POTSDAM, N.Y. — Clarkson freshman goaltender Matt Smith will leave the school after completing final exams this week. Smith has decided to play hockey in the Quebec Major Junior League. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, the 6-0, 204-pound goaltender saw limited action with the Golden Knights this season. Smith played in one game, an exhibition contest against the US NTDP Under-18 team, and allowed four goals on 12 shots in one period.
Clarkson, which entered the break riding its longest winning streak in head coach George Roll’s tenure at five games, returns to action on Dec. 29 when it plays defending national champion Wisconsin in the opening round of Badger Showdown. The Knights own an 11-5-1 overall record and are tied for second place in the ECAC Hockey League with a 5-2 league mark.