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Bobcats perfect no more

It took eighteen games, but Quinnipiac finally has a loss. The Bobcats fell 4-1 to Boston University in the first-ever meeting between the teams on Saturday, snapping a seventeen-game unbeaten streak to start the season. The loss also broke a three-game shutout streak for Quinnipiac and goalie Michael Garteig.

It’s a tough way to head into the break, but it shouldn’t take away from a tremendous first half for the Bobcats.  Quinnipiac opens the second half with a manageable stretch of games before facing Harvard at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 9.  Despite a narrow one-point lead over Cornell for first place in the ECAC standings, I see the Bobcats as the favorites for the Cleary Cup at the season’s midway point.

Yale back on track

Friday’s win over Boston University was nice for Yale in the sense that it stopped a three-game losing streak and sent the Bulldogs into the break on a winning note. But the result might have been secondary to Alex Lyon’s return in net. The junior goalie was injured during warm-ups last Saturday and missed that night’s game against Princeton. 4

For a team that has struggled to finish its scoring opportunities, losing Lyon for any stretch of time would have been devastating. Instead, Lyon returned and stopped 27 saves against the Terriers, the team that beat Yale in overtime in the first round of last year’s NCAA tournament.

Rensselaer wraps up impressive first half

What a difference a year makes. After heading into last year’s winter break on a five-game losing streak, RPI hits this season’s break on a three-game unbeaten streak after sweeping Arizona State over the weekend.  The Engineers are 10-6-3 so far after winning 12 games all of last season. RPI hit that mark despite losing senior goalie Jason Kasdorf for a month due to injury. However, freshman Cam Hackett didn’t miss a beat filling in for Kasdorf, and gives RPI one of the strongest goalie combinations in the league heading into the second half

ECAC Hockey picks, Dec. 11-12

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

Arizona State at Rensselaer (Friday and Saturday)

RPI is winless in its last three games, including a 2-1 loss to Dartmouth and a 0-0 tie to Harvard last weekend. Two games against Arizona State, winless in its last four, might be just what the doctor ordered to help RPI with its offensive woes before Christmas vacation.

Prediction: Rensselaer 3, Arizona State 1; Rensselaer 2, Arizona State 0

Boston University at Yale (Friday)

Game one of two between ranked powerhouses this weekend. No. 15 Yale comes into this matchup pretty desperate, falling in its last three games, including a 4-2 loss to Princeton last Saturday. No. 12 Boston University is coming off a split with Vermont, but is a respectable 8-5-3 so far this season. Something has to give Friday night. Maybe the fact that this is a rematch of last year’s Northeast Regional matchup, a 3-2 Terriers win, will help light the fuse.

Prediction: Yale 4, Boston University 3

Union at Massachusetts (Friday)

The Dutchmen may have finally turned things around. Union is 3-2-1 in its last six games, including a convincing 3-0 win over Dartmouth and an impressive 4-4 tie against Harvard last week. A test against UMass will certainly give us a good indication of if they’ve started to turn things around.

Prediction: Union 3, UMass 2

St. Lawrence vs. Vermont (Friday and Saturday)

The No. 13 Saints enter the weekend before Christmas break with a 9-4-2 record, including a 2-1 loss to Cornell and a 6-3 win over struggling Colgate last weekend. The Catamounts have had their own share of problems, coming into this weekend with a 4-10-2 record and a struggling offense that has scored only 10 goals in the last five games. St. Lawrence should have no problem taking this home-and-home series.

Prediction: St. Lawrence 5, Vermont 2; St. Lawrence 6, Vermont 3

Princeton at Penn State (Friday)

Holding a 4-8 record isn’t as bad as it looks when you’re in full rebuilding mode like Princeton is. But wins against Brown and Yale last week certainly raised the eyebrows of more than a few. The 4-2 win over Yale was particularly impressive, as the Tigers took a 2-0 lead into the third period and extended it with two late goals to seal the victory. Colton Phinney was great, making 37 saves in the win. Penn State will offer a different challenge, but it’s a good chance for Princeton to string some wins together heading into Christmas break.

