Clarkson (7-4-3 overall)
Maine (3-6-2), Holy Cross (4-6)
7 p.m. tonight at Portland, Maine; 4 p.m. Sunday at Worcester, Mass.
Clarkson:The Golden Knights will play their next nine games away from Cheel Arena, which is the longest road trip for Clarkson in 71 years. Clarkson starts the trip on a one-game win streak after a 4-0 shutout of Dartmouth last Saturday snapped a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). Clarkson is 1-2-3 away from Cheel Arena this season.
Maine:The Black Bears enter tonight's game struggling, having gone 0-4-1 in their last five official games. The team did defeat the U.S. Under-18 team in an exhibition game on Wednesday. Maine has given up three or more goals in four of the five games and has allowed 35 goals in just 11 games.
Holy Cross:The Crusaders are playing two ECAC Hockey opponents at home this weekend, hosting Brown tonight and then Clarkson tomorrow afternoon. Holy Cross is 2-0 at home this season and has played the bulk of their games on the road. The Crusaders are giving up an average of four goals a game.
Who to Watch
Clarkson:The Golden Knights' leading scorer, Louke Oakley, returned from injury last weekend. Oakley, who has six goals and eight assists, has scored at least one point in 10 of 12 games this season. Nick Tremblay is second in scoring and leads the team in goals with seven. He has five assists. Allan McPherson has five goals and five assists. Paul Karpowich is 7-4-3 with a 1.76 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage. He has three shutouts this season.
Maine:Senior Brian Flynn, who has 123 career points, leads Maine with five goals and 10 assists. Spencer Abbott has five goals and eight assists and Joey Diamond has six goals and five assists. Dan Sullivan and Martin Ouellette have split time in goal. Sullivan has a 2-3-2 record with a 3.02 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. Oullette is 1-3 with a 3.31 gaa and an .873 save percentage.
Holy Cross:Adam Schmidt leads the Crusaders with six goals and three assists. Brandon Nunn has four goals and four assists. Mike Daly and Andrew Cox each have one goal and seven assists. Matt Ginn is 3-5 with a 3.72 gaa and an .874 save percentage.
Clarkson: PP 19.7 percent; Kill 87.3. 2 shorthanded goals, 1 allowed.
INDIVIDUALS: Ben Sexton has three power-play goals. Louke Oakley, Sam Labrecque and Julien Cayer each have two. Kevin Tansey and Jarrett Burton have shorthanded goals.
Maine: PP 18.4; Kill 78.3. 0 shorthanded goals, 5 allowed.
INDIVIDUALS: Brian Flynn, Joey Diamnod and Mark Anthoine each have two goals.
Holy Cross: PP 22.0; Kill 73.8. 0 shortanded goals, 2 allowed.
INDIVIDUALS: Adam Schmidt has four goals. Brandon Nunn and Brendan Baker each have two.
vs. Maine: Maine leads 8-5-1 and is 7-1-1 in its last nine vs. Clarkson. Last game was a 5-3 Black Bear win in the 2007 Florida College Classic. Clarkson's last win over Maine was a 3-2 victory on Jan. 12, 1996.
vs. Holy Cross: first meeting.
Odds and Ends:Clarkson will face Maine again in the Everblades Classic in Florida on Dec. 29. ... Paul Karpowich is tied for second nationally with three shutouts. He ranks third in save percentage (.943) and sixth in GAA (1.76). Clarkson's power play has gone just 2 of 27 in its last six games after starting the year 12 for 44. ... All three teams struggle when they don't have a lead. Clarkson is 6-0-1 if its scores first and 1-4-2 if it does not. Maine is 2-2-2 when it scores first and 1-4 if it does not and Holy Cross is 3-2 when scoring first and 1-4 if the opposition does.