Clarkson (12-12-2, 6-7-1) at Colgate (3-22-2, 0-13-2)
7 p.m., tonight, Starr Rink, Hamilton
TV - Time Warner Cable
Clarkson:The Golden Knights lost their third straight game Friday, falling 5-2 to Cornell in Lynah Rink. Clarkson is missing four key players for tonight's game. Mark Borowiecki (ankle), Nik Pokulok (knee) and Ben Sexton (arm) are injured and Scott Freeman is sick. Tonight's game has some impact on Clarkson's quest for home-ice advantage in the ECAC Hockey playoffs. The Golden Knights are in eighth place (both in points and win percentage) and have a two-point lead over ninth-place Brown, but have played one less game than the Bears. Brown is off tonight so Clarkson can either build a four-point lead on the Bears or will face Brown next Friday at Cheel Arena having to win or tie to stay ahead of the Bears in the standings.
Colgate:Clarkson fans can relate to the kind of season the Raiders are having, having experienced something similar a year ago. Colgate lost its fourth straight game last night, falling 4-0 to St. Lawrence University. The Bears are in a 14-game winless streak (0-13-1) and have not won a game since beating Army 3-0 back on Dec. 4. Colgate's only wins this season are over Army (twice) and Sacred Heart.
Who to Watch
Clarkson:Brandon DeFazio has the best numbers against the Raiders, with one goal and three assists in four games. Scott Freeman, who will miss tonight's game with an illness, has two goals and one assist. Lauri Tuohimaa, Julien Cayer and Matt Zarbo are the only other active players who have scored against Colgate. Paul Karpowich has struggled against the Raiders with an 0-1-2 record, a 4.47 goals-against average and an .878 save percentage.
Colgate:Brian Day has come up big against the Golden Knights with five goals and seven assists. Austin Smith has two goals and four assists and Kevin McNamara has five assists. Matt Firman and Thomas Larkin each have three goals against Clarkson. Goalie Alex Evin is 2-0-1 with a 2.33 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage.
Special Teams Matchups
Clarkson PP 13.6 percent vs. Colgate kill 77.7 percent
Clarkson kill 85.5 percent vs. Colgate PP 11.6 percent
Clarkson 6 shorthanded/2 allowed
Colgate 0 shorthanded/6 allowed
Clarkson:Nick Tremblay (4 PP), Jake Morley (2 SH).
Colgate:Brian Day (4 PP), Francois Brisebois (3 PP), Robbie Bourdon (3 PP), Corbin McPherson (2 PP).
Colgate blew a 4-2 lead at Cheel Arena on Nov. 5 and had to settle for a 4-4 tie after third-period goals from Scott Freeman and Matt Zarbo. Clarkson scored just 18 seconds into the game on a shot from Ben Sexton. But Sexton went hard into the boards on the play and broke his arm and has not played since.
Odds and Ends:Based on recent history one would have to think Colgate sees this game as a chance to snap their 14-game winless streak. No matter how either side is doing, Clarkson has struggled against the Raiders. The Golden Knights are in a seven-game winless streak against Colgate (0-5-2), which started with games two and three of the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals in 2008. ... Colgate and Clarkson both struggle if they don't score first. Clarkson is 2-11 and Colgate is 0-13-2. Clarkson, however, is 10-1-2 if it scores first while the Raiders are just 3-9.