The Clarkson University Golden Knights saw its season come to a close this weekend, dropping two contests to Union College in the first round of the ECAC playoffs. With a 5-3 loss on Friday, coupled with a 7-2 loss Saturday night, Union swept the best of three series with Clarkson, ending the long year for the Knights.
The Knights finished the year with a disappointing 10-19-7 record including a 8-10-4 mark in the ECAC. The Knights did show great versatility however, against top-ranked foes. To start the season, Clarkson tied top ranked Colorado College in back to back matches. Later, the Green and Gold were able to post victories against Miami of Ohio and Yale, both of whom were in the top half of the rankings. Playing their best hockey towards the end of January, the Knights went through a streak of 5-1-2 that showed some light towards the playoffs. However, losing home-ice advantage on the last night of the season to ultimately the team that would knock the group out of the playoffs, the Knights could not come through in the clutch.
Again, congratulations to the seniors on the team : Adam Bellows, Chris D’Alvise, Shea Guthrie, Jon Marshall, Tyrell Mason, Phil Paquet, Dan Tuttle, and Mike Willemsen.
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Unfortunately, the puck did not bounce any Clarkson ways this past weekend. Saturday’s games against Union (men) and the Sluzers (women) both ended in losses. These losses now result in the end of a season and the loss of home ice advantage.
First of, I’d like to congratulate the Women’s team on a fantastic season. Although the team was swept by St. Lawrence in the Quarterfinals of the ECAC, the two games were extremely close. The final game came down to the buzzer as the Lady Knights just could not tie the game up. The final score was 2-1. Again, congratulations to the entire team, especially seniors MJ Gaudet, Kimberly McKenney, and Courtney O’Connor, on producing yet another winning season at 16-14-6.
The men, however, saw home-ice slip out of their hands. Facing off against Union, the Knights need a combination of a Clarkson win/tie or a Quinnipiac loss. Trailing 1-0 in the third period, Matt Beca tied up the game on a nice deflection in front of the net. Paul Karpowich came up huge right after stopping his first career penalty shot attempt. However, Union kept pressing and eventually slipped the game-winning goal past Karpy. With a 2-1 loss and a Quinnipiac victory over Dartmouth, the Knights fell into a tie for 8thplace. By having one less league win than Union, the Knights were bumped to the ninth position. Because of this, they will start on the road against the same team that took the home-ice away from them – Union.
The series will be a best of 3 with games being played on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (if needed), all 7pm start times.