Clarkson Closes Out 2017 With North Country Rivalry

Clarkson Closes Out 2017 With North Country Rivalry

Rolling along with the second longest current winning streak in the country, the Clarkson University Hockey team will look to close out an outstanding first half of the 2017-18 campaign with a solid effort in this weekend's home-and-home series with archrival St. Lawrence.  

The Golden Knights play their first game at Cheel Arena since November 4 when they host the Saints on Friday, and then take on their North Country foe at Appleton Arena in Canton on Saturday in the final game of the 2017 portion of the schedule. Both games are 7:00 p.m. faceoffs. Friday's Game will be broadcast on Eleven Sports

Guided by seventh-year head coach Casey Jones and assistants Phil Roy '00 and Josh Hauge, the Golden Knights have been unbeatable since the start of November, stringing together nine straight victories with the last seven all coming on the road. Clarkson closed out the lengthy road trip with a convincing 5-1 win over Canisius in Western NY on Saturday, snapping the Golden Griffins' five-game win streak.

Ranked third in the national polls, the Green and Gold own a 13-3-1 overall record and hold down first place in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 6-0-0 league mark.

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• In the overall series against St. Lawrence, which began in the 1925-26 campaign, the Golden Knights hold an overwhelming 123-71-11 lead. Clarkson has won the last two games in Potsdam and is 23-8-2 against St. Lawrence all-time at Cheel. The Knights' last win at Appleton Arena was on December 6, 2014 (2-1). The North Country foes split last season, with each winning on its home ice.
• Clarkson boasts the number-one ranked defense in the nation, allowing only 1.41 goals per game. The Knights have outscored their opponents 56-24 through the first 17 games, and 38-11 during the current nine-game winning streak.
• Offensively, the Green and Gold are averaging 3.29 goals per game, good for 12th best in Division I. The Knights have averaged 4.22 goals per game during the current win streak.
•  A big part of Clarkson's success has been the productivity of the special teams. The Knights boast the best combined specialty teams play in the country at 60.3 percent (91-151). 
•    Clarkson's power play is first in the NCAA, clicking at 30.6% (22-72). The Knights have scored at least one power-play goal in each of the last nine games, and 17 total during that span, going (17-41, 41.4%) during the current win streak.  The Green and Gold have tallied at least two man-advantage goals in six of those games, including a pair of three power-play goal outings. Clarkson was 2-of-4 at Canisius.
•    The Knights' penalty kill is rated 7th in the nation, killing off 87.3% of opponents power-play chances (69-79). Clarkson has not allowed a power-play goal over the past four games, killing off all 12 opponent's man-advantage chances during that span.
•    Clarkson's current nine-game winning streak is the Knights' longest stretch of victories since stringing 13 together late in the 1998-99 campaign. The 13-3-1 record matches Clarkson's best start since the 1983-84 season.
• Clarkson swept ECAC Hockey monthly honors for November with three Golden Knights taking home the top honors for the month. Jake Kielly was voted Goaltender of the Month and freshman linemates, Josh Dickinson and Jack Jacome were honored as Player and Rookie of the Month, respectively. Jacome was also honored as NCAA National Rookie of the Month.
• Kielly posted a perfect 8-0-0 record in the Clarkson crease during the month, including six straight victories on the road. He led the conference in wins, goals against average (1.25), save percentage (.948) and shutouts (3). During his two-year career with the Green and Gold, Kielly is unbeaten in November, going 12-0-2. He has played every minute in the Clarkson crease this season and lists among the top goaltenders in the country in several categories. He leads the nation in shutouts (5), tied for most wins (13), first in the country in goals against average (1.41) and second in save percentage (.947). Kielly was named MVP of the Friendship Four in Belfast. 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 also named ECAC Hockey co-Goaltender of the Month for October. 
• Dickinson was the leading goal scorer overall in November among all ECAC Hockey players with nine tallies and tied for top goal scorer in the nation during the month. He also shared the conference goal-scoring lead (7). Dickinson led the nation with four power-play goals. He recorded at least one point in all eight games during the month, including goals in six of those. He posted his third, two-goal outing of the month with all the scoring in the Knights' 2-0 victory over RPI in the first round of the Friendship Four in Belfast. Dickinson has emerged as one of the top goal scorers in the nation with 10 tallies in the last nine games' leading all NCAA freshman in goal scoring. He has 13 points (10-3) on the year and shares the team lead in power-play markers (5). Dickinson is also second among the team in blocked shots (23).
• The right wing on Dickinson's line, Jacome led ECAC Hockey in points for the month, both overall (12) and in conference play (11). A linemate with Dickinson in juniors last year with the Georgetown Raiders, Jacome tallied at least one point in seven of the eight games in November and posted 11 assists. The second leading overall freshman scorer in ECAC Hockey, Jacome has tallied 14 points in 15 games and is second in the nation among rookies in assists with 12.  Jacome was also honored as NCAA Hockey Rookie of the Month.
• Rounding out the Freshman Line, left wing Kevin Charyszyn has tallied six points (2-4) this season, all coming in the last seven games. 
• Clarkson's Freshman Line has emerged as another hilghly productive line in the nation, accounting for 21% of the Knights' scoring (14-19-33). The trio has accounted for 13 goals and 18 assists during the current nine-game winning streak. 
• Clarkson's Sophomore Line centered by Nico Sturm with right wing Sheldon Rempal and left wing Devin Brosseau is accounting for 34% of the Knights' offense (21-32-53). 
•Tied for the nation's lead in goals (13), Rempal paces the Knights' attack with 22 points. He is just one point shy of equaling his offensive total from last year (23). He scored twice in Saturday's 5-1 win at Canisius for his fourth, multiple-goal outing of the season. Rempal leads the Green and Gold in game-winners (3) and is third in plus/minus (+11).
• An assistant captain, Brosseau is the Knights' second-leading scorer with 18 points and leading playmaker with 14 assists. He set up a career-high three goals in the win at Canisius. All four of his goals have come on the power play. He is tied for the Clarkson lead in plus/minus at +12.
• Sturm adds 13 points (4-9) to round out one of the top lines in college hockey. He connected for the game-winner against Providence in the 4-2 Friendship Four championship victory in Belfast.  and tallied a goal and an assist in Saturday's win at Canisius. Clarkson's top center at the faceoff circle, he has won 62% (172-104) of his draws. Sturm shares the Knights' plus/minus lead (+12).
• Rempal and Brosseau led the NCAA in most points combined by sophomore teammates (40), while Jacome and Dickinson led the nation in combined points by freshmam teammates (27).
• Clarkson has outscored opponents in every period with the largest margin being in the second period,  22-8.
• Clarkson is 9-0 when leading after the first period and 13-0 when holding the lead through 40 minutes. 
• The Knights are 13-0-1 when scoring more than one goal, and 12-0-1 when connecting for a power-play goal.
• Senior blueline partners and NHL Draft choices Terrance Amorosa and Kelly Summers are two of the top defensemen in the league.  Amorosa, a Philadelphia Flyers draft choice, is tied as Clarkson's third-leading scorer with 14 points (4-10) with all his goals coming on the power play.  An Ottawa Senators draft pick, Summers has two goals and 10 assists, including a pair of helpers in the win at Canisius. He leads the Knights in blocked shots with 27. 
• 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 two assists.
• Senior Brett Gervais serves as an assistant captain along with Devin Brosseau. Gervais also has five points on the year with two goals and three assists.
• Twenty 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 11 of the 17 games this season and are 10-1 when doing so.
• Clarkson is ranked third in both the and USA Today/USA Hockey magazine polls. The program's highest rankings since also being ranked third in the poll on March19, 2007.
• 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.
• Picked to finish fourth in ECAC Hockey this year by the league coaches, the Knights are 6-0-0 in the conference for the first time since the 1991-92 campaign. 
• 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.

