Clarkson (4-7-5 overall) ends the first half of the 2012-13 season with a home game at 7 p.m. Saturday night against Mercyhurst. The Golden Knights will be looking to win a third straight game before beginning a long break which won't see them play again until they host two nonconference games against UMass.-Lowell on Jan. 4-5.
After starting off the season 0-4-3, Clarkson has gone 4-3-2 in its last nine games.
Despite losing several big scorers from last year's team, Clarkson is actually scoring at a better clip this season than a year ago: 2.88 goals-per game compared to 2.69. Defense has been down a little from last year. Clarkson is allowing 2.93 goals and last year allowed 2.79.
Special teams play also has been down a little from last year. Clarkson has scored on 16.4 percent of its power plays, compared to 17.9 last year and has killed 75 percent of its penalties, compared to 82 percent last season.
Injuries have been a key part of the first half of the season. Clarkson has lost 36 player games in its first 16 games to injury, with Adam Pawlick leading the way with 10 missed games and nine for Sam Labrecque. Captain Ben Sexton and Mike Garlasco have each missed five. Clarkson had only 46 games lost to injury in 39 games last season.
This week's conversations include coach Casey Jones, freshmen Jeff DiNallo and Simon Bessette and Labrecque:
Lastly, in case you missed Saturday's 3-1 win over St. Lawrence University in Lake Placid here are game highlights produced by Clarkson: