After playing seven straight nonconference games the Golden Knights (0-4-3 overall) are beginning ECAC Hockey play this weekend with games at Yale (7 p.m., Friday) and Brown (4 p.m., Saturday).
Clarkson lost its first four games of the season and has skated to three straight ties. The last time the Golden Knights played three straight tie games happened during the 1985-86 season.
While Clarkson is still looking for its first victory, the Golden Knights have had some encouraging signs in recent games. Clarkson rallied from behind in two of its three ties, including a goal from Ben Sexton Friday night against Canisius which came with 29 seconds left in the game and just 25 seconds after the Golden Griffins had taken a lead.
Clarkson has also scored at least one power play in each of the last three games after starting the year 1 for 16. Clarkson has gone 5 for 17 since and is 6 for 33 on the season (18.2 percent).
Clarkson is averaging 2.57 goals and allowing 3.43 and has killed just 75 percent of its penalties. The Golden Knights have also allowed two shorthanded goals.
Junior Allan McPherson leads the team in scoring as conference play begins with one goal and six assists. Sophomore Patrick Marsh has one goal and five assists, already matching his freshman total of six points. Freshman Pat Megannety and Jarrett Burton each lead the team in goals with four.
Clarkson has also struggled with injuries early in the season. Forward Adam Pawlick was injured in the exhibition game against Carleton and has not played in a regular season game. Defenseman Sam Labrecque has missed four of the last six games. Forward Simon Bessette missed both games last weekend and defenseman Andrew Himelson, Clarkson's assistant captain, missed the last three games due to injury.
There are four interviews this week, beginning with coach Casey Jones and captain Ben Sexton. Also featured are two Golden Knights who made their debuts last weekend: freshman goalie Andrew Hunt and sophomore forward/defenseman JD Carrabino.
A Look at this Weekend
Yale is 2-1-1 overall and is 1-1 in conference play. The Bulldogs have only played ECAC Hockey opponents this season, but the first two games, a 2-2 tie with Dartmouth and a 3-2 win over Princeton, were nonconference games.
Last weekend Yale lost its opener 7-4 at Dartmouth and defeated Harvard 5-1 on Friday.
Senior Antoine Laganiere is the early team leader with five goals and one assist. Kenny Agostino, a Pittsburgh Penguins draft choice, has three goals and three assists and Jesse Root has three goals and two assists.
Nick Maricic (0-1-1, 4.32 goals-against average, .850 save percentage) and Jeff Malcolm (2-0, 1.50, .946) have split goaltending duties.
Yale is 3 of 16 on the power play (18.8 percent) and has killed 12 of 15 penalties (80.0).
Brown is 1-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play so far this season. Like Yale, the Bears have only played ECAC Hockey foes, but a 2-1 win over Princeton and 4-0 loss to Dartmouth were nonconference games. Brown lost its conference opener 3-2 at Harvard on Friday and fell 2-1 on Saturday at Dartmouth. The Bears were 9-18-5 last year and 5-13-4 in ECAC Hockey play.
Matt Lorito has scored two of Brown's five goals so far this season. Marco DeFilippo has been the only goaltender to see action and he is 1-3 with a 2.28 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.
Brown is 0 for 15 on the power play and 15 for 17 (.882) on penalty kills.
Clarkson lost 5-1 at Yale last season and has lost its last three games at Yale. Sam Labrecque scored two goals with one assist last season against Yale. Ben Sexton and Adam Pawlick each have one goal and two assists against the Bulldogs.
Clarkson won 3-1 against Brown last year in Providence and the Golden Knights have won two straight road games against the Bears. Allan McPhesron has one goal and three assists against Brown and Will Frederick has two goals and one assist. Ben Sexton has three assists against the Bears.