Cornell stops the bleeding, and Yale finds a way

A few things gleaned from the weekend in ECAC Hockey:

Cornell stops the bleeding

It wasn’t the result they wanted on Friday, but it was a start. Either way, it was the first successful weekend the Big Red has had since Jan. 9 — a 0-5-1 stretch. After a 2-2 tie with Quinnipiac and a 1-0 victory over Princeton, Cornell now hopes it has turned a corner. The drop cost the Big Red spots in the national rankings and their place in the ECAC Hockey standings. But with Brown and Yale coming to town next week, maybe they can continue to put the past few weeks in the rear-view mirror.

Yale finding a way

It couldn’t have gotten much better for the Bulldogs last weekend, two decisive wins over No. 20 Dartmouth and No. 7 Harvard. Consistency has been an issue for Yale this season, but the team seems like it’s geared up for a late-season surge in the standings. Yale has gone 7-1-2 in its last 10 games since the New Year, and sits at No. 10 nationally.

Clarkson making it count

Don’t look now, but the Golden Knights have won five in a row. Their most recent victims were Union and RPI, an Engineers team that has taken a turn for the worse since Christmas. Clarkson seems to have found its offense, having outscored opponents 17-5 in the streak. Sam Vigneault leads the way with 10 goals and 22 points. Though Clarkson’s early-season struggles put it in the middle of the ECAC standings, this might be a chance to gain some ground. Princeton and Quinnipiac come to town next week.

ECAC Hockey Picks: Feb. 5-8

Last time: 5-3-2

Overall: 38-23-13

It’s the stretch run in ECAC Hockey. Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it?  There are just three-season weekends left after this, so look for the standings to start to take shape as teams make a final push. All games are 7 p.m. unless noted.

Friday, Feb. 5

Harvard at Brown

Harvard is coming off another disappointing Beanpot opener, as the Crimson lost to Boston College 3-2 on Monday. Harvard had won three in a row prior to that, while Brown is in the midst of a seven-game winless streak. The Bears have gotten production from the trio of Tommy Marchin, Nick Lappin, and Mark Naclerio, but minimal offense from the rest of the lineup. That could be a problem against a Crimson team that may have one of the deepest forward groups in the conference. Harvard wins

Colgate at Princeton

It hasn’t been a great season for either team, but the Tigers are at home and have goalie Colton Phinney, who is averaging just over 34 saves per game this season. Princeton wins

Cornell at Quinnipiac

It’s been a tough month for the Big Red, who haven’t won since Jan. 9, going 0-5-1 in that span, including a pair of overtime losses at Clarkson and St. Lawrence last weekend. Quinnipiac has kept winning, although it hasn’t been as dominant as it was earlier in the season. I’m not sure if the Big Red will be able to keep up offensively with the Bobcats. Quinnipiac wins

St. Lawrence at Rensselaer

St. Lawrence seems to have moved past its midseason slump, as the Saints have won three of its last four. However, I like RPI at home, as the Engineers have been good at protecting the front of the net for goalie Jason Kasdorf. Rensselaer wins

Clarkson at Union

Clarkson hasn’t won at Messa Rink since March 6, 2005, while the Dutchmen own a 15-1 record in the last 16 meetings between the teams. But the Golden Knights are on a 4-0-1 run and have been a much better team once it has gotten back to full strength in the second half. Clarkson wins

Dartmouth at Yale

Outside of a heartbreaking 7-5 loss to Quinnipiac last weekend, the Big Green have been one of the hottest teams in the country of the last several weeks. Yale had an eight-game unbeaten streak snapped last Friday, but rebounded with a 3-0 win over RPI on Saturday. I think the Bulldogs will pick up where they left off last weekend. Yale wins

Saturday, Feb. 6

Dartmouth at Brown

These teams are trending in opposite directions heading into the season’s final month, and the Big Green have won the last four meetings between the teams as well. Dartmouth wins

Cornell at Princeton

A struggling Cornell offense won’t have an easy go of it against Phinney, but he might have little room for error, as Princeton  hasn’t exactly been scoring at a prolific rate this season either. Cornell wins

Colgate at Quinnipiac

Defense has been a problem for the Raiders for most of the season, but Colgate hasn’t scored more than two goals in any of its last five games. That doesn’t bode well against a Quinnipiac team that has been good in both zones  for much of the season. Quinnipiac wins

