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Key Games on Tap for Clarkson in Central NY

Key Games on Tap for Clarkson in Central NY

Central NY will be the place to be this weekend to see the best that ECAC Hockey has to offer with three of the hottest teams in the nation playing each other. Guided by seventh-year head coach Casey Jones and assistants Phil Roy '00 and Josh Hauge, the Golden Knights will face off against 19th-ranked Colgate at Class of 1965 Arena in Hamilton, NY on Friday and take on 5/6th-ranked Cornell at Lynah Rink in Ithaca on Saturday. Game times are 7:00 p.m.

Off to its best start in ECAC Hockey play in 22 years, Clarkson is 4-0 in the conference and ranked 7/8th in the national polls with an 8-3-1 overall record. The Green and Gold opened a seven-game road trip with a weekend sweep in New England, skating to a 5-3 victory at Brown and a 4-1 win at Yale this past Friday and Saturday.

The Knights will have to be at their best as they make their toughest trip in conference play. Colgate is tied for the longest current unbeaten streak in the nation at seven games (4-0-3) and is undefeated at home this season (5-0-2). Cornell is perfect on the year at 6-0-0 with a 4-0-0 mark at Lynah Rink.

PDF of Colgate/Cornell Weekend Series Notes
B993's Mike Vaillancourt's Coaches Corner
Watch online (Friday at Colgate), (Saturday at Cornell)
Audio Stream
Live Stats (Fri.) Live Stats (Sat.)
ECAC Hockey Standings
USCHO.com Poll
USA Today Poll


• Clarkson leads the Raiders in their all-time series, which began during the 1927-28 campaign, 83-52-17.  Colgate, however, is 6-2-2 in their last 10 meetings. The NYS rivals split their series last year with the Raiders winning 3-2 at Class of 1965 Arena on January 21 and the Knights posting a 3-0 shutout at Cheel Arena on February 17. That was the first time in 11 meetings between the two that a game was decided by more than one goal. Clarkson's last win in Hamilton was a 2-1 triumph on February 3, 2007.
• Cornell is the Knights' oldest current rival having first played during the 1922-23 campaign with the teams battling to a 0-0 tie in Ithaca. The Big Red lead the rivalry against the Knights 66-54-16. Cornell holds a 6-2-2 advantage in the last 10 meetings. The two long-time foes played five times in the second half of last season with Cornell holding the advantage 2-1-2. The Big Red edged the Green and Gold in an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series 2-1 (2-6, 2-1, 2-1) at Lynah rink on March 10-12. The teams skated to a pair of 3-3 overtime ties during the regular season.
• A different Golden Knight has accounted for each of Clarkson's eight game-winning goals this season.
• The Knights have struggled on the trip to Central NY, managing just four points (3-3 tie at Colgate on December 6, 2008, a 0-0 draw at Cornell on December 3, 2011,  a 2-2 tie against the Raiders on November 15, 2014 and a 3-3 tie against the Big Red last season on January 20) in the previous nine regular seasons. Clarkson gained three points on the trip in 2007-08 with a 1-1 tie against Colgate and a 4-2 victory over the Big Red. The last time, the Green and Gold swept the weekend road series at Colgate and Cornell was during the 1996-97 campaign on February 28 (3-1 over the Big Red) and March 1 (7-3 over the Raiders). 
• Picked to finish fourth in ECAC Hockey this year by the league coaches, the Knights are ranked 7th and 8th in the USA Today/USA Magazine and USCHO.com polls, respectively.
• The Green and Gold are 4-0-0 in ECAC Hockey for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign when they opened with five straight league wins en route to a seven-game unbeaten streak to start conference play. The last time Clarkson was 6-0-0 in the league was in 1991-92.
• Clarkson is ranked first in the nation in combined special teams. The Knights are third on the power play, clicking at 28% (14-50) and tied for 10th on the penalty kill at 87.5% (56-64). The power play units have combined for nine goals over the past four games. Clarkson is tops in ECAC Hockey on the man-advantage converting for nine goals in 19 chances, 47.4% in league play. The Knights were a combined 4-12 (33%) in the weekend sweep at Brown and Yale.
• Clarkson, which opened a seven-game road trip last weekend, has just one game at home for the remainder of the 2017 portion of the schedule. The Green and Gold will make their shortest weekend road trip of the season, playing in Central NY this Friday and Saturday. The longest trip in the program's 96-year history follows when the Knights travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland the week of the Thanksgiving Holiday to participate in the Friendship Four Tournament on November 24-25.  Clarkson will play RPI in a non-league game in the first round and either Maine or Providence on the second day. The Knights return to the states for a game at Canisius College on December 2 before closing out the first half with a home-and-home series in the North Country against their archrival. Clarkson hosts St. Lawrence on December 8 and battles the Saints in Canton the next night.
• The Knights have the second stingiest defense in the NCAA, allowing only 1.58 goals per game through their first 12 contests. Offensively, Clarkson is tied for 22nd with 3.00 GPG. In ECAC Hockey action, the Green and Gold ranked first offensively (4.50 GPG) and second defensively (1.50).
• After a standout freshman season when he was named ECAC Hockey's All-Rookie Goaltender, Jake Kielly has been even better to start his sophomore campaign. Playing every minute in the Clarkson crease, Kielly lists among the top goaltenders in the country in several categories. Kielly is second in Division I in save percentage (.945) and fourth in goals against average (1.58). and leads the nation in shutouts with three. Kielly has started 47 career games for the Knights, including the past 17, and holds a career .920 save percentage and a 2.31 GAA. In his first two seasons, Kielly is 8-0-2 in the Clarkson crease during the month of November. He has been named as one of the 20 goaltenders on the Mike Richter Award list for 2017-18, which honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA Division I Hockey. Kielly was named ECAC Hockey co-Goaltender of the Month for October.
• A big reason for Clarkson's success in ECAC Hockey action has been the emergence of the Freshman Line, centered by Josh Dickinson with left wing Kevin Charyszyn and right wing Jack Jacome. The trio has accounted for six goals and eight assists in the first four league games. 
• Dickinson has scored all five of his goals over the past four games and tallied twice in Friday's win at Brown.
• Jacome, a teammate of Dickinson with the Georgetown Raiders last year, has picked up all seven of his assists in the four November games. He leads the Knights' rookie in scoring with eight points (1-7).
• Charyszyn recorded his first collegiate points in the win at Brown with a power-play goal and an assist.
• Sophomore Haralds Egle adds another resource to the Knights' offense.  After missing the first 10 games recovering from an injury, Egle scored early in the opening period at Brown in his first game back in the lineup.
• Clarkson's Sophomore Line centered by Nico Sturm with left wing Devin Brosseau and right wing Sheldon Rempal is accounting for 34% of the Knights' scoring. 
• Rempal leads the offense with 14 points, including a team-high eight goals. He had the game-winning score in the win at Yale. Brosseau (3-7) and Sturm (2-8) are tied for third on the Clarkson scoring chart with 10 points apiece, Brosseau is tied for the team lead with power-play tallies (3). Sturm has recorded at least one point in each of the last five games. He is tied as the Green and Gold's leading playmaker with eight assists and holds a team-high plus/minus rating at +9.
• Senior blueline partners Terrance Amorosa and Kelly Summers continue to produce both offensively and defensively.  Amorosa leads the Knights' defensemen with 11 points (3-8), follwed by Summers with eight (2-6).  Amorosa, a Philadelphia Flyers draft choice, is tied for the team lead in assists (8) and power-play goals (3).  He recorded a goal and an assist in the win at Yale.  An Ottawa Senators draft pick, Summers is tied for the Knights lead in blocked shots with 17 along with Josh Dickinson.
• Clarkson is 7-0 when leading after the first period and 8-0 when holding the lead through 40 minutes. 
• The Knights have scored the opening goal in eight of the 12 games this season.
• Clarkson is 8-0-1 when it scores more than one goal in a game and 7-0-1 when it records more than one power-play tally.
• Captain Nic Pierog is the first Golden Knight to wear the #6 jersey since the late Mike Morrison '89 wore it in his senior campaign of 1988-89.  Senior Brett Gervais and sophomore Devin Brosseau act as Clarkson assistant captains.
• Clarkson began its 57th season of ECAC Hockey play this year. Entering the 2017-18 campaign, the Knights boasted a 677-380-94 league record for a .629 winning percentage since the conference was formed in 1961-62.  Clarkson has won 10 regular-season titles, the last coming in 2007-08, and five conference tournament crowns, the last coming in 2007.
• In its 96th season, Clarkson boasts 72 winning campaigns and a 1,421-854-155 all-time record for a .617 winning % since 1920-21.

