ALBANY — Defending ECAC Hockey Tournament champion Clarkson is picked to finish third this season in the annual preseason poll conducted by the men’s ECAC Hockey coaches.
The Golden Knights received one first-place vote and finished with 100 total points. Cornell, the regular-season champion who Clarkson beat in the tournament title game, received eight first-place votes and 118 total points. Quinnipiac received three first-place votes and was second with 109 points.
Following Clarkson is Harvard (93), Yale (74), Dartmouth (68), Brown (61), Union (57), Rensselaer (31), Princeton (31), Colgate (29) and St. Lawrence University with 21.
Clarkson is the only team in the league that has played in the last two tournament championship games, losing in overtime to Princeton in 2018. The Golden Knights have also made two straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Clarkson returns several of its top players from last year but did lose standout goalie Jake Kielly and standout forward Nico Sturm a year early to National Hockey League contracts.
Golden Knight senior Haralds Egle is one of three forwards chosen to the first team. He led Clarkson with 19 goals last year and was on the ECAC Hockey second team.
The other first-team forwards are Cornell’s Morgan Barron and Quinnipiac’s Odeen Tufto. The first-team defensemen are Cornell’s Yanni Kaldis and Harvard’s Reilly Walsh and Cornell’s Matthew Galajda is the first-team goalie.
ST. LAWRENCE 3, SUNY POTSDAM 2
Julia Mulhern scored the game-winning goal in the 67th minute as St. Lawrence University (5-1) defeated the Bears in a nonconference game in Potsdam.
Isabel Silvia scored two goals in the first 14 minutes to give the Saints a 2-0 lead. The Bears (4-4) responded with goals from Lexi Dean in the 30th and 40th minutes to tie the game.
CLARKSON 4, SUNY CANTON 0
The Golden Knights scored four goals in the first half to defeat SUNY Canton (2-3-2) in a nonconference game in Potsdam.
Ben Root, John Furcick, Kyle Jackson and Mack Walton scored for the Golden Knights (3-3).
UTICA 2, SUNY POTSDAM 0
Randy Miksch made five saves as the Pioneers shut out the Bears (2-5-1) in a nonconference game in Utica.
Patrick Hynes scored in the third minute and Jhonny Theze scored in the 76th for the Pioneers (4-1-1).
SUNY POTSDAM 3, SUNY PLATTSBURGH 0
Jessica Alder supplied 11 kills to lead SUNY Potsdam to a 25-21, 25-20, 25-22 sweep of Plattsburgh (4-7, 0-1) in the SUNYAC opener for each team in Plattsburgh.
Emma Price tallied nine kills and Mikayla Myers added seven for the Bears (3-6, 1-0).