Prediction: Princeton 3, Penn State 1

Dartmouth at New Hampshire (Friday)

It’s hard to get a read on whether Dartmouth is floundering or if it’s just inconsistent. The 3-0 loss to Union last Sunday was ugly, but it followed an impressive 2-1 win over RPI. The Big Green are 3-6-1 so far, and a matchup with New Hampshire could honestly be a disaster or an impressive victory given the way this team has played this season.

Prediction: Dartmouth 3, New Hampshire 0

Boston University at Quinnipiac (Saturday)

Game of the week, in many respects. No. 2 Quinnipiac continues to climb the rankings as its 15-game unbeaten streak gets longer and more impressive. In fact, it’s the longest winning streak to start a season in NCAA Division I since Colorado College opened up the 1995-96 season 15-0-3. No. 12 BU will be coming off an emotional rematch against Yale on Friday. It looks like the Bobcats have them right where they want them. It seems like they always do.

Prediction: Quinnipiac 4, Boston University 1

Quinnipiac, Cornell keep on rolling

Here are three things gleaned from the weekend:

Quinnipiac, Cornell keep on rolling

The No. 3 Bobcats made easy work of their ECAC Hockey opponents this weekend, finishing off No. 10 Yale and Brown in consecutive 3-0 victories. It marks the second and third straight shutout for Quinnipiac goaltender Michael Garteig, who has posted a 1.13 GAA and a .952 save percentage over 17 games this season. No. 15 Cornell stayed hot as well with two wins over No. 13 St. Lawrence and Clarkson. Quinnipiac will play Boston University on Saturday, while Cornell will begin its holiday break with seemingly all momentum on its side.

Clarkson, Yale still sliding

It’s hard to get a good read on No. 10 Yale this season. An impressive finish one weekend seems to lead to disaster the next, a back-and-forth that seems unlike what many expected out of a team that many considered one of the ECAC’s strongest. The Bulldogs dropped their second and third straight games against Quinnipiac and Princeton this weekend, including an ugly 4-2 loss to the rebuilding Tigers on Saturday in which Yale found itself in a 2-0 hole in the first period and never recovered. For Clarkson, struggles have become a season-long slide. Two wins against Arizona State are the Knights’ only two wins since Oct. 24 against Western Michigan. A team that started off the season at a strong 6-1 has since fallen out of the rankings.

Harvard takes a step back

Coming off successful games against Notre Dame and Rensselaer, the No. 8 Crimson took a step back this weekend with two ties to Union (4-4 on Friday) and Rensselaer (0-0 on Saturday). Harvard is 6-1-3 overall, 4-1-3 in the ECAC, and it’s not due to lack of goaltending. Merrick Madson has been the best goaltender in the conference, posting a 0.98 GAA and a .966 save percentage through seven games. A sophomore for the Crimson, Madsen seems to be the lone consistent bright spot for his team this season. The problem, it seems, lies with Harvard’s secondary scoring. Sure, Jimmy Vesey has 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists), but only two other players have hit double digits. Harvard will begin its holiday break this week, looking for a second-half surge come January.

ECAC Hockey picks: Dec. 4-5

Last time: 5-2-4

Overall:  20-9-6

It’s the last full weekend of conference play prior to the holiday break. Here’s a look at the games set for this weekend. All matchups start at 7 p.m. unless noted.

Friday, Dec. 4

Quinnipiac at Yale, 6:35 p.m.

The Bulldogs have only beaten the Bobcats once since 2011, but it came in the 2013 national championship game. The teams tied 2-2 in both matchups last year. Quinnipiac is off to a 13-0-2 start to the season, the best for any Division I team since Colorado College in 1995-96. Goalie Alex Lyon has been his usual standout self for Yale, and the Bulldogs offense has picked up a tick from last year, but it’s tough to pick against the Bobcats. This game will be broadcast by the American Sports Network, and carried on NESN+ in the New England region. Quinnipiac wins