Clarkson at Rensselaer

I picked the Golden Knights to end their lengthy drought at Union, but I don’t think that will carry over to Saturday. This game is the annual Big Red Freakout and the home crowd should be ready to go. Rensselaer wins

St. Lawrence at Union

The Dutchmen beat Yale, a strong defensive team with speed, last weekend on the road. St. Lawrence fits that profile, but I think the Saints will pull out a win against Union. St. Lawrence wins

Harvard at Yale

These teams skated to a 2-2 tie during November’s game in Cambridge. It should be another close one Saturday, but the Bulldogs should have enough to shut down Harvard’s prolific offense. Yale wins

Monday, Feb. 8

Northeastern vs. Harvard (Beanpot consolation game), 4:30 p.m.

This is a game both teams have found themselves in too often over the years. While it’s hard to get up for the consolation matchup, the Crimson could use a win here to help propel them to a strong stretch run to close the season. Harvard wins

A look at the past weekend in ECAC Hockey

Several lengthy unbeaten streaks  for ECAC Hockey teams came to an end over the weekend.

Yale owned a six-game unbeaten streak entering play on Friday, but looked flat in a 2-1 loss to Union. However, the Bulldogs rebounded on Saturday, beating a Rensselaer team that entered the night with six-game unbeaten streak, one that was extended Friday after the Engineers rallied from a 3-0 deficit at Brown.

And finally, Dartmouth saw its five-game winning streak come to a halt Friday, as Quinnipiac scored six third-period goals in a wild 7-5 Bobcats win. More on that below.

Quinnipiac stages wild comeback against Dartmouth

It was a quite a night in Hanover Friday, as Quinnipiac erased deficits of 4-1 and 5-2 against a Big Green team that had allowed eight goals during its five-game winning streak. Dartmouth hadn’t been called for penalty all game, but the Big Green were whistled for two infractions in the final period that resulted in a pair of Quinnipiac power-play goals.

Sam Anas scored twice in a span of just over four minutes to tie it, while Bo Pieper’s second goal of the season put the Bobcats ahead for good at 15:16. Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey is considered a favorite for the Hobey Baker award, but Anas’ 17 goals and 32 points in 26 games should put him in the conversation as well.

The win pushed Quinnipiac’s league record to 11-0-3;. The Bobcats have a six-point lead over second-place Harvard and have only lost one game all year; a 4-1 setback to non-conference opponent Boston University on Dec. 12. It wasn’t all bad for the Big Green, as Dartmouth rebounded with a 2-0 win over Princeton Saturday and only sit a point behind fourth-place Cornell.

Brown’s Lappin hit 100 career points

Stuck in a five-game losing streak, Bears head coach Brendan Whittet broke up the trio of Tommy Marchin, Nick Lappin, and Mark Naclerio for Saturday’s game with Union.  Sophomore Charlie Corcoran centered Marchin and Lappin, while Naclerio slid on a to a line with Davey Middleton and Alex Brink.

It worked somewhat, as Brown and Union played to a 2-2 tie, with Lappin posting his 100th career point on  first-period goal. Regardless of what line he skates on, Naclerio should join Lappin in the 100-point club soon; the senior currently has 97.

ECAC Hockey look ahead: Jan. 29-Feb. 1

Here’s a look at this weekend’s games featuring ECAC Hockey teams:

Friday, Jan. 29

No. 16 Rensselaer at Brown
RPI is coming off a 5-2 win against Union last weekend and two ties to Quinnipiac and Colgate, giving it a 13-7-6 record heading into the season’s final stretch. While the Engineers have maintained their position within the ECAC, Brown has struggled. The Bears are in the midst of a four game losing streak. RPI should have no trouble with this one.

No. 14 Cornell at Clarkson
Cornell has struggled since mid-January, going 0-3-1 in their its four games. A 3-0 loss to Dartmouth on Jan. 22 and a 1-0 loss to RPI on Jan. 15 have been in stark contrast to the strong performances the Big Red put on display in the season’s first half. They’ll look to get back on track against Clarkson, a team that continues to break out of its .500 record.

No. 1 Quinnipiac at Dartmouth
Although you probably wouldn’t think it, this weekend’s biggest game is between the No. 1 team in the country and unranked Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H. Quinnipiac, as coach Rand Pecknold said last week, has struggled since Christmas. Dartmouth, on the other hand, is on a five-game winning streak. If there’s a time to face the Bobcats, it’s now. And they might be ripe for the taking.

