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.
By CAP CAREY
POTSDAM — One of the hottest goalies in men’s college hockey is a player who until last weekend had played in only one game this season.
Clarkson junior Greg Lewis, who has been the third-string goalie for most of the season, now has a shutout streak of 147 minutes and 45 seconds after helping the Golden Knights to a 1-0 win over Yale before 2,372 fans in an ECAC Hockey game Saturday night at Cheel Arena.
It was the second straight shutout of the weekend for Lewis, who made 25 saves against the Bulldogs (11-6-2 overall, 6-5-1 ECAC Hockey). He shut out Brown 6-0 on Saturday night and didn’t allow a goal in the final 27:45 of a 5-2 win at Dartmouth last Saturday.
Lewis, a native of Mars, Pa., got a chance to start in last Saturday’s game after second-string goalie Ville Runola lost 6-3 to Harvard last Friday. The team’s starting goalie, Steve Perry, has missed the last five games with a lower-body injury sustained against Colgate on Jan. 9.
A third-string goalie picking up two shutouts might surprise some, but Lewis had a solid freshman season as Clarkson’s starting goalie.
He also appears to have Yale’s number. In three career starts against the Bulldogs Lewis is 2-1 with a 0.67 goals-against average and a .975 save percentage. He has shut out Yale twice.
“Like all 1-0 hockey games it could have gone either way,” Yale coach Keith Allain said. “They got the goal and we weren’t able to finish. I thought our passing wasn’t as crisp as it should be, but they block a lot of shots and clog the lanes and work hard to get back on defense.”
Clarkson (10-11-4, 7-4-2) got off to a dominant start in Saturday’s game, taking the first 11 shots and going deep into the opening period before Yale ever got a shot on goal. The Golden Knights finished the opening period with a 13-4 advantage in shots.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
Yale started to produce more chances in the second period as Clarkson took two penalties in the first 5:17, giving Yale’s offense a chance to build some momentum.
But the Bulldogs, despite an 11-8 edge in shots in the second period, remained scoreless against Clarkson’s defense.
Clarkson captain Paul Geiger
Clarkson finally broke through on the scoreboard with just 1:38 left to play in the second period as freshman Sam Vigneault kept hustling in front of the net and was finally able to get a puck past Bulldogs goalie Alex Lyon for the only score of the game.
Before the goal was awarded, however, both teams had to wait for a video review to confirm if it was good.
Things got tense in the second period as both teams began to hit each other a little harder. Clarkson forward Pat Megannety was injured on a hit to his lower body in the period, but came back to play the third.
Clarkson assistant captain Jeff DiNallo wasn’t as fortunate. DiNallo appeared to be hit in the knee by a Bulldog player shortly after Clarkson’s goal and had to be helped off the ice and did not return for the third period. His status for next week is unknown.
Yale continued to pressure Clarkson in the final period and the Bulldogs best chance to tie the game came with 3:06 remaining but Chris Izmirlian missed a wrap-around chance when Lewis was at the other side of the goal.
Last minute of game
By CAP CAREY
POTSDAM — The Clarkson University men’s hockey team, whose offense has been anemic for most of the season, has suddenly produced 13 goals in its last there games.
The Golden Knights produced their top offensive output of the season Friday night, routing Brown 6-0 before 1,986 fans in an ECAC Hockey game at Cheel Arena.
The win started off a season-long, give-game homestand for Clarkson (9-11-4 overall, 6-4-2 conference) in an impressive manner and moved the Golden Knights back into a three-way tie with Colgate and Rensselaer for fourth place in the ECAC Hockey standings, though Colgate has played one less conference game than Clarkson.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
Clarkson struck first at 10 minutes, 27 seconds of the opening period when defenseman Kevin Tansey scored his first goal of the season by lofting a shot over the shoulder of Brown goalie Tyler Steel.
The second period was a frustrating one for the Bears (4-14, 1-10), who tried to tie the game early in the period during a wild scramble in front of Clarkson’s net. Clarkson goalie Greg Lewis made a save but was out of position for a rebound attempt, which James de Haas knocked out of the crease before it crossed the line.
