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
CANTON — Goals haven’t exactly come in bunches for the Clarkson University men’s hockey team this season, but the Golden Knights have shown a knack for getting them when most needed.
Saturday night’s ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena was an example as Clarkson (6-7-4 overall, 4-1-2 conference) used a timely goal to get back in the game and wound up producing a 2-1 win before a sellout crowd of 2,391.
The Golden Knights, who entered the game averaging only 1.81 goals a game, fell behind 1-0 when SLU’s Tommy Thompson scored at 4 minutes, 1 second of the second period.
SLU (8-6-1 4-3) did not get to enjoy the lead very long as Clarkson tied the game just 1:24 later on a shot from inside the blue line by defenseman James de Haas.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
It was not the first time that the Golden Knights have quieted an Appleton Arena crowd this season shortly after a Saints goal.
When the teams met in a nonconference game on Oct. 31, SLU took a 1-0 lead at 16:33 of the second period on a shot from Brian Ward, only to see Clarkson answer 25 seconds later with a goal from Jeff DiNallo.
Saints coach Greg Carvel
In both games the Golden Knights would go on to add a second goal before the second period ended to take a lead, with Saturday’s score coming from sophomore Jordan Boucher on an assist from DiNallo at 13:42.
Clarkson forward Jeff DiNallo
THE STREAK CONTINUES
SLU hasn’t won a game against Clarkson in Appleton Arena since the deciding game of an ECAC Hockey first-round playoff series in March 2010.
The Golden Knights improved to 5-0-1 in the building since that game with Saturday’s win.
Clarkson defenseman James Howden
The win also extended another streak for Clarkson against their rivals as the Golden Knights improved to 8-0-1 in their last nine ECAC Hockey games against the Saints.
Clarkson freshman forward Dylan Gareau returned to the lineup Saturday after missing six games with an upper-body injury.
Gareau, who was not chosen to play in four of the first five games of the season, scored two goals in a game against Bowling Green on Oct. 25 and played in the next four games before being injured against Brown.
FAN DIES AT GAME
A fan in Appleton Arena collapsed while the national anthems were being sung before the game and passed away from a heart attack a short time later. The name of the man, who was reported to be in his late 50’s or early 60’s, was not known yet when the game had ended.
An SLU team that averages 3.27 goals-per-game had a hard time producing goals in Saturday’s contest as the Golden Knights held SLU to one goal and only 22 shots. The Saints also went scoreless on five power-play opportunities.
Clarkson goalie Steve Perry, who is 2-0-1 in his career in Appleton Arena, had a .954 save percentage in the contest.
Clarkson (5-7-4 overall, 3-1-2 ECAC Hockey) plays its last conference game in the 2014 portion of the schedule this Saturday as it makes the 10-minute drive to Canton to play St. Lawrence University (8-5-1, 4-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday night in Appleton Arena.
The Golden Knights have not lost a game in Appleton Arena since game three of a 2010 ECAC Hockey first-round series.
Clarkson tied the Saints 2-2 in Appleton Arena on Oct. 31 in a nonconference game and then lost 4-0 to SLU the following night at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights lead the all-time series with SLU 120-66-11 and coach Casey Jones is 6-2-2 against the Saints.
This weeks' interviews feature Jones, sophomore goalie Steve Perry, who has a .918 save percentage against the Saints, junior forward Jeff DiNallo, who has four goals and two assists against SLU in seven games, and freshman defenseman Kelly Summers, who picked up an assist in the Oct. 31 game in Appleton.
Not featured this week, but noteworthy, is senior Joe Zarbo, who has scored a goal in all four games he's played in Appleton Arena during his career and has four goals and four assists in 10 career games against SLU.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
By CAP CAREY
POTSDAM — A dominant showing by the Clarkson University men’s hockey team Saturday night led to a 4-0 win over Princeton before 2,790 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena.
Clarkson (5-5-4 overall, 3-1-2 conference) swept its first home conference weekend of the year after outshooting the Tigers 31-23.
The Golden Knights gave former Clarkson assistant Ron Fogarty, who is in his first season as Princeton’s coach, a rough homecoming, using a three-goal outburst in the second period to pull away from the Tigers (1-6-1, 1-5).
