Roundup: Clarkson Stays Hot
Colgate Drops QU; Harvard Rolls
CHN Staff Report
For years, it seems, people have waited for it. One day, Clarkson will be back and ready to challenge in the ECAC.
That day may finally have arrived.
The Golden Knights improved to 6-3-1 to start the season, taking a well-earned 3-2 decision from a surging Union team Saturday night in Potsdam.
Clarkson got goals from Jere Astren, Josh Dickinson and Nico Sturm in the victory. Sturm's power-play tally at 9:37 of the third period put CY up 3-1 and proved to be the game-winning goal. Union pulled one back at 14:07 but couldn't get any closer.
Jake Kielly made 22 saves to earn the win. The sophomore now has a .947 save percentage in his 10 appearances for the Golden Knights.
Hot starts aren't uncommon for Clarkson. The Golden Knights have had similar early runs under Casey Jones since he took over ahead of the 2011-12 season. Maintaining it through the first and into the second has been the problem.
Colgate 4, Quinnipiac 1
Colgate goaltender Colton Point made 33 saves and Mike Panowyk scored two goals as the Raiders defeated Quinnipiac, 4-1, Saturday night At TD Bank Sports Center.
Adam Dauda and John Snodgrass each tallied in the first period to give Colgate the lead. Karlis Cukste got one back early in the second period. However, the Bobcats wouldn't get any closer. Panowyk's brace kept Colgate in the lead for good.
For the weekend, Quinnipiac dropped important ECAC games to both Cornell and Colgate.
"It was not our best effort," Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said. "I thought Colgate was really good. Certainly, we're disappointed with out effort, not just tonight, but this weekend. It's a good group of guys, and we'll figure it out. We'll get better. We need to get better."
The Bobcats had won three games in a row after an 0-1-1 start. It's QU's worst record through seven games since it was also 3-3-1 through seven in the 2012-13 season — the year the Bobcats advanced to the Frozen Four for the first time.
QU hits the road next week for a pair of games in the Capital District against Rensselaer and Union.
Colgate, meanwhile, hosts Harvard and Dartmouth.
Harvard 3, Brown 0
After a tough loss to archrival Yale Friday night, Harvard needed a response against Brown badly.
Brown goaltender Gavin Nieto had other ideas. Unfortunately, no one else on his team. Nieto made 33 saves and kept his team in the game as long as possible. The Crimson were just too much, though, and Harvard cruised to a 3-0 win.
"There were some stretches where Brown had some runs of shots," Harvard coach Ted Donato said. "But, overall, we're pretty happy. This is a young group that has to learn how to win these types of games — having a one-goal lead in your own building going into the third."
Freshman defenseman Reilly Walsh scored the first two goals of his collegiate career. The first came just 56 seconds into the second period. He added another at 13:35 of the third period. Nathan Krusko closed out the scoring at 15:04.
Harvard goaltender Merrick Madsen made 26 saves to earn the shutout for the Crimson.
"Merrick was outstanding tonight," Donato said. "It's hard to win without having a great night from your goaltender. ... Merimack has built a pretty good book on being able to play winning hockey and come up with big saves."
Harvard heads to Hamilton and Ithaca next weekend for crucial ECAC road games with a surprising Colgate team and rival Cornell.
Brown, however, will host the North Country teams at Meehan Auditorium.
Cornell 5, Princeton 4
Cornell's Brenden Locke scored at 13:19 of the third period to put the Big Red ahead and earn a win over Princeton.
A wild first period ended with the Tigers holding a 3-2 lead over Cornell.
After Alex Rauter gave CU a 2-1 lead, Josh Teves and Ryan Kuffner scored to give Princeton a 3-2 lead after 20 minutes.
Max Veronneau doubled PU's lead at 4:47. However, Yanni Kaldis and Trevor Yates scored for Cornell to tie the game headed into the final 20 minutes.
Cornell's win extends their winning streak to 4-0-0 to start the season for the first time since 2006-07.
Dartmouth 3, Yale 1
Sometimes, the shots fall. Sometimes, they don't. Yale learned that both ways this weekend. Friday, the Bulldogs got by Harvard on the strength of its goaltending some timely scoring. Saturday, they didn't get either.
Dartmouth defeated Yale, 3-1, at Thompson Arena despite being outshot, 27-15, by the Bulldogs.
Alex Jasiek and Joe Snively traded goals in the first period. DU would get goals from Charley Michalowski and Daniel Warpecha in the second and third periods to get and build its lead.
Big Green goaltender Devin Buffalo made 26 saves to earn the win.