Cap Carey is a sportswriter in the Canton bureau of the Watertown Daily Times. A native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., he's a graduate of the University of Arizona, in Tucson.
Cap worked for the Arizona Daily Star, in Tucson, while he was attending college and then spent two years working as a part-time sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times prior to his move back east in 1993. He also spent the fall of 1993 working for the Scranton (Penn.) Times-Tribune as a part-timer.
He has covered college hockey since his arrival at the Watertown Daily Times in late December of 1993. He has been the Clarkson University men's hockey beat writer since the 1996-97 season and also covers both the Clarkson and St. Lawrence University women's programs.
Cap was a member of the Hobey Baker Award voting committee for three years and also wrote a feature story for the ECAC Hockey Tournament's championship weekend program in the 2001-02 season.
By CAP CAREY
POTSDAM — In their opening game of the postseason the Clarkson University women’s hockey team looked very much like a defending national championship squad.
The Golden Knights dominated Dartmouth College right from the start in game one of an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series Friday night at Cheel Arena, routing the Big Green 6-0. Clarkson (23-9-3 overall), the No. 1 seed, can clinch the series with a win over No. 8 Dartmouth at 4 p.m. today in game two. If Dartmouth wins a deciding game would take place at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Clarkson scored two goals in the first period and outshot the Big Green 17-3.
Clarkson coach Matt Desrosiers
The momentum started for Clarkson when Dartmouth’s Brooke Ahbe was called for tripping just 4 minutes, 26 seconds into the game.
Clarkson responded with a power-play goal from Amanda Titus at 5:52 of the first period and Cayley Mercer added another goal just 74 seconds later to put the Golden Knights up 2-0.
Clarkson's first goal
Forward Cayley Mercer
A two-goal margin may not seem large, but Dartmouth (13-14-2) entered the game having gone 325 consecutive minutes without scoring a goal in Cheel Arena. The Big Green was swept by identical 2-0 scores in a quarterfinal series last year and Friday’s game marked the sixth straight time it had been shut out at Clarkson.
As good as Clarkson was on offense in the first period, the Golden Knights kept pouring it on in the second, adding three more goals to turn the game into a rout.
Defenseman Danielle Matteucci, a senior, started the outburst with her first career postseason goal at 4:57 of the second period. Freshman Brielle Bellerive scored a power-play goal at 9:15 and sophomore Genevieve Bannon added another goal at 17:34.
Defenseman Danielle Matteucci
Clarkson kept producing shots throughout the game, finishing with a 49-21 edge on the Big Green.
Junior Cayley Mercer ended the scoring by picking up her second goal of the game, and 22nd of the season, with just 16 seconds remaining.
If the Big Green hopes to advance to the ECAC Hockey semifinals next Saturday it will have to find a way to win two straight games against the defending national champions in their own building.
“I think Clarkson played really well tonight,” Dartmouth coach Mark Hudak said. “They were hungry and moved the puck well and they were attacking us all over the ice. I don’t think we played a real great game. I’m more surprised by the way we came out and played. We were very undisciplined at times. Against a good team like that, if you do those things, you are going to get caught.”
Clarkson is not only playing to advance to the semifinals, but the Golden Knights also would host the championship event for a second-straight year next weekend if they win this series.
By CAP CAREY
POTSDAM — Two weeks ago the Clarkson University men’s hockey team was part of a four-way tie for third place in the ECAC Hockey standings and was hoping to position itself for not just a home playoff series, but a first-round bye.
But four losses later the Golden Knights (11-17-4 overall, 8-10-2 conference) have had to adjust their goals heading into the final weekend of the regular season at Rensselaer (9-23-2, 7-12-1) and Union (14-16-2, 6-13-1).
Clarkson can no longer finish in the top four, in fact the best the Golden Knights can finish is in sixth place.
The immediate goal now is to remain in the top eight so Clarkson can host a first-round playoff series next weekend at Cheel Arena.
Clarkson can achieve that goal tonight with a win or tie in a 7 p.m. game against RPI at the Houston Field House in Troy. Clarkson leads the Engineers by three points for the last home spot. Should Clarkson lose tonight it can still retain home ice by defeating Union on Saturday or if St. Lawrence University defeats the Engineers Saturday.
Clarkson lost 4-1 to Union on Feb. 6 at Cheel Arena but defeated RPI 5-2 the following night, which was the last win for the Golden Knights.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
Last year Clarkson played Princeton in the final game of the regular season at Cheel Arena and five days later the Tigers were back in the building for a best-of-three playoff series, which Clarkson took two games to one.
The same type scenario could happen this weekend as the odds are good that when Clarkson participates in the ECAC Hockey playoffs next weekend, wherever they may be, they could be playing either RPI or Union, this weekend’s opponents.
Clarkson captain Paul Geiger
There is no place the Clarkson University men’s hockey team has struggled more over the last decade than Messa Rink, the home of the defending national champion Dutchmen.
The last time Clarkson won a game in the facility was the third game of a first-round playoff series in 2005, when a Shawn Weller goal gave Clarkson a 4-3 overtime victory.
