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.
POTSDAM — Home-ice advantage is something hockey teams work to earn during the regular season, but for some reason the Clarkson University men’s hockey team has been better on the road this season than it has in Cheel Arena.
Clarkson (3-5-4 overall, 1-1-2 ECAC Hockey) is 3-2-3 in road games this season but is 0-3-1 in home games and has been outscored 14-6 in its own building.
The Golden Knights will attempt to turn those numbers around tomorrow when they host first-place Quinnipiac (7-2-1, 4-0) at 7 and then Princeton (1-4-1, 1-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday night.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
Clarkson was 13-6-2 at home last year, but just 5-4-2 in ECAC Hockey games.
Clarkson defenseman Kevin Tansey
Clarkson’s offense has struggled so far this season, averaging just 1.83 goals-per game. But one reason why Clarkson’s scoring is down is the Golden Knights have not been able to take advantage of power-play opportunities.
Through 12 games Clarkson is just 2 of 33 on the power play, a 6.1 conversion rate. One of the goals was an empty-net goal late in a game.
Clarkson hasn’t scored a power-play goal since Oct. 25 against Bowling Green.
Clarkson forward Troy Josephs
FIRST FOR MEGANNETY
Junior Pat Megannety had plenty of chances to score this season, but for some reason he was not able to get anything past a goaltender.
At least until last Friday when he finally picked up his first goal of the season in a game against Cornell. Through 12 games he has one goal in 35 shots.
Clarkson forward Pat Megannety
Arizona State University, the defending national club hockey champion, announced Tuesday it plans to elevate its men’s hockey program to NCAA Division I status over the next three years.
The Sun Devils, based in Tempe, a suburb of Phoenix, will play a mixed schedule next year of club teams and NCAA Division I squads. The following year Arizona State plans on playing a full NCAA Schedule and then hopes to join a conference in the 2017-18 season, with the National Collegiate Hockey Conference the best option, seeing as it has the only other western schools in the continental United States, Colorado College and Denver.
Clarkson (3-4-3 overall, 1-0-1 conference) opened ECAC Hockey play last weekend with a 2-2 tie at Yale and a 2-1 win at Brown.
The Golden Knights continue their road trip this weekend by playing at Cornell (0-3-1, 0-2) at 7 tonight and at Colgate (7-3, 1-1) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Clarkson played the Big Red in Lynah Rink in an ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series in March, losing the decisive third game 1-0 in overtime.
This weekend's videos feature Clarkson assistant coach Phil Roy (head coach Casey Jones had an appointment Wednesday and was unavailable), assistant captain Jeff DiNallo, sophomore defenseman James de Haas and junior foward Todd Christian, who grew up 30 minutes from Yale's campus and scored a goal there in Friday's game.
James de Haas
Clarkson opens ECAC Hockey play this weekend with a game at 7 p.m. tomorrow against Yale and a game at 7 p.m. Saturday against Brown.
The Golden Knights (2-4-2 overall) got off to a strong start, sweeping Niagara and RIT on the road to begin the season. But Clarkson has not won a game in the last three weekends, going 0-4-2 in contests against Vermont, Bowling Green and St. Lawrence University.
This week's video report features head coach Casey Jones, captain Paul Geiger, junior forward Simon Bessette, who missed 22 games with an injury and returned last weekend, and freshman forward Nic Pierog.
Coach Casey Jones
By CAP CAREY
POTSDAM — After his two games of the Clarkson/St. Lawrence University rivalry it’s pretty evident that Saints freshman goalie Kyle Hayton is not the type to be intimidated.
Hayton made 30 saves and became the first Saints goalie since Bill Sloan in the 1952-53 season to shut out a Clarkson team in Potsdam, as SLU defeated Clarkson 4-0 Saturday night before 3,825 fans in a nonconference game at Cheel Arena.
Hayton, who is 6-foot, 160 pounds, isn’t physically imposing, but he stood tall in front of his net, stopping 64 of 66 shots in pair of games this weekend, a 97-percent clip.
He also was not intimidated either night by the Clarkson pep band and student sections. When the students chanted, “Bend over” to him, while he was standing, on Friday he cupped his glove to his head like he couldn’t hear them. When the same chant started again Saturday night he waited a moment, bent over in the net for a split second, and stood right back up.
Saints goalie Kyle Hayton
Hayton is a welcome addition to a Saints team which has struggled against Clarkson the past four seasons. Heading into this season SLU had gone 1-9-1 against the Golden Knights and prior to Saturday’s game the Saints had a six-game winless streak against the Golden Knights (0-4-2).
SLU coach Greg Carvel
After a 2-2 tie Friday night at Appleton Arena, in the first Clarkson/SLU game to feature no penalties since a 1963 ECAC consolation game, Clarkson (2-4-2 overall) came out aggressive Saturday and controlled play in the first period.
SLU (4-3-1) had the first scoring chance, however, when the puck hopped just over the stick of Christian Horn, who had an open net in front of him. But the Saints did not record their first official shot until 8 minutes, 5 seconds of the opening period.
Clarkson outshot the Saints 12-4 in the opening period, but SLU was the first team to score when Chris Martin got to a loose puck near the circle and put a shot over Clarkson goalie Steve Perry’s shoulder and just under the crossbar at 18:47. It was the fourth career goal for Martin against the Golden Knights.
Clarkson coach Casey Jones
Horn had another chance to score 93 seconds into the second period, but Perry made a quick snag of a close shot with his glove.
Clarkson’s Janick Asselin was called for hooking at 12:23 of the second period and the Saints capitalized with a power-play goal from Mike Marnell at 13:16 to go ahead 2-0.
After being outshot 23-10 in the first two periods, SLU played more defensive in the third period and outshot Clarkson 9-7.
The Saints put the game out of reach when senior captain Gunnar Hughes scored with exactly three minutes left in the game. Hughes added a shorthanded, empty-net goal with 1:11 left to end the scoring and give the Saints their first win over Clarkson since a 4-1 victory in Lake Placid in 2011.
Saints captain Gunnar Hughes
Along with a frustrating defeat against a rival, Saturday’s loss also extends Clarkson’s current winless streak to six games (0-4-2). The Golden Knights start ECAC Hockey play next weekend with road games at Yale and Brown, followed by road games at Cornell and Colgate before they return home to host Quinnipiac on Nov. 21.
Clarkson assistant captain James Howden