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
After defeating No. 14 Quinnipiac 2-1 on Friday, Clarkson took the lead for good against the Tigers late in the first period when freshman Ben Dalpe scored his first career goal at 16 minutes, 35 seconds, with assists going to Troy Josephs and Christian Powers.
Dalpe’s goal came in front of his older brother Zac, a former Ohio State player who has played with the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks in the National Hockey League.
Clarkson tightened up on defense after giving up 10 shots in the first period, holding the Tigers to only six in the second.
The Golden Knights extended their lead to 2-0 at 1:38 of the period with a power-play goal from Jordan Boucher, his second of the weekend. Boucher collided into Princeton goalie Colton Phinney after the shot had crossed the line, so the play had to be reviewed on video before the goal was credited. Pat Megannety and Paul Geiger assisted on the play.
About seven minutes later Clarkson put the game away with two goals in 48 seconds.
Defenseman James Howden, who also scored Friday, picked up the first goal for the Golden Knights at 8:02, with Boucher and Dalpe assisting.
Just 48 seconds after that goal Joe Zarbo produced another goal to finish the scoring, with Jeff DiNallo and Terrance Amorosa assisting. It was the first career point for Amorosa.
Neither team scored in the third period, but Clarkson got outshot 7-5 largely due to taking six penalties in the final period, which was out of character for a team which has been among the nation’s least-penalized teams this season.
The big penalties came at 12:17 of the final period after Princeton took offense to a Megannety shot after the whistle, resulting in several scrums. Princeton’s Ryan Berlin and Joe Grabowski were given game misconducts after facemasking calls and Clarkson’s James Howden also got a game misconduct for a facemasking call.
Princeton’s Tucker Brockett and Clarkson’s A.J. Fossen picked up misconducts for unsportsmanlike conduct at 18:51.
Clarkson captain Paul Geiger
Fogarty, who coached at Clarkson from 1999-2002 under Mark Morris, saw his team get shut out in both games this weekend in his return to the north country.
Princeton coach Ron Fogarty
By CAP CAREY
POTSDAM — Clarkson’s first official home win of the season, a 2-1 victory over Quinnipiac, was earned the hard way before 2,111 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena Friday night.
The Golden Knights (4-5-4 overall, 2-1-2 conference) upset 14th-ranked Quinnipiac only after surviving the last 3 minutes, 1 second of the game, which saw them play either two or three-people down in that stretch.
Clarkson played solid defense all night and led Quinnipiac 2-1 in the home conference opener when defenseman James Howden was called for boarding with 3:01 remaining.
Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold pulled goalie Michael Garteig immediately for an extra attacker. With 58 seconds still to go in Howden’s penalty Clarkson’s Paul Geiger was called for slashing, giving Quinnipiac a three-man advantage for nearly a minute, while still playing with an empty net.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
But Clarkson survived the penalties against a team that entered the game scoring on 30.4 percent of its power-play chances, thanks to two saves from goalie Steve Perry and some solid play from freshman center Brett Gervais.
Gervais won four of five faceoffs during the last 3:01 of the game and he made a critical block on a shot by Soren Jonzzon with 33 seconds left in the game to help preserve the win.
End of Game
Clarkson’s victory over the Bobcats (7-3-1, 4-1) snapped a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2) against Quinnipiac. The last Clarkson victory over the Bobcats was a 5-3 decision on Dec. 4, 2010 in Hamden, Conn.
Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold
Prior to Friday’s game Clarkson had gone 0-3-1 in its home games this season, but Jones said he wanted his team to establish itself at home after starting conference play by picking up four out of a possible eight points in games against Yale, Brown, Cornell and Colgate.
The Golden Knights took a lead just 5:32 into the game when Howden scored on a shot from just inside the blue line, with Christian Powers picking up an assist.
Clarkson controlled a Bobcat offense which entered the game averaging 3.2 goals and 33 shots a game. Quinnipiac only had four shots in the first period, eight in the second and five in the third, with two of those five coming in the final three minutes.
A Clarkson mistake on a line change helped Quinnipiac score its only goal of the game on a shot from Jonzzon at 10:19 of the second period.
Clarkson regained the lead for good at 18:10 of the second period when Jordan Boucher scored with one second left in a power play. Prior to Boucher’s goal Clarkson had been 2 for 35 on power-play chances. James de Haas assisted on the play.