Princeton at No. 7 Harvard
Harvard has kept its composure this season, solidifying it with a two-game sweep last weekend against Colgate and Cornell. Princeton, still in rebuild mode, will have a tough challenge against the Crimson.

Colgate at St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence has dropped out of the top 20, and for good reason. The Saints have gone 1-5 over their last six games, including ugly losses to Clarkson and Dartmouth. The others have been one-goal nail-biters, and while that might not say much about the program in general it does speak to their fortunes. Colgate might be the right elixir to fix their woes.

Union at No. 11 Yale
Yale has moved into fourth place in the ECAC standings with a 6-3-3 record within the conference. While its conference record might not be impressive, its overall record certainly is: 12-4-4 with a little more than a month and a half still to play. The Bulldogs face a Union team that has gone 2-7-3 within the ECAC.

Saturday, Jan. 30

Union at Brown
A battle of two of the bottom-feeder teams in the ECAC, with Brown slightly below the Dutchmen in the standings. Union’s record overall (9-9-6) is much better than the Bears’, which might work to its advantage.

Colgate at Clarkson
Another battle of two of the bottom teams in the conference. Colgate is coming off of losses to surging Dartmouth and strong Harvard last weekend. Clarkson, on the other hand, went off on Brown in a 5-0 win last Saturday. Offensively, at least, the edge might go to the Knights.

Princeton at Dartmouth
After facing the No. 1 team in the country on Friday, the Big Green will face rebuilding Princeton in Hanover. Either way, it’ll be a stark contrast to their game the night before, but a good chance to escape the weekend with at least one victory.

No. 14 Cornell at St. Lawrence
Given all the struggles Cornell has faced, a matchup against the struggling Saints might be just what the doctor ordered. The Big Red will be looking for their first win since Jan. 9.

No. 16 Rensselaer at No. 11 Yale
If momentum was a factor, Yale would have the advantage against two top-20 teams. The Bulldogs are 3-0-1 in their last four but have faced struggling Brown twice, Clarkson once and St. Lawrence once. RPI might be their first test down the stretch.

Monday, Feb. 1

No. 7 Harvard at No. 5 Boston College
Day one of the 2016 Beanpot is Monday night. Harvard still has its 6-5 loss to Boston University on its mind from Jan. 7, and will be looking for some revenge against its cross-town rival. One thing’s for sure: We’re looking forward to the Jimmy Vesey show.

Cornell’s offense struggles, Dartmouth keeps winning and Rensselaer gets the Mayor’s Cup

Here are some notes from the weekend in ECAC Hockey:

Cornell struggles offensively

The Big Red managed only two goals this weekend, both of which came in a 6-2 loss to No. 9 Harvard on Saturday. Cornell is 0-3-1 in its last four since Jan. 15, a midseason skid that is in stark contrast to its strong first half. The team is 11-5-3 overall, 6-4-2 within the conference, with a chance next weekend against surging Clarkson and sliding St. Lawrence to stop the bleeding. One thing is for sure: Mitch Gillam and the Big Red defense need to be better.

Dartmouth extends winning streak

Don’t look now, but Dartmouth is in the midst of a five-game winning streak, including a 3-0 shutout win over No. 10 Cornell on Friday. For a team that struggled through the first half, this second-half resurgence is particularly impressive. The Big Green have outscored opponents 20-8 through the five-game stretch, led by seniors Jack Barre and Brett Patterson with seven goals each. On Friday, Dartmouth will host Quinnipiac, the No. 1 team that continued to tread water through another week with ties to Maine and Rensselaer. If there’s any time to face the Bobcats, it’s now.

RPI wins the Mayor’s Cup

The Engineers swept the season series against Union with a 5-2 victory on Saturday, getting help from five different goal scorers to do so. RPI is third behind Quinnipiac and Harvard in the ECAC standings, dropping a spot after the Crimson swept their weekend games against Colgate and Cornell. It is also ranked No. 16 nationally. But consistency hasn’t been the Engineers’ friend as of late — they’ve gone 2-2-2 in their last six games. Ties to Colgate and Quinnipiac have sent mixed signals. But if RPI will have a chance to make some noise down the stretch, it’ll be behind the play of goaltender Jason Kasdorf. RPI will play Brown and No. 12 Yale next weekend.

ECAC Hockey Picks: Jan. 21-26

Last time: 4-8-3

Overall: 33-20-11

Here’s a look at the schedule for the next few days in ECAC Hockey. All games start at 7 p.m. unless noted.

