Friday, February 17, 2017
6:00 ET (3) Clarkson @ Colgate (Patriot League Network)
The Golden Knights have clinched the ECAC top seed and hosting duties for the final two rounds of the ECAC tournament. Any points this weekend will prevent St. Lawrence from achieving a tie for first and the obnoxious shared title the ECAC hands out for points ties even though we totally have tiebreakers that can decide who wins the conference in the event of a tie.
6:00 ET Rensselaer @ (10) Quinnipiac (Quinnipiac All-Access)
Quinnipiac can rise as high as fourth in the ECAC. They sit two back of Colgate and one back of Princeton. They hold the head to head tiebreaker on the Raiders, but not the Tigers. Home ice is probably not that big of a get but considering the tightly-packed middle of the ECAC it might make all the difference.
RPI has a more intriguing weekend. They sit three points up on Harvard for the final playoff spot but they play 12-6-2 Princeton and 11-6-3 Quinnipiac. Meanwhile Harvard has 8-10-2 Yale and 3-17-0 Brown. Luckily for the Engineers they swept Harvard this season, including a 4-1 win last weekend, so they hold the head to head tiebreaker. They may well need it.
7:00 ET Merrimack @ Vermont (CatamounTV)
Vermont and Merrimack will Rally Against Cancer at the Gutterson Fieldhouse. Vermont can still rise as high as third in Hockey East. They sit one point back of Boston University and tied with Providence (while losing the head to head tiebreaker). For Merrimack they need to gain at least one point on Maine for the final Hockey East tournament spot. (The Warriors hold the head to head tiebreaker.)
Saturday, February 18, 2017
3:00 ET (5) St. Lawrence @ Colgate (Patriot League Network)
This could be a do or die game for St. Lawrence or it may not matter much. If the Saints take care of business against Cornell on Friday with a win or tie they’ll clinch the second spot in the ECAC and the gift of playing Yale who will finish .500 or worse. If Cornell wins on Friday the Saints drop to number three and are looking at the worst among Colgate, Princeton, or Quinnipiac, all good teams.
Colgate currently holds on to the final home spot in the ECAC but with Clarkson and St. Lawrence this weekend, and the two teams below them seeing RPI and Union, that is a tenuous hold. Worse still, they would lose the tiebreaker to both teams (Princeton and Quinnipiac). It will probably take a four-point weekend to hold that spot. However if they can find something against top teams they’ve lacked all year, Cornell has the same opponents. The number three seed is in play.
3:00 ET Union @ (10) Quinnipiac (Quinnipiac All-Access)
If the ECAC games go by where teams are in the standings this game will see Quinnipiac looking for a win and hoping Princeton loses to an RPI team fighting for their tournament lives. Should those things happen, Quinnipiac will move into the fourth spot and home ice to start the ECAC tournament.
4:00 ET Merrimack @ Vermont (CatamounTV)
Sunday, February 19, 2017
3:00 ET Maine @ Boston University (Terrier TV)
Boston University can clinch third in Hockey East with a win or tie while Maine might need a win themselves to stay ahead of Merrimack. Third would have BU facing New Hampshire or Connecticut. The Terriers are 3-0-0 against the Wildcats and 1-2-0 against the Huskies.