Clarkson Skaters Blanks No. 6 Wisconsin
Clarkson went into the Kohl Center in Madison, WI, and got another exceptional goaltending effort by Frank Marotte and the best forty minutes of the season in the last two periods en route to an impressive road win, a 4-0 victory over 6th-ranked Wisconsin before 7.811 fans on Friday night.
Ranked 12/13th in the national polls, Clarkson will face off against the Badgers again on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. (CT). The Green and Gold stand at 3-1-1 and are 2-0-1 against Big10 foes having tied (1-1) and defeating (3-1) Michigan in Ann Arbor two weeks ago.
Postgame Audio Head Coach Casey Jones
Marotte posted 38 saves, including 16 in the third period, in blanking the top offensive team in the country on its home ice for his first shutout at Clarkson. The graduate transfer from Robert Morris posted eight shutouts in his three seasons with the Colonials.
Junior Jack Jacome (Caledon, ONT), graduate student, Captain Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE), senior Haralds Egle (Liepaja, Latvia) and sophomore Assistant Captain Josh Dunne (O'Fallon, MO) scored goals in the Knights' balanced offensive effort.
Wisconsin (3-2), which was coming off a series sweep of defending national Champion Minnesota Duluth (6-2, 3-1) last weekend at the Kohl Center, was averaging 5.75 goals per game entering the night. The Badgers also boasted the third-best power play in the nation, but Clarkson's penalty kill shut down the home team on all seven of its man-advantage chances.
Clarkson has won five of the last six meetings against the Badgers to even the series 5-5-2.
Wisconsin had the better of the play early, dominating the faceoff circle and outshooting Clarkson 11-6. However, Marotte stood strong making two point-blank saves late in the stanza keeping the Badgers off the scoreboard.
The Green and Gold would take advantage of that goaltending with a timely goal. Egle was able to skate a puck through center up the left wing, gaining valuable time and space. As he worked his way into the Wisconsin end, Jacome sprinted to the net. Jacome found an opening in between the faceoff circles and Egle lofted a pass right onto his linemate's stick. The junior forward moved forehand to backhand and put the puck under the crossbar for a 1-0 Golden Knight lead at 10:32.
Clarkson found its' game in the second stanza gaining traction at the faceoff dot and using transition to generate scoring chances.
Midway through the period, Brosseau intercepted a pass, split the Wisconsin defense and scored on a breakaway to give the Green and Goal a 2-0 lead at 10:14. The Clarkson penalty-killing unit held the Badgers off the scoresheet on three second-period power plays, including a wild scramble around Marotte late in the stanza.
That two-goal advantage was carried into the final period and would be expanded upon. Again, the transition game allow Clarkson to capitalize on a scoring chance. Sophomore Brian Hurley (Dellwood, MN) stepped up from his defensive position, skated through center and was able to find Brosseau in the left wing circle. Brosseau went back to Hurley in the corner and Hurley found Dunne out front. Dunne tapped a pass over to Egle who was open on the back post for the score at 5:15 to make it 3-0.
The lead would increase to 4-0 when Dunne completed a four-way passing play with a shot just under the crossbar for an extra attacker tally at 11:23. With Marotte off to the bench on a delayed penalty call, Clarkson was able to gain the offensive zone and work the puck across the Badger defense twice. First when senior defenseman Shane Kuzmeski (Grayslake, IL) went from left point to right circle for Brosseau. Brosseau passed back across to the left side for Dunne who rifled the puck into the net for the final goal of the contest.
The victory was the 45th in the last 50 games that the Golden Knights went to victory when leading after two periods of play.