CANTON — Two of the top five scorers in the nation were playing in Wednesday night’s ECAC Hockey game at Appleton Arena.
But it was Clarkson junior Will Frederick who wound up having the top statistical game, scoring two goals with one assist as the Golden Knights beat rival St. Lawrence University 4-1 before a sellout crowd of 2,622 at Appleton Arena.
SLU’s Kyle Flanagan, a Canton native, leads the nation in scoring and teammate Greg Carey is tied for fifth.
Frederick, who is more of a physical forward, had only two goals this season heading into the game but he scored twice in the opening period for the Golden Knights (3-7-5 overall, 3-3-1 conference) to give Clarkson a lead it would never relinquish.
Frederick’s first goal came at 6 minutes, 1 second of the opening period on a play where he just kept whacking at the puck until it squeezed past Saints goalie Matt Weninger. His second goal came at 15:54 when he redirected a slap shot from defenseman Andrew Himelson.
After Wednesday’s game Frederick improved his career stats against the Saints to four goals and two assists in six games.
LEWIS SHINES IN DEBUT
Clarkson freshman goalie Greg Lewis has had an up and down first half of the season, but the 21-year-old likely gave some SLU fans bad memories of former Clarkson goalie Paul Karpowich on Wednesday as they saw another Clarkson goalie wearing No. 33 denying chances.
Lewis, a native of Mars, Pa., stopped 34 of 35 shots in his debut game in the Clarkson/SLU rivalry, a .971 save percentage. One of his saves was against a breakaway by Flanagan, the nation’s leading scorer, during a second-period power play.
When Lewis has been able to stop at least 90 percent of the shots he faces he’s been successful this season, with a 3-1-2 record in those games. In the other games he’s gone 0-5-2.
SLU only had eight shots against Lewis in the first period, but came out inspired at the start of the second and peppered the net and finished with 27 shots in the final two periods.
Heading into Wednesday’s game it looked like Clarkson would be in trouble if SLU got a lot of power-play chances. The Golden Knights ranked last in the nation in the penalty kill and SLU’s power-play ranked ninth.
But Clarkson killed five of six penalties Wednesday and SLU did not score until its second-to-last chance.
ODDS AND ENDS
Clarkson and SLU will meet in a nonconference game Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in Lake Placid. ... Clarkson has now won five straight ECAC Hockey games against the Saints and is 3-0-2 in its last five games in Appleton Arena. ... Clarkson sophomore Joe Zarbo scored a goal in the second period, giving him a goal in each of the last four games he’s played.
... Wednesday’s loss was the first time this season the Saints have lost two straight games and it also kept SLU from winning it’s 1,000th career game.