March 17, 2010

Quinnipiac Men's Ice Hockey's Dan Clarke Named ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week

Quinnipiac University sophomore Dan Clarke (Belleville, Ont.) was named the ECAC Hockey Goalie of the Week after a record-breaking performance against Union in the ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals this past weekend. Clarke recorded 73 saves in the Bobcats 3-2 win against Union on Friday, March 12 in the first game of the ECAC Hockey Quarters in what would turn out to be the longest game (150:22) in NCAA history.

Clarke's 73 saves passed Justin Eddy's 58 against St. Lawrence on Nov. 3, 2000, and also passed Nick Boucher and Yann Danis' 66 saves from 2002 and 2003, respectively. Clarke's previous high of 44 saves came against Ohio State on Oct. 9 earlier this year. In the three game series, Clarke stopped 135 of 142 shots-on-goal for a .951 save percentage while also posting a 1.57 goals-against average.

The honor is Clarke's fourth this season, giving him the most of all ECAC Hockey goalies. Princeton's Zane Kalemba, St. Lawrence's Kain Tisi and Union's Keith Kinkade are the only other goalies in ECAC Hockey this season to win the award three times. Clarke finished the 2009-10 season with an overall record of 15-15-2 with a 2.52 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. For his career, Clarke is 20-21-3 with a 2.60 GAA and a .907 save percentage. Clarke is the first Quinnipiac goalie to stop 91% of opponents shots-on-goal and also post a GAA under 2.60 in a season since Jamie Holden had a save percentage of .915 and a GAA of 2.55 during the 2004-05 season.