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Bowling Green edges Clarkson (video)

First published: October 25, 2014 at 11:20 pm
Last modified: October 25, 2014 at 11:28 pm

POTSDAM — The Clarkson University men’s hockey team nearly rallied from a big deficit but came up short, falling 5-4 to Bowling Green before 3,346 fans in a nonconference game at Cheel Arena Saturday night.
Clarkson (2-3-1 overall) fell behind 5-1 early in the second period, but outshot the Falcons 15-3 in the final period and peppered Bowling Green goalie Chris Nell with several shots late in the game, attempting to get to overtime for a second straight night.

Clarkson coach Casey Jones

What hurt Clarkson was a poor showing in the first period as the Falcons (4-1-1) scored four times to take a 4-1 lead.

Falcons coach Chris Bergeron

Kevin Dufour, who leads the nation with eight goals, started things for the Falcons taking a long pass from Dajon Mingo and skating in alone on Clarkson’s staring goalie Steve Perry, beating him with a shot over the glove to make it 1-0 at 4 minutes, 12 seconds.

Kevin Dufour

The Golden Knights responded with a power-play goal from Joe Zarbo, who positioned himself near the crease and redirected a shot from Paul Geiger past Nell to tie the game 1-1 at 6:57.

Zarbo's goal

Bowling Green then proceeded to score three goals in 4:59 to build the 4-1 advantage, beginning with a power-play goal from Ben Murphy at 12:47, followed by goals from Mitchell McLain (14:12) and Tyler Spezia (17:46).
Jones inserted Friday’s starter, Ville Runola, at goalie prior to the second period, but the Falcons scored another goal on him, this one on a shot from Pierre-Luc Mercier to extend the lead to 5-1.
Bowling Green thought it had gone up 6-1 at 14:14 of the second period when Dufour appeared to have scored again. But prior to his shot the Falcons were going to be penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct on Nolan Valleau. As soon as Dufour touched the puck the whistle blew to begin Clarkson’s power play.
The Golden Knights began their comeback at 17:05 of the second period with a goal from freshman Dylan Gareau, who was playing in just his second career game. A.J. Fossen and James Howden assisted on the play.
Gareau scored another goal at 2:17 of the third period, with assists going to Fossen and Ben Dalpe, to cut the Falcons lead to 5-3.

Dylan Gareau

Things got tense for the Falcons at 15:40 of the third period when Clarkson defenseman James de Haas scored, off passes from Joe Zarbo and Troy Josephs, to cut the lead to 5-4.
Clarkson had several chances late, and pulled Runola for an extra attacker for the final 83 seconds, but was unable to get another shot past Nell.


Clarkson ties Bowling Green (video)

First published: October 24, 2014 at 11:03 pm
Last modified: October 24, 2014 at 11:09 pm

POTSDAM — The Clarkson University men’s hockey team is still looking for its first home victory of the 2014-15 season.
But the Golden Knights were in better spirits after a 2-2 tie Friday night against Bowling Green than they were after dropping their home opener 3-0 to Vermont last Saturday.
Clarkson (2-2-1 overall) saw some promising signs in the nonconference tie with the Western College Hockey Association’s Falcons before 2,592 fans at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights got some results from several of their young players, including freshman Nic Pierog, as well as freshmen Brett Gervais and Ben Dalpe, who won many key faceoffs for Clarkson.

Clarkson coach Casey Jones

Clarkson also had a productive outing from some veterans Jones is counting on to be offensive leaders as a line of Joe Zarbo, Jeff Di Nallo and Perry D’Arrisso produced one goal and threatened to score nearly every time they were on the ice.

Joe Zarbo

The Golden Knights took a 1-0 lead just 4 minutes, 43 seconds into the game on a nice play by Pierog, who took a pass from Todd Christian, skated in along on Falcons goalie Tommy Burke and beat him high with a backhanded shot. Troy Josephs also assisted on the play.
Clarkson kept the lead until the end of the first period, despite being outshot 11-5, as Finnish goalie Ville Runola frustrated the Falcons while making his first start of the season and just his third career start.
Bowling Green tied the game 1-1 at 2:29 of the second period when Kevin Dufour scored his seventh goal of the season by putting a rebound of his own shot past Runola.
But less than two minutes later Clarkson had the lead again on a wrap-around goal from Zarbo, who scored at 4:35 just a few seconds after Di Nallo had been tripped in front of the net, giving the Golden Knights a power-play after the goal. Christian, who entered the game with two career assists in 38 games, picked up his second of the night on the play.

Todd Christian

But the Falcons once again responded to a deficit, evening the game 2-2 at 11:31 of the second period when Mitchell McLain scored on a rebound of a shot from Mark Cooper.

Falcons coach Chris Bergeron

Bowling Green had a chance to possibly win the game with 6:41 left in the third period as Adam Berkle had a shot with a good portion of the net open. But Runola slid quickly to his side and deflected away the opportunity with his leg pad.

Bowling Green's Brent Tate

Clarkson had the better of the play in overtime, outshooting the Falcons 4-2, but neither team was able to score the game-winner.

Clarkson tries to score a game-winner

The squads will meet again at 7:30 tonight in an expected Parent’s Weekend sellout.


Vermont Spoils Clarkson Home Opener

First published: October 18, 2014 at 11:11 pm
Last modified: October 18, 2014 at 11:31 pm

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 beats Queen's 8-0 (videos)

First published: October 05, 2014 at 9:51 pm
Last modified: October 05, 2014 at 10:04 pm

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.

DiNallo's goal



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.

Post-game interviews

Casey Jones


Pat Megannety


Terrence Amorosa


Brett Gervais

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