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At a glance: Quick facts on the holiday tournaments

Here’s a quick look at the seven holiday tournaments for 2012, playing out Friday through Monday.

Florida College Classic

Teams: No. 11 Cornell (6-3-2), No. 19 Ferris State (7-7-3), Maine (2-11-2), Minnesota-Duluth (7-8-3).

Where: Germain Arena, Estero, Fla.

Schedule: Friday — Cornell vs. Ferris State, 4 p.m. EST; Maine vs. Minnesota-Duluth, 7:30 p.m. EST. Saturday — Third-place game, 4 p.m. EST; Championship game, 7:30 p.m. EST.

Combined winning percentage: 0.443, seventh of seven holiday tournaments.

A note: The tournament is the only one of the seven in which all four teams made the NCAA field of 16 last season.

Three Rivers Classic

Teams: No. 5 Miami (11-3-4), Ohio State (7-6-5), Penn State (7-8), Robert Morris (7-4-2).

Where: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.

Schedule: Friday — Penn State vs. Robert Morris, 4:30 p.m. EST; Miami vs. Ohio State, 7:30 p.m. EST. Saturday — Third-place game, 4:30 p.m.; Championship game, 7:30 p.m. EST.

Combined winning percentage: 0.586, first of seven holiday tournaments.

A note: The first-year event features a semifinal game between the two teams most recently added to Division I hockey: Robert Morris (2004) and Penn State (2012).

UConn Hockey Classic

Teams: American International (4-8-3), Brown (3-5-4), Connecticut (4-7-2), No. 18 Minnesota State (10-6-2).

Where: Freitas Ice Forum, Storrs, Conn.

Schedule: Saturday — Brown vs. Minnesota State, 4 p.m. EST; American International at Connecticut, 7:15 p.m. EST. Sunday — Third-place game, 4 p.m. EST; Championship game, 7:15 p.m. EST.

Combined winning percentage: 0.457, fifth of seven holiday tournaments.

A note: The American International-Connecticut semifinal game counts in the Atlantic Hockey standings.

Mariucci Classic

Teams: Air Force (5-7-4), Alabama-Huntsville (3-14-1), No. 1 Boston College (11-2-1), No. 4 Minnesota (11-3-3).

Where: Mariucci Arena, Minneapolis.

Schedule: Saturday — Alabama-Huntsville vs. Boston College, 4 p.m. CST; Air Force at Minnesota, 7 p.m. CST. Sunday — Air Force vs. Alabama-Huntsville, 4 p.m. CST; Boston College at Minnesota, 7 p.m. CST.

TV: Minnesota games on Fox Sports North Plus.

Combined winning percentage: 0.531, third of seven holiday tournaments.

A note: Boston College’s Jerry York needs one win to become the all-time college hockey coaching wins leader.

Great Lakes Invitational

Teams: Michigan (6-9-2), Michigan State (5-10-2), Michigan Tech (4-10-3), No. 8 Western Michigan (11-4-1).

Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit.

Schedule: Saturday — Michigan State vs. Western Michigan, 3:30 p.m. EST; Michigan vs. Michigan Tech, 7 p.m. EST. Sunday — Third-place game, 3:30 p.m. EST; Championship game, 7 p.m. EST.

TV: Fox Sports Detroit.

Combined winning percentage: 0.448, sixth of seven holiday tournaments.

A note: The tournament was originally scheduled to be played outdoors at Detroit’s Comerica Park but it moved back indoors when the NHL’s Winter Classic was canceled.

Catamount Cup

Teams: Merrimack (6-7-3), Princeton (3-6-3), No. 13 Union (8-3-4), Vermont (4-8-4).

Where: Gutterson Fieldhouse, Burlington, Vt.

Schedule: Saturday — Merrimack vs. Princeton, 4 p.m. EST; Union at Vermont, 7 p.m. EST. Sunday — Merrimack vs. Union, 4 p.m. EST; Princeton at Vermont, 7 p.m. EST.

TV: Vermont games on WCAX, Channel 3, Burlington, Vt.

Combined winning percentage: 0.475, fourth of seven holiday tournaments.

A note: Host Vermont has won only three of the 15 previous tournaments (2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10 seasons).

Ledyard Classic

Teams: Bemidji State (5-8-3), No. 10 Dartmouth (7-2-2), Massachusetts (5-9-2), No. 2 New Hampshire (11-2-2).

Where: Thompson Arena, Hanover, N.H.

Schedule: Sunday — Bemidji State vs. Massachusetts, 4 p.m. EST; New Hampshire at Dartmouth, 7 p.m. EST. Monday — Bemidji State/Massachusetts vs. New Hampshire, 4 p.m. EST; Bemidji State/Massachusetts vs. Dartmouth, 7 p.m. EST.

Combined winning percentage: 0.560, second of seven holiday tournaments.

A note: Host Dartmouth has won the tournament, previously known as the Auld Lang Syne Classic, six times but most recently in 2008. New Hampshire has won four but most recently in 1986.


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  • Joe

    “The tournament (Florida College Classic) is the only one of the seven in which all four teams made the NCAA field of 16 last season.” And might send none this season.

  • Leggs2

    Could be. I see the Big Red there.

  • Leggs2

    Cornell over Ferris State.

  • 4life4america

    Here comes the ECAC … no longer college hockey’s doormat.

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