Clarkson

Game Notes: Clarkson Heads to NY's Capital District for ECAC Hockey Action

Taking to the road for the first time in three weeks the Clarkson University Hockey team will face a challenging conference test in New York's Capital District region this weekend. Guided by sixth-year head coach Casey Jones and assistants Phil Roy '00 and Josh Hauge, the Golden Knights will face off at long-time rival Rensselaer at Houston Field House in Troy on Friday and then battle 15/16th-ranked Union at Messa Rink in Schenectady on Saturday. Game times are 7:00 p.m.

Clarkson broke out of three game slide on Saturday with a 4-2 win over Princeton at Cheel Arena. The Knights, who lost to 6th-ranked Quinnipiac 5-3 on Friday in their league opener, stand at 4-5-1 overall and are tied for fifth place in the ECAC Hockey standings at 1-1.
 
•    Clarkson leads the overall series against Rensselaer 88-50-11. The Knights have taken three of four league points from RPI in each of the past two regular seasons. The Engineers, however, defeated the Green and Gold two games to one (3-2, 0-5, 3-1) in the 2015 ECAC Hockey first round series played at Cheel. Overall in the last 10 meetings, Clarkson holds a slim 4-3-3 edge.
•    The Knights hold a 29-25-5 advantage in their all-time series against Union and are coming off a big win in the series. Clarkson snapped a six-game losing skid to the 2014 National Champions with a 4-1 victory at Messa Rink on February 5, its first win in Schenectady since a playoff triumph March 6, 2005. It was the Green and Gold's first regular-season victory at Union since January 13, 2001. The Dutchmen are 22-15-3 against Clarkson in games played during the 2000s, including an 8-2 mark in the last 10 meetings.
•    Clarkson has given up the opening goal in each of the past three games. The Knights, however, were able to come back against Princeton on the strength of the first career two-goal game from, senior forward Troy Josephs.
•    Princeton held a slight 34-32 edge in shots, but senior Ville Runola, making his first start in nearly two years, came through with a much needed steady game in the Clarkson crease to post his second career victory and first since winning his collegiate debut on January 10, 2014, 3-2 over Merrimack.
•    Runola has played in only 14 career games, including just nine starts since 2013-14. He made just two apperances, playing 23 minutes last season. Runola posts a .890 save percentage and a 2.96 goals against average en route to a 2-6-3 record.
•    Over the past six games, Clarkson has allowed the opponents to score a goal in the opening two minutes of a period or in overtime five times.
•    Clarkson has scored a goal in the final minute of a period four times this year.
• Freshman goaltender Jake Kielly, who started seven straight games to open the season, did not dress this past weekend because of an illness. Kielly had played 95% of the time in the Clarkson goal through the first eight games. He posts a .904 save percentage and a 2.99 goals against average en route to a 3-4-1 record with one shutout.
•    Balance and Depth. Seventeen different Golden Knights have accounted for Clarkson's 33 goals through the first 10 games. Twenty players have recorded at least one point.
• Senior Jordan Boucher leads the Knights in scoring with 11 points, including a team-high seven goals. He has recorded seven points (4-3) over the past three games.  Boucher is Clarkson's active career scoring leader with 53 points (24-29) in 87 games.
• Junior Sam Vigneault follows right behind with 10 points, including seven assists. He has a current, team-leading five-game point streak with two goals and five assists during that span. Vigneault has taken the most faceoffs for the Knights, winning 53.2% of his draws (101-89).
• Devin Brosseau is Clarkson's third-leading scorer and is tied for the lead among ECAC Hockey freshmen in overall scoring with eight points on one goal and seven assists. He posts a team-high +7 plus/minus rating. Brosseau was named ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Month for October.
• Clarkson's freshman class has accounted for 30% of the Knights' scoring with seven goals and 19 assists.
• The Freshman Line of, center Nico Sturm (0-3), left wing Brosseau (1-3) and right wing Sheldon Rempal (3-2) has accounted for four goals and eight assists over the past  six games.
• Rookie defenseman Greg Moro became the lastest Golden Knight to record his first collegiate goal, scoring into an empty net in the final seconds on Saturday to seal Clarkson's 4-2 victory over Princeton. He also recorded an assist in the win. Moro has five points (1-4) from the blueline and is second on the team in plus/minus at +6.
• Senior captain James de Haas leads the Knights in scoring from the blueline with six points on two goals and four assists.
• Junior defenseman Terrance Amorosa, made a big impression in his first game back in the Clarkson lineup by his strong play on the blueline and his offensive contribution with a pair of assists in the win over Princeton. He missed the first nine games nursing an injury.
• Clarkson has outscored opponents 12-10 through the opening 20 minutes, but has been outcored 12-10 in the third period and 1-0 in overtime.  
• de Haas serves as the Knights' captain. Joining de Haas in leadership roles for Clarkson this season are senior Perry D'Arrisso and juniors Brett Gervais and Nic Pierog, who will serve as assistant captains.
•    In its 95th season, Clarkson boasts 71 winning campaigns and a 1,399-840-150 all-time record for a .618 winning % since 1920-21.
•    Clarkson is 2-5 at Cheel Arena this season after posting the third-best home winning percentage in the nation last year (.842%) with a 15-2-2 mark in Potsdam.
•    Clarkson was ranked 15th among the Top 25 College Hockey Programs of All Time by HERO Sports - http://herosports.com/
•    Four current Golden Knights have been selected in the NHL Draft – de Haas (2012 Detroit - 6th rd, 170), Amorosa (2013 Philadelphia - 5th rd, 189), Josephs (2013 Pittsburgh - 7th rd, 209) and Kelly Summers (2014 Ottawa - 7th rd, 189).