Thursday, Jan. 21

Rensselaer at Quinnipiac

It’s a meeting of the first and second place teams in the ECAC in a rare Thursday night conference game. At this point, Quinnipiac looks to have first place locked up, and now it’s just a matter of determining which teams get the last three first-round byes. While the Engineers only have one loss in their last eight games, the Bobcats are clearly the class of the league right now. Quinnipiac wins

Friday, Jan. 22

Yale at Clarkson

Lost amongst Quinnipiac’s year-long dominance has been Yale’s recent play. The Bulldogs are on a six-game unbeaten streak that stretches back to December. Clarkson has picked it up recently as well, as the Golden Knights have won three of their last four. Goalie Alex Lyon stole a game for the Bulldogs last Friday, and I think he and Yale’s power play (ranked tenth in the country) could be the difference against a Clarkson team that scored five goals against Harvard last weekend, but has struggled to score goals for stretches this season. Yale wins

Harvard at Colgate

Both teams have strong power-play units, so really it could come down to which one does the best job staying out of the box.  The Raiders and the Crimson have several impressive forwards, but I like Harvard’s depth a little better. Harvard wins

Dartmouth at Cornell

Outside of Yale, there might not be a hotter  ECAC team than Dartmouth over the last few weeks. The Big Green are 5-1 in 2016, including a sweep against Clarkson and St. Lawrence at home last weekend.  This should be a tight game, but it’s hard to pick against Cornell’s season-long steady play, especially given that the Big Red are at home. Cornell wins

Brown at St. Lawrence

It’s been a rough go of things lately for the Saints, who are stuck in a five-game losing streak. The Bears outplayed Yale for stretches last Friday, and Brown’s top line of Tommy Marchin, Mark Naclerio, and Nick Lappin is quietly one of the better in the conference. But Brown had some turnover problems against the Bulldogs on Friday, and that could hurt them against a St. Lawrence team that plays at a fast pace. St. Lawrence wins

Saturday, January 22

Brown at Clarkson

Clarkson is 7-1-1 at home this year, so it’s tough to pick them to get swept at Cheel this weekend. Still, the Bears top line should be able to generate enough offense for Brown to head home with two points.  Brown wins

Dartmouth at Colgate

Freshman Adam Dauda’s arrival has given the Raiders some needed depth, and the defense allowed four goals in a three-point weekend last time out against Union and RPI. Those are good signs for a struggling Colgate team, but Dartmouth has been playing extremely well lately and it’s tough to pick against the Big Green. Dartmouth wins

Harvard at Cornell

Harvard’s ridden a high-powered offense this year, but might have a hard time creating chances against the Big Red’s rock-solid defense. Cornell has shown the ability to score goals this season, and that should be enough to keep up with the Crimson. Cornell wins 

Yale at St. Lawrence

This should be an entertaining game, as both teams play an up-tempo style and move up the ice quickly. But Yale’s Alex Lyon and St. Lawrence’s Kyle Hayton are arguably two of the best goaltenders in the conference, so don’t expect a lot of goals. Yale’s shown the ability to finish its chances lately and that should give them the edge. Yale wins

Union at Rensselaer, 7:30 p.m. (Mayor’s Cup)

Union looked like it was getting back on track earlier in the month, as a 5-4 win over Robert Morris on Jan. 3 pushed the Dutchman’s unbeaten streak to seven games. But Union is 0-2-2 since then, while the Engineers are 2-1-2 since returning from the holiday break. RPI is dealing with some injuries, but it’s a veteran team that shouldn’t repeat last year’s 8-3 loss to Union in the Mayor’s Cup.  Rensselaer wins

Tuesday, Jan. 26

American International at Princeton

The Tigers are back in action for the first time since Jan. 8 following the school’s exam break. Princeton has show signs of improvement this season, and it should start the stretch run with a win against an American International team that doesn’t have a non-conference win this year. Princeton wins

Yale, Dartmouth streaking; North Country teams headed in different directions

While neighboring Quinnipiac has been in the spotlight for its 19-1-3 start, Yale has been on an impressive run of its own over the last month.

A sweep of travel partner Brown last weekend pushed the Bulldogs record to 5-0-1 since Dec. 11.

It wasn’t an easy weekend for Yale, however. The Bulldogs trailed 1-0 early on Friday against the Bears and were outplayed for stretches of the game. Yale was bailed out thanks to a season-high 34 saves from goalie Alex Lyon. It was another close game on Saturday, as Ted Hart scored in overtime to give Yale a 2-1 win.

