Friday, February 10, 2017

2:00 ET Providence @ Vermont (CatamounTV)

Third through seventh in Hockey East are separated by just four points and the top-four teams start the Hockey East tournament on home ice. These games are of huge importance. Providence has a win and a tie in the season series and will take the head to head tiebreaker with a tie.

6:00 ET Dartmouth @ Rensselaer (RPI TV)

The Engineers sit just three points above Harvard for the final ECAC tournament spot. If they can gain two more points on Harvard on the weekend they’ll clinch. Dartmouth, meanwhile, is facing elimination. A win or tie in this game will give them the season series against RPI but they’ll need to win out and get a lot of help to make it.

7:00 ET Connecticut @ Maine (Maine All-Access)

While Connecticut is in the mishmash of middle Hockey East teams, Maine is fighting for their lives. They’re one point back of the final playoff spot which is held by Merrimack. Connecticut won their only meeting.

7:00 ET Boston University @ New Hampshire (UNH Athletics)

While BU has been a significantly better team in recent history, the two sit tied in the Hockey East standings with the Terriers holding the tiebreaker via their win over UNH and better performance against the other team with 20 points, Providence. With two games left the Wildcats can still take the season series over the Terriers.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

2:00 ET Connecticut @ Maine (Maine All-Access)

3:00 ET Harvard @ Rensselaer (RPI TV)

If RPI ties Dartmouth on Friday this is win and in. If they beat Dartmouth this is tie or better and in. The Engineers beat Harvard on the road earlier in their season but Harvard has been a significantly better team of late. Don’t be surprised if the Crimson close the gap.

6:00 ET (9) Quinnipiac @ (3) St. Lawrence (Saints Women’s Hockey)

The top of the ECAC could either sort itself out this weekend or become even murkier as the first and second-place teams play the fourth and fifth-place ones. The Saints need just one point to clinch home ice to start the ECAC tournament.

6:00 ET (10) Princeton @ (4) Clarkson (Clarkson Athletics TV)

Clarkson is in almost the exact same boat as St. Lawrence with the key difference being they sit one point up in first and hold the head to head tiebreaker. A four-point weekend will have them clinching one of the top two spots. If they gain three points on the Saints and don’t lose any to Cornell they’ll also clinch the ECAC crown.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

3:00 ET (9) Quinnipiac @ (4) Clarkson (Clarkson Athletics TV)

3:00 ET (10) Princeton @ (3) St. Lawrence (Saints Women’s Hockey)

Quinnipiac and Princeton both sit just one point up on Colgate who has Brown and Yale this weekend. It’s not unlikely that the worse performer between the two could find themselves on the outside looking in for home ice.

Both Clarkson and St. Lawrence undoubtedly want the ECAC crown which gives them the benefit of hosting the final two rounds of the ECAC tournament, but missing out is a nice consolation prize. The schools are just ten minutes apart from one another so as long as Cornell doesn’t play spoiler, they’ll both be playing in fairly friendly confines.