarkson Golden Knights may have lost this game to Harvard, 0-3, but they have earned a new respect as the team has gone further than ever before in CU Women’s hockey history. There is a lot of young talent on the team, and next year will just be a continuation of this strong Clarkson program.
Way to go Ladies, on behalf of the Bonesaw Brigade I just want to say congratulations on your most successful season to date, and we can’t wait until next fall when you hit the ice again.
(Harvard went on to beat S.L.U.(t) in the Championship game, so they aren’t all that bad…massholes)
The Lady Knights will take to the ice in Boston today at 1 PM to play Harvard in the ECAC Semifinals. Please join us in the ERC as the game will be broadcast via the B2 Network and displayed on a big screen. Let's go Ladies, destroy the Massholes!!!
Here are the results from all of the game 1's of the first round of the ECAC Men's playoffs:
S.L.U.(t) 5 @ Cornell 2 - S.L.U.(t) Leads the Series (1-0)
R.P.I. 2 @ Yale 3 in Triple OT - Yale Leads the Series (1-0)
Brown 6 @ Quinnipiac 7 in OT - Quinnipiac Leads the Series (1-0)
Dartmouth 2 @ Cornell 3 - Cornells Leads the Series (1-0)
Game two for all of these matchups will be played Tonight.
Our Lady Knights will be making the long journey to Boston, Massachusetts for the ECAC Finals. On Friday, the 9th ranked Green and Gold will be pitted against Harvard, who holds the #1 position in USCHO’s rankings. As if Harvard doesn’t already sound intimidating, the games for this weekend’s final rounds of the ECAC tournament will be played at Harvard. Below is a quick layout of the tournament:
Saturday, March 8th – ECAC Semi Finals
Game 1: Clarkson (4) vs. Harvard (1) 1:00 P.M.
Game 2: Dartmouth (3) vs. S.L.U.(t) (2) 4:00 P.M.
Sunday, March 9th – ECAC Championship
Winner G1 vs. Winner G2 2:00 P.M.
Good Luck girls, I know that the Pep-Band is organizing a trip such that band members and other student fans can support you on your road to the Championship!!! The Bonesaw Brigade will be rooting for you!!!
The Men have the weekend off thanks to their First Place ECAC Regular Season finish. Here is a quick break down of how this weekends “First Round” of hockey will be played and who we can expect to see next weekend as the Golden Knights host the ECAC Quarterfinals.
Friday , March 7th thru Sunday, March 9th – ECAC Playoffs First Round
Dartmouth (12) @ Cornell (5)
Brown (11) @ Quinnipiac (6)
R.P.I. (10) @ Yale (7)
S.L.U.(t) (9) @ Colgate (8)
Byes: Clarkson (1), Princeton (2), Harvard (3), Union (4)
Both the First Round and the Quarterfinals are each Best of 3 series, so games will be played Friday, Saturday and possibly Sunday. Clarkson hosts the Quarterfinals next weekend, March 14th-16th. Check back here for an update each day this weekend for results from the First Round as well as the brackets for the Quarterfinals.