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Clarkson (6-3-3 overall, 1-2-1 ECAC Hockey)
Harvard (1-2-1 both)
Dartmouth (3-3, 2-2)
7 p.m. tonight vs. Harvard; 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Dartmouth (Cheel Arena, Potsdam)
Clarkson:The Golden Knights are 0-2-1 in their last three games and have scored just two goals in those contests. During the current streak Clarkson has been outshot 100-60. In the first nine games of the season the average shots were 29 for Clarkson and 30.3 for opponents. During the winless streak it has been 20-33.3. Clarkson has gone 0 for 8 on the power play during this stretch and has averaged only 2.67 opportunities. In the first nine games Clarkson averaged 5.67 power-play chances. Clarkson's penalty kill has been 18 for 23 (78.3 percent) during the streak. In the first nine games Clarkson killed 38 of 42 penalties (90.5).
Harvard:The Crimson ended Clarkson's season last year sweeping a first-round ECAC Hockey playoff series at Cheel Arena. This weekend will mark Harvard's first round games of the season, though the Crimson have only played four total games. Harvard won its first game of the season last Saturday, defeating Colgate 4-2. The Crimson have tied Quinnipiac and Cornell and lost to Princeton.
Dartmouth:The Big Green should be looking forward to this trip since they have gone 3-0-1 against Clarkson and St. Lawrence in road games the last two years. This is also Dartmouth's first road games of the season. The Big Green opened conference play with wins over Quinnipiac and Princeton, then lost last weekend to Colgate and Cornell. Dartmouth beat Brown and lost to Yale in nonconference games the first weekend of the season.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones on the weekend

Harvard season preview with Ted Donato

Who to Watch
Clarkson:Leading scorer Louke Oakley (6 goals-6 assists) missed last weekend's games and the end of the game with Union due to an injury. He might be back tonight. Nick Tremblay has six goals and four assists and defenseman Sam Labrecque has two goals and seven assists. Allan McPherson, Julien Cayer and Corey Tamblyn each have four goals. Paul Karpowich is 6-3-3 with a 1.81 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage.
vs. Harvard: Nik Pokulok has two career goals against the Crimson. Allan McPherson and Louke Oakley each have one goal and three assists. Paul Karpowich is 2-4-1 with a 2.68 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
vs. Dartmouth: Julien Cayer has two goals and one assist against Dartmouth. Jake Morley and Adam Pawlick each have two goals and Louke Oakley has one goal with two assists. Paul Karpowich is 2-1-1 with a 2.84 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage.
Harvard:Alex Killorn leads the Crimson with three goals and two assists. Alex Fallstrom has one goal with three assists and Luke Greiner and David Valek each have one goal and two assists. Steve Michalek and Raphael Girard have split time in goal. Michalek is 1-1 with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. Girard is 0-1-1 with a 3.53 goals-against average and an .886 save percentage.
vs. Clarkson: Alex Killorn has three goals and four assists. Marshall Everson has two goals and two assists. Alex Fallstrom and Daniel Moriarty each have two goals and one assist.
Dartmouth:Dustin Walsh leads the Big Green with two goals and five assists. Tyler Sikura has three goals and two assists and Eric Robinson has two goals and three assists. James Mello is 3-3 with a 2.85 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage.
vs. Clarkson: Doug Jones has seven assists. Dustin Walsh has three goals and two assists and Nick Walsh has two goals and one assist. James Mello is 1-2-1 against the Golden Knights.
Special Teams
Clarkson:PP (22 percent); Kill (86.2 percent); 2 shorthanded goals, 1 allowed.
INDIVIDUALS: Louke Oakley, Sam Labrecque and Julien Cayer each have two goals. Kevin Tansey and Jarrett Burton have shorthanded goals.
Harvard: PP (27.3 percent); Kill (64.7 percent); 0 shorthanded goals scored or allowed.
INDIVIDUALS: Alex Killorn 2 goals.
Dartmouth: PP (5 percent); Kill (76.7 percent); 0 shorthanded goals scored or allowed.
INDIVIDUALS: Tyler Sikura only power-play goal of season.
All-time Series:
vs. Harvard:Clarkson leads 50-48-11. Harvard is 4-2-2 in last eight games and has three straight wins.
vs. Dartmouth:Clarkson leads 65-23-7. Clarkson is 14-3-3 at Cheel Arena but 0-1-1 in last two home games.
Odds and Ends:Clarkson has allowed 1.92 goals-per game which ranks seventh nationally. ... You can tell early in games how Clarkson will do so far this season. The Golden Knights are 5-0-1 if they score first and 1-3-2 if they don't. Clarkson is 5-0-2 if its ahead, or tied, after one period and 0-3-2 when it is not. Clarkson is 4-0-1 if it has more shots than its opponent and 2-3-2 when it does not. The second period may be interesting in tonight's game. Clarkson has outscored opponents 14-4 in the second period this year and Harvard has outscored opponents 8-3 in the second period. ... Harvard's 27.3 rate on the power play ranks second in the nation. The Crimson have been slow starters this season. Harvard has not scored the first goal of a game yet and has been outscored 6-0 and outshot 51-26 in the first period. ... Dartmouth's Dustin Walsh is averaging 1.75 points-per game, which leads the nation. Dartmouth is only 1 for 20 on the power play so far this season.

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