A video review showed a Clarkson player had covered the puck with his glove so Brown was awarded a penalty shot, which was taken by Matt Lorito just 23 seconds into the period.
Lorito’s shot went off the leg pad of Lewis. It was the second penalty shot of the season for Lorito against the Golden Knights. He was also turned away by Clarkson’s Steve Perry in a Brown home game on Nov. 8.
Lorito also had a shot clang off the post early in the first period for the Bears.
Clarkson's Lewis finished with 27 saves for the shutout
The Bears had another good chance to get back in the game when Clarkson’s A.J. Fossen was giving a major penalty for boarding at 2:45 of the second period. Because Fossen would have 10 minutes to serve, for a misconduct, Jones sent Janick Asselin into the box to serve Fossen’s five minutes.
Not only did Clarkson kill the major penalty, but as it expired Asselin leapt out of the box and got the loose puck and skated in on a breakaway, scoring a goal to put the Golden Knights up 2-0 at 7:52 of the period.
Brown coach Brendan Whittet
The momentum swing led to two more goals in the second period as Clarkson built a 4-0 lead after Todd Christian scored at 9:19 and de Haas scored a power-play goal at 17:12.
de Haas's goal
Christian, a junior who entered the game with five career goals in 53 games, picked up his first two-goal collegiate game when he made it 5-0 Clarkson at 6:38 of the third period.
Sophomore Jordan Boucher ended the scoring for the Golden Knights with an unassisted goal at 14:17.
This week's Clarkson Video Report features a pair of freshmen who were productive last weekend in ECAC Hockey games at Harvard and Dartmouth.
Sam Vigneault, 6-foot-5 forward from Bai-Comeau, Quebec, scored goals in each of Clarkson’s road games.
Vigneault saw the Christmas break as the time when he really started to pick up college hockey better and he has two goals and one assist in the five games Clarkson (8-11-4 overall, 5-4-2 ECAC Hockey) has played since returning.
Vigneault came to Clarkson with some impressive credentials.
Last year he played for Andrew-Laurendeau in a Quebec junior league and scored 28 goals with 32 assists in 37 games.
His height immediately catches your attention, but weighing just 185 pounds when the season started one of his challenges was to put on some more muscle.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
Another freshman forward for Clarkson who had a big weekend was Janick Asselin, who scored his first career goal Saturday night against Dartmouth.
Asselin, a native of Coaticook, Quebec, had a rough first half as he missed 11 of 14 games in the first semester with an upper-body injury that carried over from his last season of junior hockey.
Making the moment even better for Asselin was that his family, including his father, Michel, attended the game.
Clarkson’s 5-2 win at Dartmouth Saturday is something the squad hopes gives them some momentum as they begin a key stretch of the conference race this weekend with home games against Brown and Yale.
It is the start of a five-game homestand for Clarkson, which will also play St. Lawrence University, defending national champion Union, and Rensselaer, before ending the regular season with four of six games on the road.
What helped give Clarkson some momentum was after blowing a lead on Friday, and losing to Harvard, Clarkson responded better Saturday after Dartmouth tied the game after falling behind 2-0.
Clarkson forward Jeff DiNallo
The Golden Knights (7-10-4 overall, 4-3-2 ECAC Hockey) face one of their biggest tests of the season Friday night when they travel to play fourth-ranked Harvard (10-2-2, 6-1-2), a team which averages 3.71 goals-per game.
Clarkson, which is currently in a three-way tie for fourth place in the ECAC Hockey standings, will face Dartmouth (6-6-3, 3-4-1) in Hanover, N.H. on Saturday night.
Friday's edition of Clarkson Notes, which will appear in the Watertown Daily Times, will feature freshman forward Brett Gervais, a native of Corona, Calif. Gervais is still looking for his first career goal, but he has made a big impact for the Golden Knights, leading the team with 24 blocked shots. He's also taken more faceoffs than any other Golden Knight, winning 51.6 percent of the time.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones on Gervais, this weekend's games as well as his reaction to Ohio State, his former employer, on winning the college football national championship earlier this week.
Finally, sophomore defenseman James de Haas talks about the challenge his unit faces tomorrow night against the Crimson.