Princeton at Brown

The Bears are on a respectable 2-1-3 run, while Princeton has two wins on the season. Tigers goalie Colton Phinney should slow down the Bears offense, but I think Brown squeaks by. Brown wins

St. Lawrence at Cornell

Each team has been rock solid in both zones, giving up under two goals a game while averaging around three per game. It should be an interesting matchup between the Saints’ speed and the Big Red’s size. I’ll give the slight edge to the home team. Cornell wins

Clarkson at Colgate

The last seven games between the Golden Knights and the Raiders have been decided by one goal or less. But Colgate is a off to a 4-10-1 start, and I’m not sure it has the depth to matchup with Clarkson. Clarkson wins

Dartmouth at Rensselaer

The Engineers had their nine-game unbeaten streak snapped by Harvard in the championship game of the Shillelagh Tournament last Saturday, but are still 4-0-2 in league play. It sounds like goalie Jason Kasdorf may be ready to return from injury, but it also sounds like there’s no guarantee he’ll get his starting job back, as freshman Cam Hackett has been solid in his place. Either way, RPI should have enough to beat a Big Green team that is still trying to establish itself. Rensselaer wins

Harvard at Union, 7:30 p.m.

Union is coming off an impressive road win over Merrimack last weekend after posting only one win in its last eight game. I think the Dutchmen will improve in the second half, but Harvard is dangerous offensively while goalie Merrick Madsen is 5-0 with a 0.60 goals-against-average and .979 save percentage. Harvard wins

Saturday, Dec. 5

Quinnipiac at Brown, 4 p.m.

The Bears have actually given Quinnipiac some trouble over the years. But again, I’m not picking against the Bobcats until I have a reason to, and they haven’t give me a reason so far. Quinnipiac wins

St. Lawrence at Colgate

The last time these teams met, the Raiders knocked the Saints out of the ECAC semifinals in Lake Placid. St. Lawrence looks like a good bet to return to the league’s championship weekend, while the Raiders will need to do some catching up in the second half.  St. Lawrence wins

Dartmouth at Union

Neither team has had a great first two months of the season, but I think the Dutchmen have the potential to string together some goals against the Big Green. Union wins

Clarkson at Cornell

These teams have been known for their defense the last few years, but each has added an offensive element so far this season. The Big Red are at home and have put up some solid results that last few weeks. Cornell wins

Harvard at Rensselaer

It’s the second straight meeting for these teams, as Harvard beat RPI 4-0 in the Shillelagh Tournament championship. RPI has been on a great run, but I think the Crimson will be able to generate enough offense to hand the Engineers their first conference loss of the season. Harvard wins

Princeton at Yale

Few teams have had success against the Bulldogs defense and goalie Alex Lyon. I don’t think the Tigers, who are averaging just over two goals per game, will snap that trend Saturday. Yale wins

Brown and Colgate return from Belfast with mixed results

The first regular season college hockey games outside of North America ended in of all things – a shootout.

That’s what was used to to determine the winner of the Friendship Four tournament championship game between Massachusetts-Lowell and Brown Saturday in Belfast.

The River Hawks scored the tying goal with 39 seconds left to force overtime against the Bears, and then won  the shootout to take the Belpot Trophy as tournament champions. The game will count as a tie for NCAA purposes.

Brown freshman Tommy Marchin was named the Player of the Tournament after finishing with four goals and two assists on the weekend. Marchin has six goals and six assists in nine games this season, and joins a crowded group of league rookies making a strong impression early on.

Brown reached the final after beating Colgate 5-0 on Friday.

It was a tough weekend for the Raiders, who lost 7-1 to Northeastern in the consolation game. Colgate gave up 12 goals on 44 shots against the Bears and Huskies, while managing one goal on just 26 shots over both games. The Raiders haven’t won since Nov. 7 and are 4-10-1 this season.

Colgate has been playing with a short roster, especially on defense, thanks in part to junior Ryan Johnston signing a professional contract with Montreal late last summer.  The top-six group is solid, but from afar, the Raiders don’t seem to have the depth they have had in the past.

In net, the trio of Charlie Finn, Zac Hamilton and Bruce Racine have combined for a .882 save percentage. That won’t get it done.

