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 — Nothing went right for the Clarkson University men’s hockey team in its home opener as the Golden Knights fell 3-0 to the University of Vermont before 2,650 fans in a nonconference game at Cheel Arena Saturday.
Not only was Clarkson (2-2 overall) shut out at home, the Golden Knights were swept in a home-and-home series by the Catamounts of Hockey East. To add to Clarkson’s bad luck, the arena Zamboni broke after the second period and the game was delayed about a half hour while the Zamboni from the nearby Pine Street Arena made the trek down the street to Cheel Arena.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
Vermont edged the Golden Knights 2-1 Friday night in Burlington, Vt., and the Catamounts played even better on defense in Saturday’s game.
Mario Puskarich gave Vermont a 1-0 lead 8 minutes, 6 seconds into the contest when he scored on a shot from the circle. Alexx Privitera and Mike Paliotta assisted on the play.
The Catamounts extended the lead to 2-0 later in the first period on a goal from Kevin Irwin, with Colin Markison and Mike Stenerson assisting.
Vermont coach Kevin Sneddon
Clarkson’s night may have been summed up early in the third period when the Golden Knights had a three-on-one breakaway. Defenseman James Howden, who had control of the pick, fired a shot at Catamounts goalie Mike Santaguida, but his shot sailed high and went off the back of the glass behind the net.
Moments last the Catamounts had the puck and Paliotta put in the rebound of a shot from Puskarich at 3:17 of the period to make it 3-0.
Vermont captain Mike Paliotta
Vermont had a chance to extend the lead midway through the second period when penalties to Paul Geiger and Jeff Di Nallo gave UVM a 56-second, two-man advantage.
Clarkson killed the penalties and got another chance to cut into Vermont’s lead when Privitera and Jonathan Turk were called for penalties on Di Nallo at the same time, giving the Golden Knights a two-man advantage for two minutes at 13:44.
Clarkson, however, which is just 1 for 15 on the power play so far this season, was unable to get anything from the two-man advantage and headed into the final period still behind 3-0.
Clarkson's Two-Man Advantage
With about eight minutes to go in the intermission between the second and third periods people began to notice that Clarkson’s Zamboni had not yet entered the arena to sweep the ice.
The long break was probably better for Clarkson than the Catamounts, who had been playing well and saw their momentum stall a bit. Clarkson outshot Vermont 11-0 in the third period but couldn’t get any shots past Santaguida.
Clarkson forward Pat Megannety
The best chance came with 11:49 left in the game as Clarkson’s Joe Zarbo had the puck right next to the crease by the side of an open net. But Santaguida got a skate over to the corner and kept the puck out, smothering it next to the post.
Clarkson captain Paul Geiger
Clarkson, which has now lost four straight games to Vermont since the Catamounts left ECAC Hockey after the 2004-05 season, hosts Bowling Green in a pair of nonconference games next Friday and Saturday.
Clarkson started the 2014-15 season with an 8-0 win over Queen's University of Kingston, Ontario, in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights started off slow, picking up three penalties in the first eight minutes and four in the opening period.
Clarkson took a 1-0 lead on its first power-play chance of the game when Jeff DiNallo scored at 16 minutes, 52 seconds of the first period.
Clarkson broke the game open with a six-goal outburst in the second period.
Freshman Brett Gervais started the spurt with a goal at 1:51, then James de Haas made it 3-0 with a power-play goal at 6:13.
de Haas's goal
Freshman defenseman Terrence Amorosa scored another power-play goal at 13:24. Pat Megannety scored at 17:00, followed by a goal from Perry D'Arrisso at 19:37. Megannety added the final goal of the period 11 seconds after D'Arrisso's to put Clarkson up 7-0.
Joe Zarbo scored Clarkson's final goal at 4:02 of the third as Clarkson finished 5-of-8 on the power play.
More than six months have passed since the last time Clarkson's women's hockey team played a game, and the ending was quite memorable as the Golden Knights defeated two-time defending national champion Minnesota 5-4 at Quinnipiac to win the first NCAA Division I national championship by a north country team.
End of Championship Game
Clarkson, which finished 31-5-5 last season, begins defense of its title this weekend. The Golden Knights, who won the ECAC Hockey regular-season title with a 16-2-4 record, will travel to Canton to play St. Lawrence University at 7 p.m. Friday and then will host the Saints at 4 p.m. Saturday, unveiling their national championship banner shortly before faceoff.
Several things have changed since last season. Several of the key players on the team, including Patty Kazmaier Award winner Jamie Lee Rattray, have graduated, and of the three coaches on last year's staff only head coach Matt Desrosiers remains.
Here are some video interviews looking ahead to the upcoming season as well as introducing new assistant coaches Britni Smith, a former St. Lawrence University player, and Meghan Duggan, a former Wisconsin standout and the captain of the U.S. Women's Olympic hockey team in 2014.
Assistants Smith and Duggan
Forward Shannon MacAulay and defensemen Renata Fast and Erin Ambrose
The Clarkson University women's hockey team has boarded a bus and is on the way to Hamden, Conn. to play in the program's first Frozen Four this weekend.
Clarkson (29-5-5) will meet Mercyhurst (24-8-4) in a national semifinal at 8 p.m. Friday night. The first semifinal, which begins at 5 p.m., features two-time defending national champion Minnesota (37-1-1) against WCHA foe Wisconsin (28-7-2). The national championship game is at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Here's a look at Clarkson as it prepares for the weekend: