Clarkson advances in NCAA hockey tournament

Clarkson wins
PHOTOGRAPHER:

The last time Clarkson reached the NCAA Hockey Frozen Four was 1991.

On Friday, two players that wear numbers 19 and 91 put the Golden Knights on the brink of a trip to Denver for the Frozen Four.

David Cayer (No. 19) and Shea Guthire (No. 91) rallied third-seeded Clarkson from a one-goal deficit to beat second-seeded St. Cloud State, 2-1, in the East Regional semifinal at the Times Union Center.

The 11th-ranked Knights (22-12-4) will meet the winner of the second semifinal between top-seeded Michigan and fourth-seeded Niagara in the final at 7 p.m. tonight. The winner of that game gets a berth in the Frozen Four April 10-12.

Clarkson coach George Roll was an assistant coach in 1991, when the Knights lost to Boston University, 7-3, in the NCAA semifinal in St. Paul, Minn. The irony wasn’t lost on him.

“For a program like us, it’s been too long,” Roll said. “[It] was a special year, a special group of guys and I feel the same way about this group.”

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