Still, it’s worth noting that Colgate was 7-9-1 in the first half two years ago, and rebounded to make the NCAA tournament. That might be asking a bit much this season, but the Raiders could be a team to watch in the second half if they can get better defensive play.

A tournament title for Harvard

No, not that one. But the Crimson beat Rensselaer 4-0 in the Shillelagh Tournament championship game Saturday at Notre Dame.  Merrick Madsen stopped 59-of-60 shots over the weekend to earn tournament MVP honors.  The sophomore has three shutouts in five starts this season and has only given up three goals overall.

Harvard moved to 6-1-1 with wins against the Engineers Saturday and host Notre Dame Friday.  It’s the first time since the 2005-06 season that the Crimson have won six of its first eight games.Harvard’s only loss this season came Nov. 13, a 4-1 setback at red-hot Quinnipiac. That’s also the only time Harvard has given up more than two goals in a game.

The loss snapped a nine-game unbeaten streak for RPI, who had beaten Western Michigan 4-1 Friday to reach the tournament final. It’s still been an impressive first half thus far for the Engineers, who are 4-0-2 in league play and 8-5-2 overall.

Quinnipiac keeps rolling

Fifteen games into the season and the Bobcats have yet to lose. Quinnipiac swept a home-and-home series with the University of Massachusetts to push its record to 13-0-2.

In addition to the unbeaten streak, the Bobcats had several players reach individual milestones last weekend.  On Friday, junior forward Sam Anas had two goals and an assist to become the 37th player in Quinnipiac history to reach the 100 point mark. It took Anas 92 games to reach the 100-point plateau.

On Saturday, senior Michael Garteig blanked the Minutemen for his 59th career victory, which tied a program record. It was his fourth shutout of the year and 15th of his career.

One a team note, the fifteen-game streak is the longest unbeaten streak to open the season in Division I since Colorado College began 15-0-3 in the 1995-96 season.

As impressive as Quinnipiac’s streak has been, it’s still six games shy of the 21-game unbeaten streak the Bobcats ripped off in the 2012-13 season, when the school made its first national championship game appearance.

To reach that mark, the Bobcats will need to go unscathed at Yale and Brown, at home versus Boston University, home and away versus Princeton, and then at Northeastern.

 

ECAC Hockey picks: Nov. 27-28

Please, no more ties.

Brown vs. Colgate in Northern Ireland (Friday)

Hockey across the pond. Why not? With both Brown and Colgate pretty desperate for a win, one must think Friday’s 11 a.m. EST matchup in the semifinals of the Friendship Four in Belfast, Northern Ireland, will be anything but groggy. These teams played to a 1-1 tie last weekend in Providence, and Colgate comes into the weekend winless in its last four games. The Bears have not won since their 3-2 victory over Union on Nov. 13 and have gone 0-1-2 since then. On Saturday, the teams play UMass-Lowell and Northeastern in the third-place game or championship game. Does this count as an extended European vacation for UMass-Lowell?

Prediction: Colgate 1, Brown 0

Rensselaer vs. Western Michigan, No. 8 Harvard vs. No. 18 Notre Dame (Friday)

It’s hard to overstate how important this weekend’s Harvard-Notre Dame game actually is. The Crimson have been on the friendly end of a light early season schedule that has inflated their late November standing — four wins over Dartmouth, Brown and Princeton. So far, Harvard is 0-1-1 against ranked opponents (2-2 tie to Yale and 4-1 loss to Quinnipiac). Friday’s matchup against the Irish in the Shillelagh Tournament is a chance to prove some people wrong about this team.
For Rensselaer, winners of four of its last six games, it’s about hoping for more of the same.

Prediction: Harvard 3, Notre Dame 1; Rensselaer 2, Western Michigan 0

Princeton at Maine (Friday/Saturday)

The Tigers are coming off an impressive 3-0 win over Clarkson last weekend. Colton Phinney is having a strong season for Princeton, but it certainly isn’t enough as the Tigers offense continues to struggle. Luckily, Maine isn’t looking any better. It should be a good opportunity for Princeton to string some victories together.

