Cap Carey is a sportswriter in the Canton bureau of the Watertown Daily Times. A native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., he's a graduate of the University of Arizona, in Tucson.
Cap worked for the Arizona Daily Star, in Tucson, while he was attending college and then spent two years working as a part-time sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times prior to his move back east in 1993. He also spent the fall of 1993 working for the Scranton (Penn.) Times-Tribune as a part-timer.
He has covered college hockey since his arrival at the Watertown Daily Times in late December of 1993. He has been the Clarkson University men's hockey beat writer since the 1996-97 season and also covers both the Clarkson and St. Lawrence University women's programs.
Cap was a member of the Hobey Baker Award voting committee for three years and also wrote a feature story for the ECAC Hockey Tournament's championship weekend program in the 2001-02 season.
Clarkson (18-14-4 overall) got some good news this week as it will have captain Ben Sexton back in time for this weekend's ECAC Hockey first-round playoff series against Princeton (5-24).
Sexton, who was Clarkson's leading scorer, was injured when the Golden Knights played the Tigers in Princeton, N.J., on Feb. 8. He missed the last six games of the regular season.
The Golden Knights struggled early on without Sexton, who has six goals and 17 assists in 29 games, losing their first three games without their captain. But Clarkson enters the postseason having gone 1-0-2 in its last three games, including a 1-1 tie at home last Saturday against Quinnipiac, which played in the national championship game last season.
This week's interviews include head coach Casey Jones, Sexton, sophomore defenseman Paul Geiger, who was named an assistant captain two weeks ago, and sophomore forward Jeff DiNallo, who is third on the team in scoring.
POTSDAM — The Clarkson University men’s hockey team didn’t get a first-round bye Saturday night, but they earned plenty of confidence heading into next weekend’s ECAC Hockey playoffs.
Clarkson (18-14-4 overall, 11-9-2 ECAC Hockey) tied defending regular-season champion Quinnipiac 1-1 before 2,795 fans at Cheel Arena and finished in fifth place in the conference playoffs after being picked to finish last before the season began by the league’s coaches and media.
The Golden Knights will host Princeton next weekend in a best-of-three series and if they win that series the following weekend they’ll travel to fourth-place Cornell for a best-of-three quarterfinal series.
Quinnipiac (22-8-6, 12-6-4), which played in the national championship game last season, scored eight goals Friday night in a win at St. Lawrence University and entered Saturday’s game ranked second in the nation in offense at 3.63 goals-per game.
Clarkson's Jarrett Burton
But Clarkson, which lost 6-3 at Quinnipiac on Feb. 7, was not intimidated by the Bobcats and had a quiet confidence during the week that they could play with and beat Quinnipiac.
The Golden Knights nearly did, holding Quinnipiac scoreless until 18 minutes, 20 seconds of the second period, when Connor Jones scored a power-play goal to tie the game 1-1.
It was the longest Quinnipiac had gone this season before picking up its first goal in a game and it would be all the Bobcats would get.
Clarkson struck first at 14:20 of the opening period with a goal from Patrick Megannety which was assisted by Joe Zarbo.
The Golden Knights thought they had scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period while on a power play as a shot by Kevin Tansey looked as if it may have gone in. The student section sitting behind Quinnipiac’s net reacted as if it was a goal and Cheel Arena’s train whistle blew, but neither referee signaled for a goal.
Even though Clarkson, and every ECAC Hockey arena has an instant-replay system for possible goals, official Kevin Graber declined to go review the play.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
The Golden Knights outshot Quinnipiac 4-1 in the third period but couldn’t get a shot past Bobcats goalie Michael Garteig.
Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold
Quinnipiac had a chance to win the game in overtime when Clarkson’s Paul Geiger was called for tripping just 88 seconds in, but the Bobcats were thwarted by Steve Perry, who made several big saves, including one where he swatted the puck away with his glove.
Perry OT save
Clarkson’s last chance to win came late as Quinnipiac’s Bryce Van Brabant was called for interference with 38 seconds remaining, but the Golden Knights were unable to get a game-winning goal.
POTSDAM — The Clarkson University men’s hockey team’s offense is waking up at the right time.
After struggling on the power play the last two weekends Clarkson had its best special teams game of the year Friday night, defeating Princeton 3-1 before 2,240 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena.
Clarkson, which had gone 1 of 15 with the man advantage for the last four games, scored three power-play goals on four chances Friday against the Tigers. The Golden Knights (18-14-3 overall, 11-9-1 ECAC Hockey) also have scored five goals in their last two games after going through a three-game stretch where they only scored one goal.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
The win over Princeton (5-23, 4-17) also keeps alive Clarkson’s hopes for a top-four finish in the conference standings and an automatic bye in the first round of next weekend’s ECAC Hockey playoffs.
Clarkson closes the regular season with a game against Quinnipiac at 7 tonight. If Clarkson wins, and Cornell loses or ties its game against Harvard, the Golden Knights would finish in fourth place. Clarkson could also earn fourth place with a tie and a Cornell loss.
The Golden Knights got their first power-play chance early in the game when Princeton’s Alec Rush was called for interference at 4 minutes, 5 seconds.
Just 15 seconds later Allan McPherson gave Clarkson a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal off assists from Jarrett Burton and Paul Geiger.
The Tigers tied the game late in the first period when a turnover near the blue line gave Princeton’s Andrew Calof a breakaway opportunity, which he used to score against Greg Lewis with 1:13 left in the first period.
But Clarkson got another power-play chance just 3:24 into the second period on a boarding call to Princeton’s Eric Carlson, which temporarily injured Clarkson defenseman Kevin Tansey.
The Golden Knights took advantage on a nice passing play which saw McPherson send the puck to Jeff DiNallo, who then sent a pass right in front of the crease which Will Frederick one-timed for the game-winning goal at 5:18.
Princeton’s next penalty came at 9:46 of the second period on a tripping call to Ben Foster and the Golden Knights scored their final power-play goal of the night at 10:32 on a shot from Jarrett Burton, with Frederick and DiNallo assisting.
It was a frustrating night for Princeton coach Bob Prier, a former St. Lawrence University player and assistant coach, who saw his team lose for the 23rd time in 28 games in what has become a long season.
Clarkson clinched its first winning record since 2007-08 with the win and is guaranteed no worse than a sixth-place finish in the standings. The Golden Knights will host a first-round series next weekend unless they move into fourth place tonight.
Clarkson (17-14-3 overall, 10-9-1 ECAC Hockey) closes out the regular season this weekend with home games against Princeton (7:30 p.m. Friday) and Quinnipiac (7 p.m. Saturday).
The Golden Knights have already clinched home ice for the upcoming conference playoffs, they just don't know if that will mean next weekend or if they will earn a first-round bye and play in two weeks.
Clarkson is in sixth place, one point behind Yale, and the worst position the Golden Knights could have is seventh. A win or tie in Friday's game against Princeton, or a Rensselaer loss, would clinch at least sixth place for Clarkson. Clarkson needs to pick up at least three points, and hope Cornell loses two games at home and Yale loses or ties at least one game, to finish in fourth place, which would earn the Golden Knights a first-round bye.
One more win also would clinch Clarkson's first winning season since 2007-08. If Clarkson splits this weekend the worst possible record it could have would be 18-17-3.
This week's Clarkson Notes, in Friday's paper, will include a feature story on senior Allan McPherson, who is five points shy of reaching 1,000 for his career.
That means this week's video interviews are geared toward the feature story and include coach Casey Jones, McPherson and his roommate for four years, senior Mike Garlasco.