Series Starts Friday at 7 on ESPN+
The Yale hockey team travels to Potsdam, N.Y., this weekend for a best-of-three, quarterfinal series against Clarkson that begins Friday night at 7. The puck drops for game two on Saturday at 7, while a third game (if necessary) would be 7 pm on Sunday. All the contests air live on ESPN+ and on Stretch Internet (international).
No. 6 Yale advanced from the ECAC Hockey first round playoffs to the quarters by beating No. 11 RPI. All the home teams advanced, so the Bulldogs get No. 3 Clarkson in the battle for a conference semifinal spot next weekend at Lake Placid. The tournament champion earns an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Yale is 1-4-1 (all quarterfinal meetings) against the Knights in the conference playoffs and 0-4 at Potsdam. The last time they met in the post season was a 1997 series at Clarkson. In an overall series that dates to 1929-30, the Golden Knights have a 74-39-7 lead.
Yale and Clarkson split the season series with both road teams claiming wins, 2-1 at Potsdam and 4-2 at New Haven. The Bulldogs scored twice in both games against Jake Kielly on shots by four different skaters. The Elis, who had a 67-39 advantage in shots, went 2-for-8 on the power play while the Knights scored twice on six attempts. Sam Tucker made 19 saves in the win at Cheel Arena; Corbin Kaczperski (9 saves) had the start at the Whale and Tucker came on to make six stops.
Eight different Yale players scored goals in last weekend's series sweep of RPI at the Whale. Corbin Kaczperski made a pair of amazing saves to highlight Friday's 4-1 win. Sam Tucker got the shutout the next night with 25 saves in a 4-0 decision. Joe Snively led the way on offense with a goal and four points combined, while blueliner Jack St. Ivany chipped in a goal and two assists.
UNDER COACH ALLAIN
Yale is 24-22 under Keith Allain in ECAC post-season contests since the first in 2007. The best streak in that span was 5 wins between 2011 and 2012. Allain has never coached against Clarkson in the conference playoffs.
Clarkson (22-10-2), No. 11 in the Division I Pairwise Rankings, is on a 5-game unbeaten streak that includes a win over Harvard, a victory at Quinnipiac and a tie with Cornell. The Knights are 12-3-1 at home this season.
THIS WEEKEND IN ECAC HOCKEY
No. 8 Brown at No. 1 Quinnipiac: Friday: 7 p.m., Saturday: 7 p.m., Sunday (if necessary): 4 p.m.
No. 7 Union at No. 2 Cornell: Friday: 7 p.m., Saturday: 7 p.m., Sunday (if necessary): 4 p.m.
No. 5 Dartmouth at No. 4 Harvard: Friday: 7 p.m., Saturday: 7 p.m., Sunday (if necessary): 4 p.m.
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