Prediction: Princeton 3, Maine 1; Princeton 1, Maine 1 (tie)

Arizona State at Clarkson (Friday/Saturday)

OK, sure, the 3-0 loss to Princeton was ugly. But Clarkson started off 5-1, the best start in program history! Remember that? So what if the Golden Knights have gone winless against the ECAC in five games? Two games against a non-ECAC opponent might be just what the doctor ordered for this struggling squad.

Prediction: Clarkson 3, Arizona State 2; Arizona State 4, Clarkson 2

No. 3 Quinnipiac vs. Massachusetts (Friday/Saturday)

Is there an over/under on how many goals Quinnipiac can score with a home-and-home against struggling UMass on the docket? Ranked third in every poll behind North Dakota and Providence, the Bobcats have become nearly unstoppable through their first 13 games. But two ties last weekend against struggling opponents have planted the seed of doubt in some people’s minds. Look for Quinnipiac to rebound in a big way.

Prediction: Quinnipiac 4, UMass 1; Quinnipiac 5, UMass 3

Dartmouth at No. 12 Michigan (Friday/Saturday)

After a weekend off, the Big Green come face-to-face with the pride of Big Ten hockey in a two-game series in Michigan. It’s a tough task for Bob Gaudet and his squad, especially given defensive struggles his team has had to deal with over the last month. Up against a ranked opponent on the road, this has disappointment written all over it.

Prediction: Michigan 4, Dartmouth 2; Michigan 3, Dartmouth 0

Union at No. 13 Merrimack (Saturday)

This might not be Union’s year. Two one-goal losses last weekend to Brown and Yale have put the Dutchmen in a much deeper hole coming into this weekend’s matchup against No. 13 Merrimack. Union is 1-5 in its last six games, posting a 1-5 record against ECAC opponents and a 3-6-3 record overall. With the success Merrimack has had this season, it’s hard to imagine momentum changing directions unless something drastic happens.

Prediction: Merrimack 4, Union 1

No. 10 Yale at No. 1 Providence (Saturday)

Game of the week in the ECAC. Yale has been largely inconsistent over the last few weeks — posting a 3-1-2 record over its last six games against ECAC opponents, with a loss to Rensselaer and two ties to Cornell and Harvard. The Bulldogs will look for consistency against the top-ranked defending NCAA champions. This game could be really close, or really lopsided.

Prediction: Providence 5, Yale 4 (OT)

No. 16 Cornell at No. 11 Boston University (Saturday at Madison Square Garden)

Game of the week in the ECAC, take two. With Cornell shooting up the rankings to the No. 16 spot this week, the Big Red get their first true test against No. 11 Boston University under the spotlight of Madison Square Garden. It doesn’t get much bigger than that. The 0-0 tie against Yale last weekend certainly helps their standing, but a win over a ranked opponent like the Terriers will go a long way to cementing this team on the map for the rest of the season. Then again, this could be the perfect set up for Cornell to fail and fall into irrelevance until next winter. So, no pressure.

Prediction: Cornell 4, Boston University 2

Weekend recap: Quinnipiac hits a snag

Princeton’s Kyle Rankin and Tommy Davis celebrate Rankin’s goal on Saturday (photo: Shelley M. Szwast).

Three things that stood out over the weekend:

Quinnipiac hits a snag

If you even want to call it that. Considering how well-oiled the Bobcats’ offense has been this season, looking back at a weekend of close games for this team makes it seem like something’s missing — like the scorekeeper, holding another sheet of paper with all of Quinnipiac’s goals on it, got lost on his way to the press box.

After leading the country with 52 goals in 13 games, the Bobcats were held to a 1-1 tie with No. 20 Clarkson and a 0-0 tie with No. 14 St. Lawrence. It’s about as uncharacteristic as it gets for a team we’re used to seeing light up the score sheet every night.

This shouldn’t hurt the team’s ranking — ties are better than losses, after all. But it’s still something to watch as Quinnipiac remains one of the top college hockey teams in the country.

