For the second straight weekend the Golden Knights are hosting a team called the Falcons, with an 0-2 record, in a nonconference series.
Last weekend it was Bowling Green, this weekend it's the first-ever meeting with Atlantic Hockey's Bentley Falcons.
Clarkson (2-2) is playing games three and four of a 10-game stretch of games either in Cheel Arena or Lake Placid. The Golden Knights split a pair of home games with Bowling Green last weekend, winning 4-0 on Friday and losing 3-0 on Saturday.
Bentley opened its season last weekend by playing a pair of road games against ECAC Hockey teams. The Falcons lost 3-2 at Quinnipiac on Friday and then lost 3-0 at Rensselaer on Saturday.
Stat of the Night:Clarkson has scored 10 goals in its two wins and is scoreless in its two losses.
Who to Watch
Clarkson:To look at goalie Paul Karpowich's numbers, it's hard to fathom that he gave up five goals in just two periods in his first start. So far this season he has a 2.46 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. Jake Morley is the only Golden Knight with more than one goal. The Ogdensburg native has two goals and one assist. Defenseman Bryan Rufenach leads the team in scoring with one goal and three assists. Brandon DeFazio and Mike Garlasco each have one goal and two assists. Garlaso also leads the team with a plus-three rating.
Bentley:The only two players with goals for the Falcons this season are Mike Switzer and Aaron Stonacek. The team's returning leading scorer is sophomore Joe Campanelli, who had 10 goals and 15 assists. Bentley used a different goalie in each of its games. Komm Branden has a 3.00 goals-against average and an .875 save percentage and Kyle Rank has a 3.06 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
Special Teams Outlook
Clarkson:There are good and bad things to say so far about Clarkson's special teams. The bad has been the power play, which so far is 0-for-18 with just 23 shots on goal. The good is the penalty kill, which has gone 20-for-22 (91 percent). Opponents have taken 43 shots on the power play.
Bentley:The Falcons have struggled on special teams. Bentley is just 1-for-10 on the power play, with the lone goal coming from Switzer. The Falcons have killed only 9 of 13 penalties (69.2 percent). Last year Bentley scored on 15.4 percent of its power plays and had a kill rate of 80.7 percent.
Stats and Notes:This is the first meeting between the programs, but there are some connections between the two schools. Clarkson athletic director Steve Yianoukos's son, John, played in 41 games for Bentley from 1999-2001, scoring five goals. Current Clarkson freshman Matt Zarbo's older brother, Mark, spent one year at Bentley (2006-07) before transferring to Rensselaer and former Golden Knight Marc Zwicky transferred to Bentley after being cut prior to the 2003-04 season. ... Bentley was 12-19-4 last season and went 10-15-3 in Atlantic Hockey, finishing in eighth place. ... Clarkson's freshman class has accounted for 32 percent of the team's scoring with two goals and six assists through four games. ... Corey Tamblyn has been the most effective Golden Knight on faceoffs this season with a 45-35 record (.562 percent).