It was a relatively quiet weekend for the officials in the series, as there were a combined four penalties called in both games, including only one (against Brown) in Friday’s game. That’s not surprising given that the Bears (60th) and the Bulldogs (59th) are each currently ranked in the bottom of Division I in terms of penalties minutes per game.

“That’s discipline and respect for the game,” said Yale freshman JM Piotrowski of the Bulldog’s low penalty total. Piotrowski’s first collegiate goal on Friday was the game winner against Brown, and came after Cody Learned forced a turnover in the Bears zone.

“You finish every hit but you don’t go over the line. For example [Friday] Cody makes a big hit and separates the guy from the puck and I’m able to go in and have a scoring chance.”

Friday’s game was the first time since early November that Yale forward Mike Doherty was in the lineup. The junior led the team in goals last season, and is averaging just under a point a game this year. While coach Keith Allain said the Bulldogs aren’t entirely healthy yet, Doherty’s return adds some needed depth to the team down the stretch.

North Country Teams heading in different directions

St. Lawrence was a force in the second half last year, only losing four regular season games in January and February. The Saints have already surpassed that number in the last ten days, as losses at Harvard and Dartmouth pushed St. Lawrence’s losing skid to five, dating to Jan. 8.

The good news for St. Lawrence is that it only has two more weekends on the road over the last month-and-half of the season. SLU hosts Brown and Yale this weekend.

As for Clarkson, the Golden Knights beat Harvard 5-1 Saturday after a loss to Dartmouth Friday. Saturday’s win was the second conference win for Clarkson after not winning a league game for the first three months of the season. Overall, the Golden Knights are 3-1 since a five-game losing streak that spanned December and January.

Big Green Streaking

Dartmouth’s impressive run in 2016 continued this weekend, as the Big Green swept Clarkson and St. Lawrence at home to move to 5-1 since the start of January.

It took some time for Dartmouth to come together, but the recent stretch has pushed the Big Green to .500 overall and in ECAC play as well. The team is also currently tied for 19th in the PairWise.

Senior Charles Grant continued his strong play with 62 saves over the weekend, while senior forward Jack Barre in second in the league in points since the start of January, only trailing Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey.


ECAC Hockey picks: Jan. 15-19

Here’s a look at this weekend’s ECAC Hockey games:

Friday, Jan. 15

Clarkson at Dartmouth
Coming off of a 3-1 win over St. Lawrence on Tuesday, the Golden Knights will head to Hanover to take on Dartmouth, a team that finally seems to be finding its stride. The Big Green cured their offensive ails in a 5-2 win over Holy Cross last Sunday, holding a 6-8-1 record heading into the middle of January. Both teams struggled in their first-half campaigns and will be looking to build on some recent success.
Clarkson 3, Dartmouth 2

No. 18 St. Lawrence at No. 7 Harvard
This should be one of the games of the weekend in ECAC play. St. Lawrence has struggled after the break, bringing a three-game losing streak into this weekend’s matchup against the No. 7 Crimson. The Saints have scored only three goals in their last three games and given up 10 along the way. Harvard, on the other hand, has played two one-goal games against top opponents Boston University and Quinnipiac. For Harvard, the Saints should be a nice change of pace.
Harvard 4, St. Lawrence 1

No. 8 Cornell at No. 20 Rensselaer
Cornell continues to climb the standings, both nationally and within the conference. After an embarrassing 8-0 loss to Ohio State in late December, Cornell has responded with two big wins over previously ranked Merrimack. RPI is 1-1-1 in January thus far, and has only slightly moved up in the top-20 rankings. It’ll look to solidify its position.
Cornell 3, Rensselaer 0

Colgate at Union
Don’t look now, but the Dutchmen might be in full turnaround mode. The team holds a 9-7-5 record heading into mid-January, and while the 5-0 loss to Quinnipiac sticks out, it’s hard to blame for the blowout loss against a team that has been doing that to anyone it has played. Colgate, however, continues to struggle. Last weekend’s 5-1 win over Maine snapped a four-game losing streak, which included a 3-1 loss to Maine the previous night and a 7-5 loss to Brown in December. These teams look like they’re moving in different directions.
Union 4, Colgate 1

