The SHL selected New York Night G Jesse Clarkson as its Player of the Week. Clarkson was outstanding in net for the Night this week, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 1.00 GAA and a .974 save percentage. For the season to date, he sports a 5-1-0 record with a 1.50 GAA and a .960 save percentage, among the league’s best. Clarkson’s heroics in the crease helped lead New York to an undefeated week, which lifted them into first place in the East.
On Sunday, Clarkson stopped 36 shots as the Night melted Hershey 5-1. On Tuesday, facing Hamilton at Neon Sky Center, the netminder came up with 38 saves – including several highlight-reel stops – in a 6-1 rout that knocked the Pistols out of the division lead. On Saturday against Washington, Clarkson came up with 37 stops and stymied six Galaxy power plays on the way to a 4-1 victory.
“I know everyone thinks we’re all about scoring goals and slinging insults, but Jesse’s the guy making it happen in the crease,” said New York coach Nick Foster. “He’s never had the reputation of a guy like [Dirk] Lundquist or [Riki] Tiktuunen, but he’s been consistently strong. Anyone who wants to write us off or say we’re a flash in the pan, Jesse’s gonna have something to say about that.”