The Golden Knights continue to roll as they improved to 8-0-0 in ECAC play with a two game sweep against their rival St. Lawrence.
On Friday night in Potsdam, Clarkson came away with a 3-1 victory over the Saints in front of a packed Cheel arena. After St. Lawrence jumped out a 1-0 lead. Sheldon Rempal got the Golden Knights going in the second period with two goals on the power play.
Nico Sturm who assisted on both goals added a tally of his own in the third period with 36 seconds remaining in the game.
Saturday in Canton, Clarkson jumped out to a quick start as Rempal and Dylan Gareau scored in the opening four minutes in a 4-2 victory
Rempal is third in the scoring race in the nation with 16 goals and nine assists. His 16 goals lead the NCAA in that category.
Kevin Charyszyn scored early in the third to stretch the lead to 3-0.
The Saints showed some resilience as Joe Sullivan scored twice to cut the deficit to 3-2. The come back couldn’t be completed as Sturm added his second empty netter of the weekend.
Clarkson is off until Jan. 2 when they host Canisius while St. Lawrence tries to hit the reset button with a dismal first half along with the school investigating the hockey program. They return to action Dec. 29-30 at the Catamount Cup with games against Vermont and UMass-Lowell.
Hockey East bests ECAC this weekend
There were a few inter conference matchups between the two conferences this weekend and Hockey East came out on top with a 4-0-1 record.
There was one two game series as Quinnipiac hosted the Maine Black Bears and Rand Pecknold has to feel the Bobcats left two wins on the table. As the Bobcats Hockey Blog pointed out, this will be the first time since 2005-06 Quinnipiac will be below .500 to end the first half of the year. They currently sit 6-10-2.
Friday they jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the first period before the Black Bears stormed back to a 7-4 victory which included a highlight reel goal by Eduards Tralmaks.
Saturday, it was Maine who let a multi goal slip away as they lead 3-1 in the third before Tanner McMaster scored twice to tie the game. Patrick Shea scored for Maine with 24 seconds left and Maine added an empty netter before the buzzer.
In the two games Quinnipiac out shot Maine 102-56 on the weekend.
McMasterbeen playing well the past couple weeks for the Bobcats with four goals in his past five games. He’s second on the team in scoring with eight goals and seven assists in 18 games.
Colgate continues to struggle to put pucks in the net as the fell to UConn 4-2 on Friday night. It’s been two weeks since they have potted more than two goals in a game.
Union suffered a 2-1 loss to UMass on Sunday. It was the second time the Dutchmen hosted the Minutemen this season as they dropped a 5-4 decision on Oct. 13.
Brown battled Vermont to a 2-2 tie on Saturday as the Bears couldn’t hold onto a lead as they lead 1-0 and 2-1. Gavin Nieto was given the night off in goal and freshman Luke Kania was solid making 34 saves to earn the tie.
Conference did a little better versus Atlantic Hockey teams
There were a few ECAC vs. Atlantic Hockey games this week and ECAC did a little better with a 2-2 record. Yale and Union picked up wins over Atlantic Hockey foes on Saturday night. Yale squeak out a 2-1 victory over in state rival Sacred Heart. Joe Snively had both goals for the Bulldogs.
The Dutchmen rallied past Holy Cross to win 4-2. The Crusaders went up 2-0 in the first period while Union did their damage in the second and third periods. Ryan Scarfo and Cale Maier each had a goal and an assist. Ryan Walker and Jack Adams.
Bentley had great success over ECAC opponents for the week. It started out with a win Wednesday night against Brown. They followed it up with a 5-1 win over Dartmouth on Saturday evening in Hanover.
The Big Green look to pick up their first win since Nov. 4 next weekend when they travel to Denver to take on the Pioneers.