Since that contest the Golden Knights have gone 0-10-1 in the building and been outscored 57-15 in those games. Clarkson picked up a 3-3 tie in 2008, but the Golden Knights have been defeated by five goals or more five times among the last 11 games.
Union could be ripe to see its streak end this year, however, as the Dutchmen have struggled this season.
Clarkson forward Joe Zarbo
By CAP CAREY
POTSDAM — The Clarkson University men’s hockey team lost a fourth straight game on Saturday, but enter the final weekend of the ECAC Hockey season still looking good to host a first-round playoff series.
Harvard scored two goals in the first 6 minutes, 13 seconds and went on to defeat the Golden Knights 3-2 in the regular-season finale at Cheel Arena before 2,533 fans.
Clarkson (11-17-4 overall, 8-10-2) remains in eighth place in the ECAC Hockey standings, which is the final spot to host a playoff series. The Golden Knights lead Rensselaer by three points and face the Engineers in Troy at 7 p.m. Friday. A tie or win would clinch home ice for Clarkson and Clarkson also can clinch home ice if SLU beats or ties the Engineers the following night.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
It only took Harvard (14-9-3, 10-7-3) 2:55 to pick up the first goal of the contest, which came on a shot from Seb Lloyd with assists going to Tyler Moore and Victor Newell.
Clarkon’s Perry D’Arrisso was called for tripping at 4:41 of the opening period and the Crimson capitalized with a power-play goal from defenseman Max Everson at 6:13, to take a 2-0 lead.
Harvard coach Ted Donato
The Golden Knights got back into the game at 11:55 of the opening period when A.J. Fossen scored off a pass from Troy Josephs, beating Harvard goalie Steve Michalek high over the stick side, for his second goal of the weekend.
Clarkson had a chance to possibly keep the momentum and tie the game in the first period when Harvard’s Everson was called for interference at 14:05, but 34 seconds into the power play Clarkson was called for having too many men on the ice.
Harvard regained the two-goal lead at 4:41 of the second period when Jimmy Vesey stole a pass near his own blue line and skated in alone, scoring his 20th goal of the season on the breakaway against Clarkson’s Steve Perry, who was making his first appearance since being injured against Colgate on Jan. 9.
Harvard's Jimmy Vesey
Clarkson controlled play in the third period, outshooting the Crimson 13-3 and finishing with a 35-21 advantage for the game. The Golden Knights cut the lead to 3-2 when Fossen scored his second goal of the game at 11:34 after receiving a nice pass from defenseman Terrance Amorosa.
Clarkson's A.J. Fossen
By CAP CAREY
POTSDAM — It was a tough loss for the Clarkson University men’s hockey team Friday night as Dartmouth College scored 66 seconds into overtime to earn a 3-2 win before 2,350 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena.
Clarkson (11-16-4 overall, 8-9-2 conference) lost its third-straight game, this time after rallying from a two-goal deficit.
The winning goal for Dartmouth (13-9-4, 10-7-2) came on the only shot of overtime, as Brandon McNally sent a nice pass to Eric Neiley who beat Clarkson goalie Greg Lewis with a quick shot to end the contest.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
The Golden Knights did not lose any ground in the standings with the loss. Clarkson entered the game as the eighth seed, which is the final home-ice position, and remained so after the game. The loss did narrow Clarkson’s lead over ninth-place Rensselaer to just three points with three games to play.
The game began with a sluggish first period which saw neither team really get much offense going. Dartmouth held an 8-4 lead in shots, but most of the shots came in the final five minutes.
Dartmouth had one solid scoring chance in the opening period but a shot from Nick Bligh went off the leg pad of Lewis at 15 minutes, 22 seconds of the period.
The Big Green scored the first goal of the game at 9:49 of the second period after Carl Hesler snuck a puck past Lewis during a scramble in front of the net. The play had to be reviewed on video before the goal was credited.
Dartmouth coach Bob Gaudet
Dartmouth upped the lead to 2-0 on a slap shot from the circle by Jesse Beamish at 16:29 of the second period.
Dartmouth captain Tyler Sakura
Clarkson finally got some offense going late in the third period after Dartmouth’s Tim Shoup was called for cross-checking at 17:54. Freshman defenseman Kelly Summers scored on a shot from deep in the circle at 18:24 to cut the lead to 2-1 after two.
The Golden Knights tied the game on another power-play goal after another penalty by Shoup, who was called for hooking at 7:22 of the third period. The tying goal came from sophomore forward A.J. Fossen, for his second of the season.
Clarkson defenseman James de Haas
NOTES: Friday’s win was the 350th in the 27-year career of Dartmouth’s coach, Gaudet. He won 93 games at Brown and the last 257 have come at Dartmouth. ... Former Clarkson player Jack Graves, a defenseman on Clarkson’s 1962 NCAA finalist squad, attended Friday’s game. Clarkson lost 7-1 to Michigan Tech in the national championship game in his senior season at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. ... Clarkson plays its final home regular-season game at 7 p.m. tonight against Harvard and seniors James Howden and Joe Zarbo will be honored after the game.