Scouting St. Lawrence:
The opening half of the 2017-18 season has been a struggle for St. Lawrence as second-year head coach Mark Morris' team has had to deal with a rash of injuries that have kept the Saints undermanned throughout much of their first 14 games.  St. Lawrence enters the weekend with a 1-12-1 overall record and a 0-5-1 ECAC Hockey slate. The Saints, who have been off since the November 18 loss at Colgate, hope the two weeks rest will give them a full contingent of healthy players for the North Country series.
Jacob Pritchard paces the St. Lawrence offense with 11 points on six goals and five assists.  Arthur Brey has seen the bulk of the action in the Saints' goal, posting a .882 save percentage and a 4.16 goals against average.

In the overall series between the North Country rivals, which began in the 1925-26 campaign, the Golden Knights hold an overwhelming 123-71-11 lead. The rivalry was going the way of St. Lawrence recently with the Saints holding a 6-3-1 edge in the last 10 games, but the Green and Gold skated away with a 3-1 victory at Cheel in their last meeting on February 4 to snap a three-game skid to their rivals. St. Lawrence's last win was a 3-1 victory in Canton last December 10. Clarkson has won two straight in the series in Potsdam and is 23-8-2 against St. Lawrence all-time at Cheel. The Saints' last win in Potsdam was a 2-1 triumph on January 31, 2015. The Knights' last win at Appleton Arena was on December 6, 2014 (2-1).
Kelly Summers leads the Green and Gold offense against the Saints with three assists. Sophomore Nico Sturm has tallied two goals. Senior Nic Pierog is the only other Knight to have scored a goal in the series, and also adds one assist.
Jake Kielly posts a .938 save percentage, a 2.05 goals against average and a 1-1 record through his first two games against St. Lawrence.