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Four Ivies Ready for ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals

Four Ivies Ready for ECAC Hockey Quarterfinals

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Four Ivies—Harvard, Cornell, Princeton and Yale—will participate in the quarterfinals of the 12-team ECAC Hockey postseason tournament from Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12.

LEAGUE NOTES

  • A pair of Ivies are ranked in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Harvard (No. 2/2) and Cornell (No. 9/9) are ranked in the latest editions.  
  • Harvard captured the Ivy League title with a 4-2 victory at Yale on Feb. 17. The Crimson posted an 8-1-1 mark in League play to earn back-to-back Ivy crowns for the first time since 1993-94.
  • Harvard also clinched a share of the ECAC Hockey regular-season title by way of its 6-3 victory over St. Lawrence on Feb. 25 and Cornell’s 3-3 tie with Union.
  • Harvard and Cornell earned byes to the ECAC Hockey quarterfinal round by virtue of their first and third place finishes during the regular season.
  • Princeton and Yale advanced to the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals by winning their best-of-three first round matchups on March 3-5. Princeton needed three games to topple Colgate, after dropping the opener 3-2 in overtime. The Tigers rallied for a 4-3 overtime victory on March 4 and a 2-1 win on March 5. Yale swept Dartmouth, winning 6-1 on March 3 and 3-2 in overtime on March 4.
  • Brown fell to Quinnipiac in the ECAC Hockey first round in two games, losing 6-1 on March 3 and 5-1 on March 4.
  • Yale sophomore goaltender Sam Tucker named the ECAC Hockey Avision Ahead Goaltender of the Week on March 8.
  • The Ivy League has claimed 28-of-51 ECAC Hockey Avision Ahead Men’s Weekly Awards since the start of Ivy League play on Oct. 28.

No. 8 Yale at No. 1 Harvard Preview | Live Video on ECACHockey.com
  • Harvard and Yale battled to a 1-1 tie in the regular-season opener on Jan. 21, before the Crimson took game two on Feb. 17 at Yale by a 4-2 margin.
  • Harvard is 22-5-2 on the year, while Yale sits at 13-13-5.
  • The Crimson’s high-powered offense features five student-athletes who have tallied at least 30 points this season—senior forward Alexander Kerfoot (14-23—37), sophomore forward Ryan Donato (18-17—35), senior forward Tyler Moy (16-18—34), freshman defenseman Adam Fox (5-27—32) and senior forward Sean Malone (14-18—32).
  • Junior goaltender Merrick Madsen anchors the Harvard back line with a .918 save percentage and 2.17 goals against average.
  • Offensively, the Bulldogs are led by sophomore forward Joe Snively (12-23—35) and senior forward John Hayden (20-12—32).
  • Yale senior goaltender Patrick Spano has a .903 save percentage and 2.70 goals against average, while sophomore goaltender Sam Tucker boasts a .907 saver percentage and a 2.72 goals against average.  
  • The schedule for the best-of-three quarterfinals is as follows: Friday, March 10, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 12, 7 p.m. (if necessary).

No. 7 Princeton at No. 2 Union Preview | Live Video on ECACHockey.com
  • Union swept the regular-season series with a 7-3 win at Princeton on Dec. 2 and a 4-2 win at home on Feb. 18.
  • Union owns a 23-8-3 record, while Princeton is 15-14-3.
  • Offensively, the Tigers are led by a trio of underclassmen—sophomore forward Max Veronneau (11-21—32), sophomore forward Ryan Kuffner (18-14—32) and freshman forward Jackson Cressey (7-25—32).
  • Senior goaltender Colton Phinney—the Tigers’ all-time saves leader—anchors the Princeton back line with a .911 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average.
  • The schedule for the best-of-three quarterfinals is as follows: Friday, March 10, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 12, 7 p.m. (if necessary).

No. 6 Clarkson at No. 3 Cornell Preview | Live Video on ECACHockey.com
  • Cornell and Clarkson battled to a pair of 3-3 ties during the regular season. The first came on Cornell’s home ice on Jan. 20, with the second at Clarkson on Feb. 18.
  • Cornell possesses an 18-6-5 overall mark, while Clarkson is 17-4-5.
  • Offensively, the Big Red boast four 20-point scorers in sophomore forward Mitch Vanderlaan (14-12—26), senior defenseman Patrick McCarron (5-17—22), junior forward Trevor Yates (11-10—21) and senior forward Jake Weidner (7-13—20).
  • Senior net-minder Mitch Gillam boasts a .921 save percentage and 2.12 goals against average this season.
  • The schedule for the best-of-three quarterfinals is as follows: Friday, March 10, 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 11, 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 12, 4 p.m. (if necessary).