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 — If the Clarkson men’s hockey team wanted to use Saturday’s exhibition contest against Montreal’s McGill University as a way to prepare for the season they certainly got what they were looking for.
The Golden Knights won a scrappier-than-expected contest 4-3 before 1,949 fans at Cheel Arena and were not sure of the outcome until the clock hit 0.
Not only was the game tight, it also became a bit mean-spirited as there were several skirmishes during the contest, which saw a total of 108 penalty minutes and four players earn game misconducts, including Clarkson defenseman Kevin Tansey and forward Janick Asselin.
“We knew (McGill) was a good team and they were a good test,” Clarkson coach Casey Jones said. “We faced some adversity in the game. When we played our game, I thought we were effective tonight. I thought we came through the neutral zone with pretty-good speed. We haven’t even touched four-on-four (in practices) or thought about those scenarios, and they were all presented tonight in this game. I thought it was a good test and I thought our penalty kill got tested at a good time there, so I’m happy overall. It was a game that can use some video to develop for next weekend.”
Clarkson officially opens the season at 7 p.m. Friday with a game at Cheel Arena against RIT, a team which went 20-15-5 last year and reached the NCAA quarterfinals.
The Golden Knights got a chance to showcase what they hope is an improved offense early Saturday when McGill’s Alex Chenevert was called for roughing at 2 minutes, 21 seconds of the first period.
Just 24 seconds into the first unofficial power play of the season, Clarkson assistant captain Jeff DiNallo scored a goal on a wrist shot from just outside the crease, with assists going to Paul Geiger and Terrance Amorosa.
“I saw a wide-open net,” DiNallo said. “We had some good puck movement on the power play there. All I did was put it in the back there. It gives you some confidence when you know your power play is working well, and we worked well all game. We’re only going to build from there.”
Clarkson struck again just after a power play ended on a rebound goal from defenseman Kelly Summers after shots taken by Sam Vigneault and James de Haas. Summers’ goal gave Clarkson a 2-0 lead at 9:45 of the opening period.
“I was just going to the net and I was just fortunate enough the rebound came out there,” Summers said. “I had the whole net to put it in. I was hoping I could hit the back of the net. I think we played pretty well as a team. It was the first game of the year so there will be mistakes, sometimes, but I thought we played pretty well and played a good defensive game.”
McGill answered Clarkson’s early success with two quick goals late in the first period to tie the game 2-2. Patrick Delisle-Houde scored first for the Redmen at 17:07 of the first period and then former Clarkson defenseman Sam Labrecque tied the game for the Redmen with a power-play goal at 18:01.
Clarkson regained control of the game early in the second period when Pat Megannety scored at 1:52 off assists from Marly Quince and Amorosa to give Clarkson the lead for good at 3-2.
The Golden Knights added another goal at 9:37 on a shot from Jordan Boucher that appeared to go in when McGill goalie Jacob Chervais-Chouirard knocked the puck in with his own glove. McGill answered with a goal at 17:43 of the second period on a shot from Delisle-Houde, but neither team scored in the third.
“It’s a good test,” said Geiger, Clarkson’s captain. “I thought we worked hard. We battled pretty hard. I think we were a little too aggressive, at times. I liked the enthusiasm we brought. It’s a long season and we’re going to get better every day. That was a good test for us moving forward.”
Massena native Mark Miller scored the go-ahead goal 85 seconds into the third period to give Rensselaer a 3-2 win over Clarkson in game one of a best-of-three ECAC Hockey first round men's hockey playoff series at Cheel Arena Friday night.
Clarkson finds itself in the same position as a year ago when it fell in overtime to Princeton in game one at Cheel Arena and rallied to win the next two games to advance to the quarterfinals.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
RPI coach Seth Appert
RPI's top offensive player Friday night was Milos Bubela, who scored the first and third goals for the Engineers.
Clarkson's top line was the Pat Megannety, Brett Gervais and Joe Zarbo line, which produced both goals for the Golden Knights. Megannety scored Clarkson's first goal and Gervais scored with 10.7 seconds left in the game.
For the second time in the last four years Clarkson will be hosting Rensselaer in a first-round ECAC Hockey playoff series.
The Golden Knights (11-18-5 overall, 8-11-3 ECAC Hockey) earned the No. 8 seed in the playoffs after picking up a 3-3 tie at No. 9 RPI last Friday night.
The Engineers (10-23-3, 8-12-2) defeated Clarkson in three games in a first-round series in 2012 at Cheel Arena.
This week's interviews are with Clarkson head coach Casey Jones, senior defenseman James Howden, an assistant captain who scored the goal that earned Clarkson home ice, and junior assistant captain Jeff DiNallo.
By CAP CAREY
POTSDAM — It was a bit tougher Saturday but the Clarkson University women’s hockey team turned in another dominant performance to defeat Dartmouth College 4-1 and sweep an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series at Cheel Arena.
The Golden Knights (24-9-3 overall), who won the ECAC Hockey regular-season title for a second straight year, will host the league’s championship event this weekend, facing Cornell in semifinal at 1 p.m. Saturday. Harvard will meet Quinnipiac in the second semifinal at 4 p.m. and the championship game will begin at 2 p.m. next Sunday.
Clarkson didn’t score early like it did in a 6-0 win Friday, but the Golden Knights still controlled the Big Green for most of the game, finishing with a 55-27 advantage in shots.
Clarkson coach Matt Desrosiers
The first goal of the game came late in the second period as freshman Amanda Titus scored a power-play goal at 16 minutes, 21 seconds, two seconds after a Clarkson power-play had ended.
Junior defenseman Renata Fast put in a backhander during another power play to make it 2-0 at 5:52 of the third period. There was a long video review before Fast’s goal was credited.
Clarkson assistant captain Olivia Howe
Clarkson made it 3-0 on a nice play by Christine Lambert, who took a shot between her own legs that also went between the legs of Dartmouth goalie Robyn Chemago during a power play at 10:16 of the third period.
Clarkson captain Shannon MacAulay
The Big Green (13-15-2) started to get frustrated after falling behind by more goals and wound up giving Clarkson three power-play chances in the third period.
Cayley Mercer scored her third goal of the series at 12:57 to extend the Golden Knights lead to 4-0.
Dartmouth finally got a shot past Clarkson freshman goalie Shea Tiley at 16:04 of the third period with a goal from Karlee Odland. It was the first goal in Cheel Arena for the Big Green since 2011, ending a scoreless streak of 441 minutes, 5 seconds.
“I thought we competed better today,” Dartmouth coach Mark Hudak said. “In the third period we took a couple undisciplined penalties. The kids got frustrated. That’s certainly one of the differences out there. Clarkson is a good team. We got them to bend a little bit, but we couldn’t get them to break.”
Earlier in the third period, when it was still 1-0, Tiley stopped a breakaway attempt by Odland with her leg pad. She finished with 47 saves on 48 shots in the series.
The Golden Knights now face fourth-seeded Cornell in a semifinal. The Big Red upset Clarkson 1-0 at Cheel Arena last year in the championship game and earlier this season routed the Golden Knights 8-3 at Cheel Arena. Clarkson skated to a 1-1 tie with Cornell in Lynah Rink.