POTSDAM — If any ECAC Hockey team should know it's possible for the No. 10 seed to win a playoff series at the No. 7 seed it would be Clarkson.
The last two seasons the Golden Knights have been the No. 7 seed, and both times lost a home playoff series to the No. 10 team.
This time around Clarkson (9-18-7 overall, 8-11-3 conference) is the No. 10 seed and will travel to open the ECAC Hockey playoffs at No. 7 Brown (11-12-6, 7-9-6).
The best-of-three series at the Meehan Auditorium in Providence, R.I., starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Game two is at 7 p.m. Saturday and game three, if needed, is at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Brown ranks 49th out of 59 NCAA Division I schools in home attendance with an average crowd of 1,324. The Bears played to just 53 percent capacity this season.
Brown went 1-0-1 against the Golden Knights during the regular season.
Clarkson tied the Bears 3-3 at Meehan Auditorium on Nov. 10 and outshot Brown 48-30 in that contest. The Golden Knights had 1-0 and 2-1 leads before Brown scored twice to go ahead 3-2. Adam Pawlick scored in the second period to tie the game.
Clarkson also led twice in the game at Cheel Arena on Jan. 11, but wound up losing 3-2 on a goal from Ryan Jacobson in the second period.
Clarkson enters the postseason on a three-game losing streak and the Golden Knights did not score a goal last weekend in road games at Rensselaer and Union.
A LOOK BACK
The last time Clarkson played Brown in the ECAC Hockey playoffs the Golden Knights were led by Erik Cole and Willie Mitchell.
Clarkson swept the Bears in a quarterfinal series at Cheel Arena in 1999, winning game one 3-2 in overtime and winning 3-1 the next day to reach the semifinals in Lake Placid. Clarkson went on to win the championship that weekend.
Clarkson has faced Brown 12 times in the ECAC playoffs and has an 11-1 record against the Bears. Brown's only win against Clarkson game on March 7, 1978, when the Bears defeated Clarkson 6-2 in a quarterfinal game at Walker Arena. The teams have never met in a postseason game at Brown.
Clarkson beat Brown 6-2 in the 1993 ECAC championship game in Lake Placid.
WHO IS NEXT?
Should Clarkson win this weekend's playoff series who would the Golden Knights face next week?
ECAC Hockey re-seeds the tournament each week, so if Clarkson was the only road team to win this weekend it would automatically face conference champion Quinnipiac in a quarterfinal series next weekend in Hamden, Conn.
If either No. 11 Colgate or No. 12 Harvard also win a series this weekend, then Clarkson would play at No. 2 Rensselaer. If both the Raiders and Crimson won playoff series this weekend then Clarkson would travel to No. 3 Yale.
The only team Clarkson cannot face next weekend is No. 4 Union.