Knights Top Yale For 4 Point Weekend
Clarkson overcame a slow start with a timely first-period goal, a power-play marker and a dominant final twenty minutes to finish off a four-point ECAC Hockey weekend on the road by downing Yale 4-1 at Ingalls Rink in New Haven, CT on Saturday night. Ranked 8/9th in the national polls, the Golden Knights, who defeated Brown 2-1 in overtime last night in Providence, have won seven of their last eight games. Clarkson takes a 10-3-1 overall record and a 5-1 ECAC Hockey mark into the Thanksgiving Holiday break. The Green and Gold return to action on December 7 when they host St. Lawrence in conference play at Cheel Arena. Junior center Zach Tsekos (Montreal, QUE) led the way against Yale (2-6, 2-6) with two goals and one assist. Clarkson's Captain, graduate student, Devin Brosseau (St. Lambert, QUE) and junior defenseman Connor McCarthy (LaSalle, QUE) both tallied once. Senior Haralds Egle (Liepaja, Latvia) recorded two assists. The Knights outshot Yale 35-28. Frank Marotte, Clarkson's graduate transfer in net, made 27 saves for his nation-leading 10th win of the season. Both teams had five power plays with Clarkson connecting once on the man-advantage. The Bulldogs opened the scoring early when Chandler Lindstrand one-timed a pass past Marotte at 3:16 of the first period with the goaltender pulled due to a delayed penalty against the Knights. That lead didn't last long as Brosseau wristed home a pass from sophomore defenseman Brian Hurley (Dellwood, MN) at 6:34. The score was the 6th of the campaign for Brosseau. Egle picked up the secondary assist. Clarkson's highly-rated penalty kill was a factor in the open twenty minutes as the Green and Gold killed off three Eli power plays. Shots at the end of one period of play were Yale 15, Clarkson 10. As much as penalty killing was a factor in the first period, the power play got things going in the second stanza. After a holding call to Yale, Clarkson was able to set up in the offensive zone and got the puck going around the perimeter. McCarthy positioned himself at the top of the left circle and one-timed a pass from Egle past the Yale goalie, Nicholas McNabb. The goal was McCarthy's second of the season – both coming on the power play. Another power play would produce some good scoring chances, but McNabb made a couple of strong saves to keep the tally 2-1 in favor of the Green and Gold at the second intermission. The third fame belonged to Clarkson from the opening puck drop. Multiple scoring chances on the first shift led to momentum that culminated in a Clarkson goal. Sophomore Anthony Callin (Middleton, WI) drove the right wing and put a shot on net from the circle. Tsekos went hard to the net and the rebound of Callin's shot hit Tsekos and rolled past McNabb. The goal stood after video review. Junior Jack Jacome (Caledon, ONT) picked up the secondary assist. Clarkson was not able to take advantage of a five minute major to the Bulldogs and Yale pressed to try and come back – pulling McNabb with less than four minutes left.
DEPLETED CU LADIES TIE
In the second game of a long weekend road trip, the Clarkson University Women's Hockey team, playing with a depleted lineup due to injuries, was able to come away with a point in ECAC Hockey action after skating to a 2-2 tie with Quinnipiac in Hamden, CT on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Knights, who fell 2-1 at Princeton on Friday, came into the weekend with just nine forwards able to play and were also missing the services of their captain, all-star defenseman Ella Shelton (Ingersoll, ONT). Ranked fifth in the national polls, Clarkson stands at 10-2-4 overall and 3-1-2 in ECAC Hockey play. The Green and Gold will be in action at the Windjammer Tournament this coming weekend in Burlington, VT. Clarkson extended its unbeaten streak over Quinnipiac to six games (4-0-2), but the Knights had their chances to skate away with a win. After a scoreless first period, Clarkson jumped out to a 2-0 lead late in the middle frame. One of the top players in the country, Elizabeth Giguere (Quebec City, QUE) extended her point streak to nine games, connecting on the power play at 4:14. Senior Kayla Friesen (Winnipeg, MAN) fed a pass to Giguere at the left post where the junior right wing tapped in her 15th goal of the season. Freshman left wing Gabrielle David (Drummondville, QUE) also set up the power-play score for her 16th assist of the season. Senior center Michaela Pejzlova (Pardubice, Czech Rep) made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal during a 4-on-4 situation, lifting in a loose puck in the slot at 15:56 for her sixth goal of the year. With the second period winding down, the Bobcats got on the scoreboard with a goal by Lexie Adzija at 19:05. Quinnipiac scored again early in the third period with Kate Reilly making it a 2-2 game just 24 seconds in. Clarkson outshot the Bobcats 28-25, including a 13-2 margin through the opening 20 minutes. Quinnipiac, however had the better of the play over the next 40 minutes with a 22-13 advantage in shots. The Knights outshot the Bobcats 2-1 in the five minute overtime session. Sophomore Marie-Pier Coulombe (Carignan, QUE) finished with 23 saves. Both teams had two power plays with Clarkson scoring once on the man-advantage.