POTSDAM — A four-goal weekend, including the first hat trick of his college career, helped Clarkson sophomore Matt Zarbo earn the ECAC Hockey Player of the Week Award.
Zarbo, a native of Grand Island, scored three goals last Friday in Clarkson’s 5-1 win at Harvard and then scored the only goal for the Golden Knights on Saturday in a 5-1 loss at Dartmouth.
Zarbo scored just three goals in 36 games in his freshman year, but he leads Clarkson in goals this season with 11 goals in 20 games and ranks fourth on the team in scoring with 13 points.
Zarbo plays on a line with his older brother Matt, a junior, and senior Adam Pawlick, who also scored a goal against Harvard.
DEFENSE KEY THIS WEEKEND
Clarkson (5-13-6 overall, 4-6-2 conference) plays a dangerous offensive team tonight in Colgate (13-9-2, 5-6-1), which averages 3.3 goals and scores on close to 23 percent of its power plays.
The Raiders came from behind twice to beat Clarkson 5-4 in overtime in Hamilton on Dec. 1.
Freshman defense Paul Geiger noticed right away how dangerous the Raiders can be on offense.
Saturday’s opponent, Cornell (8-9-2, 4-6-2), is not as potent on offense, averaging just 2.37 goals, but goals in games against the Big Red are often rare.
Cornell won 3-1 on Nov. 30 in Ithaca, but one of the goals was an empty-netter in the final minute. Last year the team’s played to a 1-1 tie at Cheel Arena and the teams have played two 0-0 games in the last five years.
TOUGH WEEK FOR COLGATE
Colgate coach Don Vaughan announced on Tuesday that sophomore defenseman Spiro Goulakos has Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is a type of cancer that originates from white blood cells in the lymph nodes.
Goulakos, a Montreal, Quebec, native, has left school to begin chemotherapy treatments. He played in 21 games for Colgate and had six goals and nine assists.
Goulakos underwent a routine physical examination in December and during one of the tests doctors noticed abnormal results. More tests were performed and last Friday his family found out the results. He played in last weekend’s games against Brown and Yale.