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Clarkson Opens ECAC Season, New Year With Win

Clarkson had to wait to open ECAC play due to the COVID Pandemic and then had to wait a bit longer due to mechanical problems with the Zamboni at Colgate. The original 5 pm start time was delayed until 6:48 as the teams waited for a replacement Zamboni from Hamilton College. Despite the wait the Clarkson took the league opener over Colgate 6-1 behind a 3 point night for Zach Tsekos, a goal and assist from Jack Jacome, and the 35 save effort from Ethan Haider. The Knights came out with aggressive puck pressure that caused several Colgate turnovers in there own zone. The pressure paid off with a goal from Jack Jacome at the 13:39 mark of the first period. Not on the score sheet but a big part of the goal was the screen in front from Josh Dunne. Anthony Callin and Alex Campbell were credited with the assists. The freshman netminder, Ethan Haider, got his second straight start, made 11 saves in the first period and then Knights lead 1-0. Clarkson went up 2-0 at the 7:10 of the second period when Connor McCarthy scored on the power play, from Zach Tsekos and Jack Jacome. Colgate pulled within 1 when Alex Young ripped a shot just under the cross bar. Colgate had good stretches of pressure but after a big PK, the Knights struck for the second time on the man advantage when Zach Tsekos's point shot was tipped high in the air and floated over the Colgate netminder, who never saw the shot. The third period's only goal came from Nick Campoli who went cross bar down at the 13:54 mark of the period to put the Knights up 4-1. Tsekos got the assist on that goal for his 3rd point of the evening. The Knights went 2 for 4 on the power play and killed off all 5 of Colgate's chances on the man advantage.

Photos By Justin Wolford Colgate Athletics

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