Scouting Colgate
Guided by 25th-year head coach Don Vaughan, Colgate enters the weekend tied for the longest current unbeaten streak in the nation at seven games (4-0-3), including three straight victories. The Raiders stand at 6-2-4 overall and hold down fourth place in the ECAC Hockey standings at 3-0-1. Their only league blemish being a 0-0 tie at Princeton on November 3. Colgate, which last lost on October 14 at UNH (5-3), is 5-0-2 at Class of 1965 Arena.  This past weekend in Hamilton the Raiders edged Harvard 2-1 and Dartmouth 3-2.

Scouting Cornell
Boasting the only perfect record in the NCAA, Cornell, guided 23rd-year head coach Mike Schafer, takes a 6-0-0 record into Friday night's game against St. Lawrence. The Big Red are 4-0 at Lynah Rink and have outscored their opponents 14-3 in Ithaca. Cornell defeated Dartmouth (3-0) and Harvard (3-2) at Lynah over the weekend. The Big Red post the best defense in the country, allowing only 1.33 goals per game and the top-rated penalty kill, allowing the opponents to score on just one of 30 man-advantage chances (96.7%).

The Series
Clarkson leads the Raiders in their all-time series, which began during the 1927-28 campaign, 83-52-17.  Colgate, however, is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings. The NYS rivals split their series last year with the Raiders winning 3-2 at Class of 1965 Arena on January 21 and the Knights posting a 3-0 shutout at Cheel Arena on February 17. That was the first time in 11 meetings between the two that a game was decided by more than one goal. Clarkson's last win in Hamilton was a 2-1 triumph on February 3, 2007. Terrance Amorosa has a team-high two points on the series with one goal and one assist. Marly QuinceSheldon Rempal and Nico Sturm are the only other Knights to have scored in the series. Jake Kielly posts a .936 save percentage and a 1.51 goals against average with one shutout through two games against the Raiders.

Cornell is the Knights' oldest current rival having first played during the 1922-23 campaign with the teams battling to a 0-0 tie in Ithaca. The Big Red lead the rivalry against the Knights 66-54-16. Cornell holds a 6-2-2 advantage in the last 10 meetings. The two long-time foes played five times in the second half of last season with Cornell holding the advantage 2-1-2. The Big Red edged the Green and Gold in an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series 2-1 (2-6, 2-1, 2-1) at Lynah rink on March 10-12. The teams skated to a pair of 3-3 overtime ties during the regular season. Brett Gervais and Nic Pierog lead the Knights against Cornell with five (3-2) and four points (2-2), respectively. Juho Jokiharju has tallied twice against the Big Red, both coming in last year's playoffs. Through five games in the series, Jake Kielly holds a .883 save percentage and a 2.35 goals against average.