ECAC Hockey action will be on the marquee the rest of the way for the league-leading Clarkson University Hockey team as the Green and Gold face conference foes for the remaining 14 regular-season games. Guided by seventh-year head coach Casey Jones and assistants Phil Roy '00 and Josh Hauge, the Golden Knights take their 8-0-0 ECAC Hockey record on the road this weekend, battling Union and Rensselaer in NY's Capital District region for their first league action in over a month.
Riding the second-longest current winning streak in the country, Clarkson opened the New Year by skating past Atlantic Hockey frontrunner Canisius 4-0 on January 2 at Cheel Arena for its 12th consecutive victory. Ranked third in the national polls, the Knights own a 16-3-1 overall record.
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• The Knights hold a 31-26-5 advantage in their all-time series against Union. The Dutchmen, however, have enjoyed great success against the Green and Gold in the 2010s and are 7-3 over the last 10 meetings. Clarkson is starting to regain the momentum in the series, going 3-2 in the last five games. The Knights held off Union in the first meeting this season, defeating the Dutchmen 3-2 at Cheel Arena on November 4.
• The Knights lead the overall series against Rensselaer, which dates back to the 1924-25 campaign, 94-51-11. Clarkson leads 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings and has won seven of the last eight over the Engineers. The Knights outscored RPI 8-0 in the first two meetings this season, winning 6-0 in the ECAC Hockey opener on November 3 at Cheel Arena and 2-0 in the first round of the Friendship Four in Belfast on November 24, extending their current win streak in the series to four games.
• Picked to finish fourth in ECAC Hockey this year by the conference coaches, the Knights are off to their best start ever in league play at 8-0-0 and have outscored conference opponents 34-11.
• Clarkson, which owns the most productive offense in ECAC Hockey play, averaging 4.25 goals per conference game, has scored at last three goals in each league win this season.
• The Knights also hold the stingiest defense in conference play, giving up only 1.38 goals per game. Clarkson has allowed more than two goals in a game just once in ECAC Hockey action, giving up three in the 5-3 win at Brown on November 10. The Green and Gold have two shutouts in ECAC Hockey play.
• The Knights are ranked third in both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine national polls, receiving first-place votes in both.
• Clarkson's current 12-game winning streak, which started with the win over RPI in early November, is thied for the fifth-longest winning stretch in the program's 96-year history. The current Clarkson streak is the second longest in the country, trailing only Notre Dame's 15-game run.
• The last time Clarkson lost a game was on October 28, the high temperature in Potsdam topped out at 73 degrees.
• Clarkson Hockey Win Streaks (10-or-more games)
23 – 1955-56 (Nov.18 – March 6)
16 – 1956-57 (n/a)
13 – 1998-99 (Jan. 15 – Feb. 27)
- 65-66 (Nov. 13 – Jan. 29)
12 – 2017-18 (Nov.3 - present
- 1996-97 (Feb. 1 – March 14)
- 1969-70 (Jan. 18 – March 5)
- 1957-58 (n/a)
11 – 1961-62 (1st half)
- 1937-38 (n/a)
10 – 1997-98 (Feb. 14 – March 20)
- 1963-64 (Nov. 15 – Jan. 4)
- 1961-62 (2nd half)
- 1954-55 (Nov. 27 – Jan. 12)
• Clarkson is tied for first in the nation for most wins away from its home arena with nine (7 on the road, 2 neutral). The Knights are 9-2-1 away from Cheel Arena with their only two road losses coming on the Olympic-size ice sheet (100' x 200') at the University Minnesota's 3M Arena at Mariucci on October 27-28.
• Clarkson outscored the opponents 67-27 through the first 20 games, tying for the the best scoring margin in the NCAA at 2.00. The Knights boast the best defense in the country, allowing only 1.35 goals per game, and hold the 10th-rated offense, scoring 3.35 goals per game.
• Specialty teams contribution is a big factor in Clarkson's success as the Green and Gold are tops in the country in combined play at 59.4% (107/180).
• Clarkson boasts the best power play in the country, clicking at 30.3% and has scored the second most man-advantage goals in the nation with 27, but does not have one player among the top 10 power-play goal-scorers in the country. The Knights have three players – Terrance Amorosa, Josh Dickinson and Sheldon Rempal – tied for 15th with five power-play goals each. Eight Knights have scored at least one goal in Clarkson's highly productive, balanced power-play effort. The Knights have clicked at a phenomenal rate of 37.9% (22-58) during the 12-game win streak, scoring at least one goal on the man-advantage in each game since November 3. Clarkson is 15-0-1 when it scores a power-play goal.
