Highlighted by 17 home dates at Cheel Arena, a challenging holiday tournament and nine games against 2018 NCAA Tournament participants, Casey Jones, the Leonard S. Ceglarski Endowed Chair for the Clarkson University Hockey program, has unveiled a competitive 2018-19 schedule for the Green and Gold.
Coming off their best season in 10 years, the Golden Knights will be striving to take their play to higher level in 2018-19 after skating to a 23-11-6 overall record and a third-place 12-5-5 ECAC Hockey mark last winter. The Green and Gold also advanced to NCAA postseason play for the first time since 2008 to cap off the 2017-18 campaign.
"Similar to the past several years, we are challenging ourselves against some of the best teams in the country," noted Jones, now in his eighth year at Clarkson. "We are motivated about the opportunities on our 2018-19 schedule, playing tough games on the road and at home. We are bringing in some exciting teams from other conferences to Cheel this year with Michigan Tech coming in for a two-game series, and Wisconsin, Holy Cross and Canisius coming in for one each."
Clarkson officially opens its 97th season with its first trip to Happy Valley, Pennsylvania, playing a two-game series at Big10 foe Penn State on Thursday and Friday, October 11-12. The following weekend, the Knights open the home campaign at Cheel Arena with Parents Weekend games against Wisconsin from the Big10 on October 19 and Holy Cross from Atlantic Hockey on October 20. The Green and Gold close out the first month of the season hosting Atlantic Hockey's Canisius on October 27.
"Going into a difficult place like Penn State right off the bat and playing challenging non-conference games at the start of the season should help us tremendously when we start ECAC Hockey play," Jones added. "The ECAC appears to be extremely deep this year. There are plenty of veteran teams coming back in the league and it will be very tough at the top. It should be an exciting schedule for our fans."
Clarkson's ECAC Hockey action begins on the first weekend of November when the Knights take to the road to open the 22-game league campaign with a trip to NY's Capital District to face off against Rensselaer and Union on November 2-3.
Starting on Saturday, November 10 at Canisius, the Knights will play four straight non-league games. Clarkson hosts a weekend home series vs. Michigan Tech of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association on November 16-17, followed by the first of three meetings against archrival St. Lawrence. The Knights and Saints will face off at the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid on Saturday, November 24.
Clarkson welcomes Brown and Yale to Cheel Arena on November 30 and December 1 to resume ECAC Hockey action. A home-and-home series with St. Lawrence closes out play before the exam/holiday break as the Knights battle their North Country foe in Canton on Friday, December 7 and in Potsdam on Saturday, December 8.
Clarkson will be striving for its third straight holiday tournament crown when the Green and Gold travel to the Southwest on Friday and Saturday, December 28-29 to participate against the University of Arizona (Independent), Mankato State (WCHA) and defending national champion Minnesota Duluth (National Collegiate Hockey Conference) in the Desert Classic in Glendale, Arizona. The Green and Gold will face off against the host Sun Devils in opening round action. Clarkson won the Friendship Four in Belfast, Northern Ireland over the Thanksgiving holiday last year and claimed Notre Dame's Shillelagh Tournament crown in late November of 2016.
The 2019 portion of the schedule begins on Sunday, January 6 at Hockey East's Vermont with the Knights' final non-league contest. Sixteen consecutive ECAC Hockey games follow, beginning on the weekend of January 11-12 with home games against Union and Rensselaer.
Clarkson makes its longest road trip of the year with four consecutive away games to complete January action, playing at Yale and Brown on January 18-19 and at Harvard and Dartmouth on January 25-26.
After a home game against Quinnipiac on Friday, February 1, the Knights battle Princeton the next night at Cheel in a rematch of last year's ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship game.
Following a weekend trip to Central NY to face off against Cornell and Colgate on February 8-9, the Green and Gold welcome Dartmouth and Harvard to Cheel on February 15-16. Clarkson then plays at Princeton and Quinnipiac on February 22-23 in its final league road games.
Clarkson will celebrate its fourth annual Cold Out Gold Out (COGO) Weekend on March 1-2 when the Knights host Colgate and Cornell to close out the regular season. The Green and Gold will hold their Hockey Alumni Outdoor event on Saturday afternoon prior to the game against the Big Red later that evening at Cheel.
Playoff hockey begins on March 8-10 with the first round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament, while the quarterfinal round will be held on March 15-17. The league's championship weekend will return to Lake Placid where the tournament title will be decided at the 1980 Rink Herb Brooks Arena on March 22-23.
NCAA postseason play concludes with the 72nd Annual Frozen Four on April 11 and 13 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY.
The Knights get an early jump to the 34-game regular-season schedule with an exhibition contest against Canadian college foe University of Guelph on Saturday, October 6 at Cheel.
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Clarkson posts an impressive 1,436-862-160 overall record since the 1920-21 campaign for an all-time winning percentage of .617, among the best in the country. The Knights have posted 73 winning seasons, participated in 21 NCAA Tournaments, including three championship games, won 10 ECAC Hockey Regular Season titles and have skated away with five ECAC Tournament championship trophies during the program's illustrious history.
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