The Clarkson Golden Knights started off the year right with a 3-1 victory over Alabama-Huntsville. Even though the state of Alabama just clinched their BCS victory in football, obviously their skills in hockey were no match for the Green and Gold. Trailing 1-0 late in the 2nd period, new-comer Markus Piispanen converted on a rebound to tie the game at 1. From here on out, the Knights took control of the game and secured the victory with two goals from Tremblay and Beca in the 3rd period. Paul Karpowich was solid in net for the Knights, who improved to just 5-12-2 on the year. The teams face-off again tomorrow night starting at 7 PM.
The men's team took on rival St. Lawrence tonight in Canton, the first ECAC match-up between the two teams this year. Although the Knights scored first, they found themselves playing catch-up late in the 3rd period, and with only 30 seconds remaining in regulation, Corey Tamblyn was able to sneak the equalizer in to send the game into overtime, where the score would remain the same. The Knights faced twice as many shots as the Saints, but was able to sneak out of Canton with 1 point.
The women, meanwhile, put up a steady performance at Cheel Arena, scoring two 2nd period goals en-route to a 2-1 victory over the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Lauren Dahm was solid in net, allowing just one goal on 13 shots. The women return to action Saturday against Princeton, following that will be the men hosting the inevitable Saints. LETS GO TECH!
After a long time away, the Bonesaw Crew is back, and just in time for North Country's Greatest Rivalry. Clarkson will host St. Lawrence on Saturday night, just one night after facing them in the Crappleton. Clarkson is coming off a hard fought 6-5 loss against the BC Eagles last weekend. Look for the Knights to come out flying this weekend against the Sluzers!
This past weekend, the women continued their streak of 7 wins in a row, as they defeated both Harvard and Dartmouth on the road. Lauren Dahm was exceptional yet again, only allowing 2 goals all weekend (she's allowed 3 in the past 5 games!). Still ranked number 2, the Knights continue their run on the road versus Cornell and Colgate next weekend. The men's team continued to struggle this weekend as the they dropped two matches to Quinnipiac and Princeton. The men received goals from Beca, Freeman, and Pawlick, but could not overcome the offenses of the Tigers and Bobcats. The team is hoping to receive a huge boost to their season this weekend as they return home for ECAC matches against RPI and Union. Both games start at 7pm.
This past weekend, the women continued their streak of 7 wins in a row, as they defeated both Harvard and Dartmouth on the road. Lauren Dahm was exceptional yet again, only allowing 2 goals all weekend (she's allowed 3 in the past 5 games!). Still ranked number 2, the Knights continue their run on the road versus Cornell and Colgate next weekend.
The men's team continued to struggle this weekend as the they dropped two matches to Quinnipiac and Princeton. The men received goals from Beca, Freeman, and Pawlick, but could not overcome the offenses of the Tigers and Bobcats. The team is hoping to receive a huge boost to their season this weekend as they return home for ECAC matches against RPI and Union. Both games start at 7pm.
The night after losing 4-1 to Minnesota, Clarkson could not overcome their opponents the following night, falling by a tally of 4-2. On Friday's game, it was the Connolly brother, cousins, father-son duo, whatever connection, that did the Knights in, combining for 3 goals. On Saturday, however, Rob Bordson recored a goal and 3 assists to help his team over-power the Green and Gold. Minnesota-Duluth showed us how they do own one of the best offenses in the nation, having multiple players in the top 5 in scoring. Louke Oakley was the only Knight that showed offensive flare, assisting on 2 of the 3 goals scored over the wekeend.
Clarkson returns to action next weekend when they open the ECAC's in Connecticut and New Jersey against Quinnipiac and Princeton.
On Friday night Clarkson was defeated by Minnesota-Duluth 4 to 1. Of course you have to take into account Defazio's absence. A game-misconduct was given by a clearly bitter ref. But that is not the important part, after all the Golden knights have started the season showing EPIC strength. What is important is why the crowd at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center numbered only 3700. The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (or DECC as it is called by people from NASA who like using acronyms) has seating for over 5300 people. Where were they? Apparently not at hockey. This troubles me for a number of reasons. First, the University of Minnesota at Duluth has an attendance of more than 11000 students. Second, the city itself is huge, numbering over 80,000. The metropolitan area is even bigger, at over a quarter of a million people. That means less than one and a half percent of the local population went to the game. Compare that to more than 25 percent of the local population at the Clarkson SLU game. Finally, hockey is big in the north country of NY but in Minnesota it is THE thing to do. Have you ever seen Fargo? The reason for this rant is that Minnesota Duluth needs to step it up. Even if Lorenzo Music graduated from your school you still have to go to games a cheer on your team, or at least show up.
In the past couple of days, I have received several e-mails about past graduates of Clarkson hockey, whereabouts players are and how they are doing. Because of this, I have come up with an excel file of players within the last 4 years, where they have been playing (for a significant time), and just a little bit of their stats. Check it out, some players actually crossed paths with past team-mates.
Click HERE for the download.
As always, if you have any further information, feel free to drop a comment!