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Knights Host Nationally-Ranked Hockey East Foes at Cheel

Knights Host Nationally-Ranked Hockey East Foes at Cheel

Unbeaten in its first four games to start the 2017-18 campaign, the Clarkson University Hockey team will continue its challenging non-league, opening portion of the schedule this weekend at Cheel Arena against two more teams that competed in last year's NCAA Tournament. The Golden Knights will host Hockey East foes UMass-Lowell on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Providence College on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Guided by seventh-year Head Coach Casey Jones and assistants Phil Roy '00 and Josh Hauge, Clarkson is off to its best start in 11 years with a 3-0-1 record. Their first road trip pf the season was a success as the Green and Gold tied (2-2) and defeated (4-2) Western Michigan in Kalamazoo over the weekend.

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• Clarkson ended a 10-game winless skid against Lowell last season by scoring four of the final five goals to knock off the River Hawks, ranked 5th in the country at the time, 4-3 at the Tsongas Center on October 22. Lowell has the best record of any of Clarkson's opponents at Cheel with a 6-1 mark on the Knights' home ice. The River Hawks, who lead the series 13-12-1, defeated Clarkson 6-2 in their last game in Potsdam on January 15, 2013.
• The Knights are unbeaten in their last four games (3-0-1) against Providence and lead the all-time series 34-16-2. The Friars have never won at Cheel Arena, going 0-5.
• Clarkson has matched its best start since the 2006-07 campaign when it also went 3-0-1 to open the season. The Knights finished with a 25-9-5 record and made the NCAA Tournament that season. Clarkson began the 1990-91 campaign unbeaten in its first seven (6-0-1).
• The opening slate to the 2017-18 campaign is one of the toughest in the program's 96-year history with seven of the Knights' first eight games against teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament last March. The only game not against a 2017 NCAA participant was vs. nine-time NCAA champion Michigan, who the Green and Gold shut out 3-0. Clarkson opened the year with a 2-1 win over Penn State.
• Clarkson closes out the tough month of October with a two-game series at 7th-ranked Minnesota next weekend.
• Clarkson is ranked 10/12th in the USA Today/USA Magazine and USCHO.com polls. 
• Backstopped in goal by sophomore Jake Kielly, Clarkson is tied for fourth in the country in scoring defense, allowing only 1.25 goals allowed per game. The Knights have been outshot in three of the first four games, but Kielly has been nearly unbeatable. He has played every minute so far this season and boasts a .963 save percentage (6th in the nation) and a 1.23 goals against average (8th) along with one shutout. Kielly turned aside 64 of 68 shots (.941 save percentage) over the weekend at Western Michigan. Kielly is 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.
• Clarkson's sophomore line of left wing Devin Brosseau (1-3), center Nico Sturm (1-3) and right wing Sheldon Rempal(3-3) has been a force for the Green and Gold accounting for 45% of the Knights' scoring. The trio who enjoyed a strong freshman campaign skating together has emerged as one of the top lines in the nation.
• After a productive weekend at Western Michigan Sheldon Rempal was named ECAC Hockey Player of the week. Rempal led Clarkson offensively over the weekend with four points. He scored the Knights' first two goals in Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Broncos and tallied the opening goal and set up the game-tying score in Friday's 2-2 draw. Rempal is tied for the Green and Gold's scoring lead with six points, including a team-high three goals.
• Terrance Amorosa has tallied at least one point in each of the first four games and is tied with Rempal atop the Clarkson scoring charts with six points, including a team-high four assists. He connected on the power play for Saturday's game-winner. The 2013 NHL Draft choice of the Philadelphia Flyers holds a team-high +6 plus/minus rating.
• 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 serve as Clarkson assistant captains.
• The Knights have scored first in three of the four games this season and have outscored  opponents 4-1 in the first period.
• Clarkson has yet to trail after two periods this season.
• The Knights have scored one power-play goal in each of the last three games.
• Clarkson has been strong on the penalty kill, having allowed only three goals in 27 opponent man-advantage chances (88.9% - 13th in Division I).
• Now in his seventh year as Clarkson Head Coach, Casey Jones is one win shy of 100 career victories with a 99-105-31 record. 
• Clarkson is 5-0-1 all-time against National College Hockey Conference competition after the weekend's win and tie at Western Michigan. In 2013-14, the Knights swept Colorado College (2-1, 1-0ot) at Cheel Arena in the first year of the conference, and then swept Western Michigan (4-2, 6-2) in Potsdam during the 2015-16 campaign. 
• In its 96th season, Clarkson boasts 72 winning campaigns and a 1,416-851-155 all-time record for a .617 winning % since 1920-21.

Scouting UMass-Lowell
One of the premier programs in the country the past several years, UMass-Lowell went 27-11-3 last season, and tied for first in the Hockey East standings with a 14-7-1 conference mark. The River Hawks advanced to the finals of the NCAA Northeast Regionals before falling in overtime to Notre Dame 3-2. Guided by seventh-year Head Coach Norm Bazin, Lowell is 1-3 to start the 2017-18 campaign. The River Hawks snapped a three-game, season-opening losing skid with a 5-2 victory over Omaha on Saturday at Tsongas Center. Lowell lost two against New Hampshire (4-3, 3-1) to start the year and fell to Omaha 4-2 on Friday before Saturday's win.

Scouting Providence
National Champions in 2015, Providence College is coming off a 22-12-5 overall record in 2016-17 and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Friars, guided by former Union College head coach Nate Leaman, now in his seventh season in Providence, has played in three close games to start the 2017-18 campaign, going 2-1. This past Sunday, the Friars lost their home-opener at Schneider Arena, falling in overtime to Hockey East rival Boston College 4-3 after holding a 3-0 lead early in the second period. Providence opened the season with a weekend sweep at Miami of Ohio, winning 3-1 and 3-2 on October 6-7. The Friars play at St. Lawrence on Friday before facing off against Clarkson.

The Series:
Clarkson ended a 10-game winless skid against Lowell last season by scoring four of the final five goals to knock off the River Hawks, ranked 5th in the country at the time, 4-3 at the Tsongas Center on October 22. Four different Knights scored and Jake Kielly made 28 saves.  Lowell holds a one-game edge in the series, leading 13-12-1. Clarkson won the first meeting 10-2 in Potsdam on November 11, 1978, and was 6-2 against the River Hawks in the 1990s. Lowell, however, dominated play in the 2000s with an unbeaten 9-0-1 mark against the Green and Gold prior to their last meeting. Lowell has the best record of any of Clarkson's opponents at Cheel with a 6-1 mark on the Knights' home ice. The River Hawks defeated Clarkson 6-2 in their last game in Potsdam on January 15, 2013. Devin Brosseau is the only current Knight to have scored a goal in the series. 

The Knights are unbeaten in their last four games (3-0-1) against Providence and lead the all-time series 34-16-2. Last season in Rhode Island Jake Kielly made 43 saves and three different Golden Knights – Jordan SchneiderSheldon Rempal and Tyko Karjalainen - scored their first career goals in a 3-3 tie on October 21. The Knights won the last meeting in Potsdam 10 years ago, shutting out the Friars 2-0 on October 13, 2007. Clarkson is 6-3-1 in the last 10 games against the Friars. Providence's last win in the series was a 4-2 victory at Schneider Arena on October 8, 2004. The Friars have never won at Cheel Arena, going 0-5.