PROVIDENCE, RI -- Junior Jake Kielly (Eden Prairie, MN) turned aside all 20 Brown shots and Clarkson University used another balanced offensive effort to skate to its eighth straight win and fourth shutout of the season in 4-0 road victory in Providence, RI.
The Golden Knights, who have outscored their opponents 30-8 during their current win streak, improve to 16-6 overall and to 7-3 in ECAC Hockey. Ranked 14/15th in the national polls entering the weekend, Clarkson takes the show back on the road next weekend as the Green and Gold clash with the Crimson of Harvard on Friday night in Cambridge, MA and the Big Green of Dartmouth in Hanover, NH on Saturday.
After four different Golden Knights scored in Friday's 4-2 win at Yale, the Green and Gold spread the scoring around again on Saturday at Meehan Auditorium. Junior co-captain Nico Sturm (Augsburg, Germany), senior Juho Jokiharju (Tampere, Finland), sophomore Connor McCarthy (LaSalle, QUE) and freshman Anthony Callin (Middleton, WI) found the back of the net at Brown (6-9-3, 3-5-3).
The Bears came out with a hard forecheck and kept the puck inside the Clarkson zone at times during the opening period. However, Kielly stood tall with 10 stops.
Late in the period, Sturm came out of the penalty box and took a Jack Jacome (Caledon, ONT) pass off the stick of a Brown defender, skated in alone and beat Brown goaltender Gavin Nieto low at 17:37 for the only goal of the first period.
For Sturm, the goal makes points in nine straight games, including five goals in that span. He has 11 goals for the season. Jacome's assist gives the sophomore wing points in three straight.
As in the first period, there was only one goal scored in the second stanza– again by the Golden Knights. McCarthy took a puck deep in his own zone and sent a pass all the way to Brown's blue line for Callin, who worked the puck into the corner. Senior Marly Quince (Sioux Lookout, ONT) joined Callin in the corner to keep possession of the puck. Eventually Callin worked the puck out of a pile and spotted Jokiharju open between the faceoff circles. Jokiharju one-timed the Callin pass past Nieto at 14:57 for his first goal of the season, giving Clarkson a 2-0 advantage after two periods of play.
Clarkson could not convert on a power play carried over from the second period to the third, however the Golden Knights went right to work when Darion Dawson for Brown was whistled for interference at 8:31 of the final frame. Freshman center Josh Dunne (O'Fallon, MO) won a faceoff back to junior defenseman Shane Kuzmeski (Grayslake, IL), who found senior Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE) open in the right corner. Brosseau immediately got the puck to McCarthy at the back post for the one timer past Nieto at 8:37 for his third goal of the season. Clarkson has now scored power-play goals in three straight games.
The Golden Knights salted the contest just 2:10 later. Quince won an offensive zone draw in the left circle back to Callin who ripped a wrist shot over the blocker of Nieto for his second goal of the season to close out the scoring.
The goal and assist for Callin are the first multi-point effort in his rookie campaign career. Brosseau's helper on McCarthy's score gives him five goals and two assists in his last eight games.
Jake Kielly made five first-period stops, eight in the middle frame and seven more over the final 20 minutes for this fourth shutout of the season and 15th of his career to lead all active NCAA goaltenders. It's also the 14th straight game in which Kielly would surrender two or fewer scores.