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RPI Wins Game One (video)

First published: March 06, 2015 at 10:23 pm
Last modified: March 06, 2015 at 10:31 pm

Massena native Mark Miller scored the go-ahead goal 85 seconds into the third period to give Rensselaer a 3-2 win over Clarkson in game one of a best-of-three ECAC Hockey first round men's hockey playoff series at Cheel Arena Friday night.

Mark Miller

Clarkson finds itself in the same position as a year ago when it fell in overtime to Princeton in game one at Cheel Arena and rallied to win the next two games to advance to the quarterfinals.

Clarkson coach Casey Jones


RPI coach Seth Appert

RPI's top offensive player Friday night was Milos Bubela, who scored the first and third goals for the Engineers.

Milos Bubela

Clarkson's top line was the Pat Megannety, Brett Gervais and Joe Zarbo line, which produced both goals for the Golden Knights. Megannety scored Clarkson's first goal and Gervais scored with 10.7 seconds left in the game.

Pat Megannety


Clarkson Video Report (March 5)

First published: March 05, 2015 at 9:25 pm
Last modified: March 05, 2015 at 9:30 pm

For the second time in the last four years Clarkson will be hosting Rensselaer in a first-round ECAC Hockey playoff series.

The Golden Knights (11-18-5 overall, 8-11-3 ECAC Hockey) earned the No. 8 seed in the playoffs after picking up a 3-3 tie at No. 9 RPI last Friday night. 

The Engineers (10-23-3, 8-12-2) defeated Clarkson in three games in a first-round series in 2012 at Cheel Arena.

This week's interviews are with Clarkson head coach Casey Jones, senior defenseman James Howden, an assistant captain who scored the goal that earned Clarkson home ice, and junior assistant captain Jeff DiNallo.

Casey Jones

James Howden

Jeff DiNallo


Clarkson Women Sweep Dartmouth (video)

First published: February 28, 2015 at 9:32 pm
Last modified: February 28, 2015 at 9:38 pm

POTSDAM — It was a bit tougher Saturday but the Clarkson University women’s hockey team turned in another dominant performance to defeat Dartmouth College 4-1 and sweep an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights (24-9-3 overall), who won the ECAC Hockey regular-season title for a second straight year, will host the league’s championship event this weekend, facing Cornell in semifinal at 1 p.m. Saturday. Harvard will meet Quinnipiac in the second semifinal at 4 p.m. and the championship game will begin at 2 p.m. next Sunday.
Clarkson didn’t score early like it did in a 6-0 win Friday, but the Golden Knights still controlled the Big Green for most of the game, finishing with a 55-27 advantage in shots.

Clarkson coach Matt Desrosiers

 The first goal of the game came late in the second period as freshman Amanda Titus scored a power-play goal at 16 minutes, 21 seconds, two seconds after a Clarkson power-play had ended.

Titus goal


 Amanda Titus

 Junior defenseman Renata Fast put in a backhander during another power play to make it 2-0 at 5:52 of the third period. There was a long video review before Fast’s goal was credited.

Clarkson assistant captain Olivia Howe

 Clarkson made it 3-0 on a nice play by Christine Lambert, who took a shot between her own legs that also went between the legs of Dartmouth goalie Robyn Chemago during a power play at 10:16 of the third period.

Clarkson captain Shannon MacAulay

 The Big Green (13-15-2) started to get frustrated after falling behind by more goals and wound up giving Clarkson three power-play chances in the third period.

Cayley Mercer scored her third goal of the series at 12:57 to extend the Golden Knights lead to 4-0.
Dartmouth finally got a shot past Clarkson freshman goalie Shea Tiley at 16:04 of the third period with a goal from Karlee Odland. It was the first goal in Cheel Arena for the Big Green since 2011, ending a scoreless streak of 441 minutes, 5 seconds.
“I thought we competed better today,” Dartmouth coach Mark Hudak said. “In the third period we took a couple undisciplined penalties. The kids got frustrated. That’s certainly one of the differences out there. Clarkson is a good team. We got them to bend a little bit, but we couldn’t get them to break.”
Earlier in the third period, when it was still 1-0, Tiley stopped a breakaway attempt by Odland with her leg pad. She finished with 47 saves on 48 shots in the series.

Shea Tiley

 The Golden Knights now face fourth-seeded Cornell in a semifinal. The Big Red upset Clarkson 1-0 at Cheel Arena last year in the championship game and earlier this season routed the Golden Knights 8-3 at Cheel Arena. Clarkson skated to a 1-1 tie with Cornell in Lynah Rink.


Clarkson Women Take Game One (video)

First published: February 27, 2015 at 10:37 pm
Last modified: February 27, 2015 at 10:42 pm

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.


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