Cornell keeps rolling

It’s really, really hard not be impressed with what Cornell has been doing for the past few weeks, and this weekend was no different. With a 0-0 tie with No. 11 Yale and a 1-0 win over Brown, the Big Red have shown that they can play shut down, defensive hockey.

As a reward, they earned the No. 18 ranking on USCHO last week. It’s well deserved, considering the team is 6-1-1 through its first eight games. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, it’s pretty obvious we can mark Cornell down as one of the ECAC’s biggest surprises.

Princeton blanks Clarkson

Clarkson been a tough team to figure out so far. The Golden Knights have done well enough to garner attention — somewhat. Other nights, it seems like the wrong kind of attention.

Take Saturday night, for example, a 3-0 loss to rebuilding Princeton. Sure, Tigers goaltender Colton Phinney was otherworldly with 31 saves and a shutout. But, on paper at least, it seems like a game that Clarkson should be able to handle.

But therein lies the problem — trying to predict Clarkson games seems like the job of a fortune teller or, better yet, a guy on the sidewalk with a coin to flip. The Knights started the season 5-1 with wins over New Hampshire, Western Michigan, Rochester Institute of Technology and Niagara. OK, not the strongest opponents, but decisive wins nonetheless. Since then, Clarkson is 0-3-2, getting outscored 13-4 in a stretch that includes a 1-1 tie to big, bad Quinnipiac. See what I mean?

Buckle up, folks. Clarkson’s season is going to be a roller coaster ride.

ECAC Hockey picks: Nov. 20-24

Last time: 7-3-2

Overall: 15-7-3

Here’s a look at the games set for this weekend, as Rensselaer (six games) and Quinnipiac (eleven games) look to extend unbeaten streaks. At 11-0, the Bobcats are off to the best start in the program’s Division I history.

Saturday, Nov. 21

Colgate at Brown            

These teams will head to Belfast, Northern Ireland in a week to take part in the first Friendship Four. But first, they’ll meet in Providence. The Raiders have one win in their last five games, while the Bears should have had a two-win weekend last time out, but settled for a win and a tie. Expect this one to be a shootout, and I think that Colgate should have a slight edge. Colgate wins  

 St. Lawrence at Princeton          

The Saint’s Kyle Hayton is rightfully regarded as one of the top goalies in the conference, but Princeton’s Colton Phinney has been outstanding this year despite the Tigers overall struggles. The junior has a .944 save percentage, but the Saints’ deeper lineup should be the difference against Princeton. St. Lawrence wins

Clarkson at Quinnipiac                

Like I said earlier this week, I’m not picking against the Bobcats until they give me a reason to. And Quinnipiac hasn’t yet, as it won its eleventh straight game to open the season Tuesday at Connecticut. Clarkson should give the Bobcats a tough fight, but Quinnipiac should come out with the win. Quinnipiac wins

Cornell at Yale

The Big Red have the offense to go along with its usual stingy defense, but Cornell hasn’t faced a goaltender the caliber of Yale’s Alex Lyon. I’m taking the Bulldogs in their home opener. Yale wins

Rensselaer at Bentley                  

RPI is off to a nice start in league play and will look to keep a six-game unbeaten streak going against non-conference opponent Bentley. Part of that stretch has come with freshman Cam Hackett playing in goal in place of the injured Jason Kasdorf. Even if Kasdorf isn’t back on Friday, I still like the Engineers to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games. However, I don’t think RPI will extend its streak of overtime games, which currently sits at four. Rensselaer wins

 Saturday, Nov. 21

Cornell at Brown             

Brown has struggled to keep the puck out of its net this season, and that might prove costly against a Big Red team that has found its spark on offense thus far. Cornell wins

Clarkson at Princeton   

As I mentioned above, Phinney in net is enough for the Tigers to steal some wins. But I don’t think that will happen against a physical Clarkson team. Clarkson wins               