Brown vs. No. 12 Yale (Friday in New Haven, Saturday in Providence)
It’s been an abysmal year for Brown, which has struggled to find consistency on both ends of the ice. But if the Bears can hang their hat on something, it’s the team’s 4-3 win over Providence in early January. It seems, at least, Brown can play with college hockey’s top opponents. It’ll need some of that magic against No. 12 Yale, which comes into Friday’s contest 4-1-1 in its last six games. The Bulldogs tied Michigan Tech 1-1 last Sunday and will look to rebound against the suffering Bears.
Yale 2, Brown 0

Saturday, Jan. 16

No. 18 St. Lawrence at Dartmouth
If the Big Green are going to have any chance of turning their season around, it’s Saturday against No. 18 St. Lawrence. The Saints look like they’re ripe for the taking, losers of their last three games. Dartmouth finally seems to be gaining some traction after an inconsistent first half. Saturday’s game, at least, will illustrate what Dartmouth is capable of.
St. Lawrence 3, Dartmouth 3 (OT)

Clarkson at No. 7 Harvard
The Golden Knights will have their warmup against Dartmouth on Friday before taking on a hungry Harvard team on Saturday. Unfortunately for Clarkson, this weekend’s matchups for the highly ranked Crimson seems primed for a sweep given Harvard’s two losses to BU and Quinnipiac.
Harvard 5, Clarkson 3

Colgate at No. 20 Rensselaer
Another game of two teams moving in very different directions. Colgate has amassed 14 losses this season, snapping its four-game losing streak to Maine last Saturday. The Raiders also have allowed 74 goals this season, the most in the ECAC. RPI, newly reacquainted with the top-20 rankings, should have no problem adding to that list.
RPI 4, Colgate 0

No. 8 Cornell at Union
It’s an intriguing matchup, though on paper it might not look like it. Cornell has slowly climbed the leader boards all season long, while Union seems in the midst of a late-season turnaround. For the Dutchmen, it’s a test to see how far they’ve come.
Union 4, Cornell 3

Tuesday, Jan. 19

No. 2 Quinnipiac at Maine
The Bobcats have the weekend off before taking on lowly Maine in a midweek showdown. The over-under for this game might be astronomical, but the Black Bears are hoping the long layoff will make the Bobcats rusty.
Quinnipiac 5, Maine 0

Previewing Clarkson and St. Lawrence

It may be a mid-week game, but that shouldn’t diminish the rivalry between Clarkson and St. Lawrence when the teams meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Cheel Arena.

It’s the 201st all-time meeting between the teams, with the Golden Knights holding a 121-68-11 series lead. However, the Saints are on a 3-1-1 stretch against Clarkson, including a 3-0 win on Nov. 13.  The Golden Knights are still looking for their first conference win, while St. Lawrence is 4-2-1 in league play, but was swept by non-conference opponent Northeastern last weekend. Despite that, I think the Saints have been stronger on both ends of the ice this year and should get the win. St. Lawrence wins

As Quinnipiac makes a statement, Harvard stumbles

Here’s a look at the weekend in ECAC Hockey:

Quinnipiac makes statement

The Bobcats thrived under the spotlight of Madison Square Garden, building a 4-0 lead over No. 5 Harvard and shaking off the loss of that advantage to win 5-4 in overtime on Saturday night. If you needed another reason to think that Quinnipiac was not the dominant team in ECAC Hockey this season, Saturday’s win was your message in a bottle. The No. 2 Bobcats are 19-1-3 so far. With the fewest losses in the country and a goaltender, Michael Garteig, that continues to impress, it’s hard to imagine any team in the ECAC catching up in the next few months.

Harvard slides, Cornell rises

On the other side of the coin, Harvard couldn’t make it all the way back for a win in Saturday’s game in New York. For a team that continues to seed high in the regular season rankings, Harvard’s 8-3-3 record is not exactly impressive and two losses to ranked opponents last week didn’t help its cause. Comparatively, Cornell continued to impress, knocking off formerly ranked Merrimack twice.

Dartmouth, Union begin turnaround

The Big Green entered the new year with a 3-7-1 record as one of the bottom-feeders in the ECAC. But 11 days into January, Dartmouth has gone 3-1 in its last four games, including a 3-0 victory against Merrimack and a low-scoring, 1-0 loss to Vermont. Union has enjoyed a similar resurgence, going 4-1-1 in its last six games with victories over Massachusetts, Merrimack and Vermont and a 4-4 tie with Princeton. While first halves haven’t been kind to these two programs, it’ll be interesting to see what they can do in the coming weeks.

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