• Clarkson has been nearly as good shorthanded, shutting down 87.9% (80-91) of the opponents' man-advantage opportunities, for the fifth-rated penalty-killing unit in Division 1. The Green and Gold have killed off 10 straight power plays and have only allowed one goal by the opponents on the man-advantage in the last seven games.
• Backstopping the Knights in goal is sophomore Jake Kielly, who rates as one of the best goaltenders in the country. Kielly, who has played every minute in the Clarkson crease, owns the best goals against average (1.35) in the nation, is tied for second in save percentage (.948), is second in winning percentage (.825) and leads the country in shutouts (6). He has earned ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Month honors in each of the three months this season it has been awarded - October, November and December. ECAC Hockey All-Rookie team goaltender last season, Kielly has already equalled his win total from last year (16). The most victories in a season by a Clarkson goaltender in the last 11 years is 22 by David Leggio '08 in 2007-08.
• Headlining the Knights' prolific offense is one of the top lines in the nation. Clarkson's Sophomore Line, centered by Nico Sturm with left wing Devin Brosseau and right wing Sheldon Rempal, accounts for 34% of the team's scoring. Rempal, Brosseau and Sturm rate one, two, and three on the Clarkson scoring charts.
• The third-leading goal scorer in the country, Rempal has tallied 16 goals and 25 points and shares the national lead in game-winning goals with four. He has already surpassed his rookie goal (11) and point (23) totals from last season.
• Brosseau has 22 points, including a team-high 18 assists, tied for sixth most in Division 1. He shares the current longest point streak among the Knights with nine points (1-8) over the last five games. All four of his goals have come on the power play.
• Sturm is second in the country in winning faceoff percentage, 62.1% (216-132) and leads the Knights' in plus/minus at +15. He is third in scoring with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists. Sturm has a five-game goal streak with eight points (5-3) since November 25. Sturm has scored twice on the power play, netted both of Clarkson's shorthanded goals and has tallied three game-winners.
• Linemates Jack Jacome and Josh Dickinson rank two and three among freshman scorers overall in ECAC Hockey, and one and two in league points among rookies.
• Jacome is tied for fourth on Clarkson in scoring with 16 points, including 14 assists. He was named the Hockey Commissioners' Association National Division 1 Rookie of the Month for November.
• Dickinson is second in the country for goals by a freshman with 10, and also adds five assists for 15 points. He shares the team lead in power-play goals with five. He has recorded three, two-goal outings, including both scores in the 2-0 victory over RPI at the Friendship Four (11/24). Dickinson leads the Knights' forwards in block shots with 24 and is third on the team overall.
• A pair of NHL Draft picks, seniors Terrance Amorosa and Kelly Summers provides Clarkson with one of the best defensive pairings in the country.
• A 2013 Philadelphia Flyers' draft choice, Amorosa has equalled his season-high for points with 16 on five goals and 11 assists, tying for fourth on the Clarkson scoring charts. All five of his goals have come on the power play. He holds a +11 plus/minus rating.
• A 2014 Ottawa Senators' draftee, Summers also has 16 points on two goals and 14 assists and leads the Knights in blocks shots with 31. He posts a +10 plus/minus rating.
• Freshman left wing Kevin Charyszyn highlighted the Knights' offense in the 4-0 win over Canisius with his first career two-goal game. He has scored three of his five goals in the past two games. He has nine points through 19 contests with all his points coming over his last 10 games since November 10.
• Clarkson has outscored opponents in every period with the largest margin being in the second period, 26-9.
• Clarkson is 10-0 when leading after the first period and 16-0 when holding the lead through 40 minutes.
• The Knights are 16-0-1 when scoring more than one goal, and 15-0-1 when connecting for a power-play goal.
• 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. Pierog has three goals and four assists.
• Senior Brett Gervais serves as an assistant captain along with Devin Brosseau. Gervais has five points on the year with two goals and three assists.
• Twenty-one Knights have recorded at least one point this season and 16 Clarkson players have scored at least one goal.