Scouting Rensselaer:
Rensselaer owns a 2-6-1 overall record and a 1-3 ECAC Hockey mark. The Engineers, guided by 11th-year head coach Seth Appert, have just one win in their last four games, but their last two defeats have been 3-2 overtime setbacks to Top-20 ranked teams. On Saturday at Houston Field House, RPI fell to 16th-ranked Yale 23 second into overtime after defeating Brown 3-1 on Friday. The Engineers opened conference play with a pair of losses in a home-and-home series against Union, losing 4-1 in Troy on October 28 and falling to the Dutchmen in Schenectady as the home team scored 66 seconds into the extra session. RPI is 2-2-1 at home.

Scouting Union:
One of the hottest teams in the country, 15/16th-ranked Union, which hosts St. Lawrence on Friday, owns an 8-2-1 overall record and is atop the ECAC Hockey standings at 4-0-0. The Dutchmen, guided by sixth-year head coach Rick Bennett, swept Yale (5-3) and Brown (6-4) this past weekend at Messa Rink. Union' s two losses were a 4-0 shutout at Michigan on October 8 and a 6-4 loss at Holy Cross on November 1. Union also settled for a tie at Sacred Heart on October 15. The Dutchmen are 5-0-0 at home.

The Series:
In a heated rivalry which dates back to the 1924-25 campaign, Clarkson leads the overall series against Rensselaer 88-50-11. The Knights have taken three of four league points from RPI in each of the past two regular seasons. The Engineers, however, defeated the Green and Gold two games to one (3-2, 0-5, 3-1) in the 2015 ECAC Hockey first round series played at Cheel. Overall in the last 10 meetings, Clarkson holds a slim 4-3-3 edge. Last season the teams tied in Potsdam in their first meeting, 2-2, on November 6 in their ECAC Hockey opener. Clarkson rallied behind four, third-period goals to defeat RPI 4-2 in Troy in their last meeting on February 16. The Knights are unbeaten (1-0-2) in their last three visits to Houston Field House. A. J. Fossen has recorded a team-high seven points in the series against RPI with two goals and five assists.  One of five players with two goals in the series, Kelly Summers has tallied five points against the Engineers. Steve Perry has played in five games in goal against RPI and holds a .910 save percentage, a 1.80 goals against average and 2-1-1 record, including two shutouts in the series.

The Knights hold a 29-25-5 advantage in their all-time series against Union and are coming off a big win in the series. Clarkson snapped a six-game losing skid to the 2014 National Champions with a 4-1 victory at Messa Rink on February 5, its first win in Schenectady since a playoff triumph March 6, 2005. It was the Green and Gold's first regular-season victory at Union since January 13, 2001. The Dutchmen are 22-15-3 against Clarkson in games played during the 2000s, including an 8-2 mark in the last 10 meetings.  Union defeated Clarkson 4-1 at Cheel on November 7. Perry D'Arrisso has a team-high two goals against the Dutchmen. Kelly Summers and Aaron Thow are the only other current Knights with a goal in the series. Ben Dalpe has tallied two assists. Steve Perry has a .852 save percentage and a 4.11 record in three losses against Union.