Clarkson Celebrates Best Season in 10 years at Knight Club Awards Banquet

photo (l-r): Brett Gervais, Casey Jones, Tyko Karjalainen, Dylan Gareau, Kelly Summers, Terrance Amorosa, Nic Pierog, Ben Dalpe
photo (l-r): Brett Gervais, Casey Jones, Tyko Karjalainen, Dylan Gareau, Kelly Summers, Terrance Amorosa, Nic Pierog, Ben Dalpe

The best season in 10 years for the Clarkson University Men's Hockey team was celebrated on Saturday, April 14 at the annual Knight Club Hockey Awards Banquet. Family, friends, and booster club members paid tribute to the 2017-18 Golden Knights and honored the seven seniors in the Class of 2018.

The Golden Knights' Class of 2018 – Terrance AmorosaBen DalpeDylan GareauBrett GervaisTyko KarjalainenNic Pierog and Kelly Summers - helped Clarkson compile 73 victories, skated to three winning seasons, including two 20-win campaigns, played in four consecutive ECAC Hockey playoff series at Cheel Arena, winning four postseason match-ups before the home crowd.


The Class of 2018 closed out their collegiate careers by leading the Green and Gold to the 73rd winning season in the program's 96-year history and Clarkson's best season in 10 years with a 23-11-6 overall record and a third-place finish in the ECAC Hockey standings with a 12-5-5 league mark. The Knights, who ranked among the top 20 programs in the national polls throughout the majority of the season, finishing 12th in the final and USA Today/U.S. Hockey Magazine polls, advanced to the ECAC Hockey Tournament Championship game in Lake Placid and made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2008. Behind the seniors' leadership, Clarkson posted the second-longest winning streak in program history with 14 consecutive victories from November 3 through January 13 and became the first ECAC Hockey team to win the Friendship Four in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Ten awards were recognized at the banquet. Headlining the list of recipients was Jake Kielly, who was named the recipient of the Bill Harrison Clarkson Most Valuable Player in honor of the successful Clarkson coach of the late 1940s and 1950s.

A sophomore, goaltender, Kielly backstopped the Golden Knights to one of the best records in the country. The Eden Prairie, Minn. native was a Mike Richter Award Finalist and a finalist for ECAC Hockey's Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year. A Third-Team ECAC All-Star, Kielly tied for second in the nation for shutouts with eight, breaking the previous Clarkson mark of seven set by Wayne Gibbons in 1961-62. He played more minutes than any other conference goaltender both overall (2,336:59) and in league and posted the fourth-best goals against average (1.82) in Division I, the seventh-rated save percentage (.929) and tied for the seventh most wins in the country (22).

Pierog was honored with the Mike Morrison Dedication Award for teamwork, hustle and dedication. The award was named in honor of the former Clarkson captain who died in a work accident on July 27, 1989. A senior forward from Georgetown, Ont. Pierog served as the Knights' captain. He recorded 14 points on five goals and nine assists through 38 games.  After wearing #20 through his first three years, he wore the #6 this season, becoming the first Golden Knight to honor this jersey since Morrison in 1988-89. Pierog completed his undergraduate degree in three years at Clarkson in finance in May 2017 and is working towards his MBA. Pierog Headed up Clarkson Hockey's Headway Foundation efforts for concussion awareness the past two seasons.

Kelly Summers was the recipient of the Clarkson Ironman Award, presented to the team member who most demonstrated the will and determination to overcome his injuries and contribute to the team. A native of Golden Lake, Ont., the senior defenseman battled through injuries to make a substantial contribution to the Knights' success this winter. Summers, an Ottawa Senators draft choice, earned All-American (2nd Team), First-Team ECAC Hockey All-Star and was a finalist for the league's Best Defensive Defenseman award. He was also named to ECAC Hockey Championship All-Tournament team. Summers teamed up with Amorosa to provide Clarkson with one of the best blueline pairings in the country, leading the Green and Gold to the second-ranked defense in the nation, allowing only 1.88 goals per game. Summers was ECAC's second-leading scorer from the blueline and the Knights' fourth leading scorer with 30 points on six goals and 24 assists and was Clarkson leader in block shots (55).

Marly Quince was presented with the Richmond Unsung Hero Award. Named in honor of loyal Clarkson followers Ernie and Connie Richmond, the Richmond award is presented to a Golden Knight who has shown improvement in his playing ability and displayed team leadership. A junior forward, Quince skated in 36 games, recording five goals and six assists. The Sioux Lookout, Ont. native was a top center for the Green and Gold winning 58.1% of his draws (118-85).

Gervais was honored with the Fran Neragin Award. Named in honor of the loyal Clarkson hockey booster who passed away in 1984, the Neragin Award is presented to a player who displays unselfish play and sportsmanship both on and off the ice. An assistant captain, Gervais, a senior center from Corona, Calf. was a key player at the face off circle, winning 53% of his draws (266-236). He played in all 40 games, recording two goals, five assists, and 35 blocked shots.

Jack Jacome was selected as the Knights' Rookie of the Year. The native of Caledon. Ont. emerged as one of the top rookie forwards in the nation. He was the Golden Knights' fifth-leading scorer with 29 points on eight goals and 21 assists for the most points by a Clarkson freshman since 2000-01. Jacome, a right wing was a finalist for ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year and a conference  All-Rookie Team selection.

Sophomore Nico Sturm, a native of Augsburg, Germany, was named Clarkson's Best Defensive Player. Named ECAC Hockey's Best Defensive Forward and a third-team conference all-star, Sturm was the top player in the country at the face off circle, winning 61.7% (433-275) of his draws. He was Clarkson's second-leading scorer with 37 points on 14 goals and 23 assists and ranked second on team with +20 plus/minus rating. Sturm played a leading role on the Knights' specialty teams, which were rated in the top six in the country in combined play (54.4%). He scored five power-play goals, two shorthanded markers and three game-winners and posted 23 blocked shots.

Sophomore forward Sheldon Rempal was selected as the recipient of the North Country Award, presented to the Golden Knight who distinguished himself during the season series against archrival St. Lawrence. The Calgary, Alberta native helped the Green and Gold sweep the Saints this winter with three goals in two games. He scored twice in the 3-1 victory at Cheel Arena on December 8 and followed with a highlight-reel goal in the 4-2 win in Canton the next night. Rempal was Clarkson's leading scorer with 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 points in 39 games this season.

Clarkson Scholar-Athletes: Casey JonesDevin Brosseau (Sophomore), Aaron Thow (Junior), Gasper Sekelj, Tyko Karjalainen (Senior & Clarkson Scholar Athlete of the Year).

Karjalainen was honored as Clarkson's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. An exceptional student-athlete who competed at a high level for the Golden Knights while studying in the University's rigorous Finance program, the four-year veteran defenseman compiled a 3.842 grade point average. The Helsinki, Finland native earned Clarkson Hockey's Junior Academic Achievement Award last season and is a three-time selection to ECAC Hockey's All-Academic team. Karjalainen enjoyed his best season at Clarkson this winter, skating in 30 games and recording 10 points on two goals and eight assists.