• The Knights have scored the opening goal in 13 of the 20 games this season and are 12-1 when doing so.
• Clarkson has scored four-or-more goals in a game 11 times, including four outings with five-or-more goals.
• The Knights are 8-0-0 in games decided by three-or-more goals.
• Clarkson has outshot the opponents in 13 of the 20 games. The Knights have put at least 30 shots on net in nine games, including a season-high 39 in the 6-0 win over RPI (11/3) at Cheel Arena in the ECAC Hockey opener. Clarkson allowed just 12 shots on goal in its last game, the 4-0 win over Canisius (1/2). The Golden Griffins came into the game with the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the country.
• After many years of futility Clarkson is on a roll in in-season tournaments having won two consecutive Thanksgiving affairs. The Knights won Notre Dame's Shillelagh Tournament last year, tying Yale 2-2 (advancing in a shootout win) and defeating the Fighting Irish 2-0 to claim its first in-season tournament title since 2006. The Knights followed that with the Friendship Four championship this November with a 2-0 victory over RPI and a 4-2 win over Providence in Belfast.
• 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.
Union, under seventh-year head coach Rick Bennett, stands at .500 overall with an 11-11-1 mark. The Dutchmen, who have played two more league games than the Knights, are tied for second in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 7-3 conference slate. Union has struggled in recent games with just one win in its last five outings. The Dutchmen split on the road over the weekend, defeating Dartmouth 4-1 in Hanover, NH on Friday before falling in overtime to Harvard, 4-3, in Cambridge, MA to finish out a four-game road trip. Union is just 5-4 at Messa Rink this season.
Rensselaer, under first-year head coach Dave Smith enters the weekend coming off a big tie against Harvard, skating to a 2-2 draw against the Crimson at Houston Field House on Tuesday to snap a six-game losing slide. The Engineers, who host St. Lawrence on Friday, own a 3-15-4 overall record and an 11th-place 2-7-2 ECAC Hockey mark. RPI has not won since posting a 2-1 victory over Yale in Troy on December 1. The Engineers are 2-8-1 at home this season.
Vs. Union - The Knights hold a 31-26-5 advantage in their all-time series against Union. The Dutchmen, however, have enjoyed great success against the Green and Gold in the 2010s and are 7-3 over the last 10 meetings. Clarkson is starting to regain the momentum in the series, going 3-2 in the last five games. The Knights held off Union in the first meeting this season, winning 3-2 at Cheel on November 4. Clarkson has posted victories in its last two games in Schenectady, winning 3-1 on January 27 last year and 4-1 on February 16, 2016 for its first regular-season victory at Union since January 13, 2001. The Green and Gold are 15-15-4 all-time at Messa Rink. The Dutchmen's last win over Clarkson was a 6-2 triumph in Potsdam on January 27, 2017. Sheldon Rempal is Clarkson's top point producer against Union with five assists through three games. Nico Sturm has a team-high two goals in the series, including the game-winner in the first meeting this season. Seven other Knights have scored a goal in the series. Jake Kielly posts a .900 save percentage and a 3.00 GAA through three games.
Vs. RPI - The Knights lead the overall series against Rensselaer, which dates back to the 1924-25 campaign, 94-51-11. Clarkson leads 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings and has won seven of the last eight over the Engineers. The Knights outscored RPI 8-0 in the first two meetings this season, winning 6-0 in the ECAC Hockey opener on November 3 at Cheel Arena and 2-0 in the first round of the Friendship Four in Belfast on November 24, extending their current win streak in the series to four games. RPI's last win in the series was a 2-1 victory in Potsdam on January 28. Clarkson is 2-0-2 in its past four games at Houston Field House, including two straight victories. Last year on November 11 the Knights won 5-2 in Troy. Kelly Summers has a team-high 11 points in the series on four goals and seven assists. Sheldon Rempal, who recorded his first career hat trick in the win at Cheel to start the ECAC Hockey campaign, leads the way in goals with five. Terrance Amorosa (4-4) and Haralds Egle (3-5) have recorded eight points against the Engineers. Josh Dickinson, who scored both goals in the win in Northern Ireland, has three goals through two games in the series. Jake Kielly holds a .930 save percentage, a 1.94 GAA and a 6-1 record through seven games in the series. He combined for 39 saves in the two shutouts this season.