St. Lawrence at Quinnipiac         

The Bobcats are going to lose at some point this season. The Saints are as tough of as opponent as any team in the league, as they rank in the top four in both goals scored and goals allowed. Tempted to call a St. Lawrence win, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Saints did win, but like I said above I’m not picking against Quinnipiac until they give me a reason to. Quinnipiac wins

Colgate at Yale

This should be a fun game to watch, as both teams move and down the ice at a fast pace. I think Yale’s ability to keep the puck out of the net and Colgate’s inability to do so thus far this season will be the difference. Yale wins

Tuesday, Nov. 24

Rensselaer at New Hampshire

New Hampshire has been more down that up lately, as the Wildcats are 0-2-1 in November. I’ll take an RPI team that hasn’t lost in nearly a month.  Rensselaer wins 

Picking Tuesday’s game

Unbeaten Quinnipiac visits in-state rival Connecticut tonight. The Huskies beat the Bobcats 4-1 last season, but Quinnipiac is on an absolutely dominate roll to start the season. Despite beating Boston University earlier in the season, Connecticut has lost six in a row and is 3-8 thus far. That might seem like the perfect conditions for an upset, but I’m not picking against the Bobcats. Quinnipiac wins 

A perfect 10 for Quinnipiac

It’s been quite a start for Quinnipiac, as Saturday’s 6-2 win over Dartmouth pushed the Bobcat’s record to 10-0-0 this season. The streak ties a program record set in the 1997-98 season, when Quinnipiac was a Division II team. It also means that the Bobcats are the lone team in the country without a tie or loss.

The win against the Big Green came after an impressive 4-1 win over then-unbeaten on Harvard Friday. The Crimson did have several chances in the opening period when the game was still scoreless, but Quinnipiac was able to keep Harvard’s potent offense in check for most of the night, as likely Hobey Baker candidate Jimmy Vesey finished the game with two shots on goal and no points.

The Bobcats held the Crimson to 12 shots through the first two periods and turned a pair of Harvard turnovers into goals.

“They slowed us down by having a good gap in the neutral zone and coming back real hard,” Harvard coach Ted Donato said.”They do not make a lot mistakes. They handled the puck in their zone in a way that didn’t allow a lot of turnovers.”

Controversial no-goal call results in tie between Brown and Rensselaer

The press-box replay system at RPI’s Houston Field House failed on Saturday night, meaning this potential game-winning overtime goal by Brown couldn’t be reviewed, and the no-goal call made on the ice by the officials stood.

It’s unfortunate that a technological malfunction could impact an important call in a game. Sure, human errors by officials are a part of the game – albeit one that fans and coaches alike often take issue with. But the idea of having a replay system is to make sure the right call is made, and that safety net failed in this case.

I’m not sure of what else could be done to fix this in the future. Major League Baseball had problems with the replay system in Game 1 of the World Series, so this is an issue that crops up even on the biggest of stages.

Most coaches tell their teams to focus only on what they can control. That might not be much consolation for the Bears, but at this point, it’s all they can do.

Still, it was a much needed three-point weekend for Brown, while RPI extended its unbeaten streak to six games, as the Engineers have started conference play with a 4-0-2 record.

Three of those games have come minus senior goalie Jason Kasdorf, who was injured last Friday against Clarkson. Credit to freshman Cam Hackett, who has a .929 save percentage since Kasdorf was hurt. RPI coach Seth Appert said Kasdorf was “50-50″ for the weekend, so it doesn’t look like he’ll be shelved for an extended period of time.

Big Red keep rolling

Entering the season, Cornell coach Mike Schafer said the Big Red had a lot of unknowns on their roster. One of the big questions was how the Big Red would generate offense this year after ranking 54th in the country last season with 1.84 goals per game.

It’s been a different go of it thus far for the Big Red. Cornell is averaging just under four goals per game and is 5-1 after sweeping Colgate in a home-and-home series over the weekend. It’s the best start for Cornell since the 2009-10 season, when the Big Red had the same record through the first six games.

Freshman forward and Pittsburgh draft pick Anthony Angello scored in overtime Saturday against the Raiders, giving him seven points in six games. But the Big Red’s leading scorer is junior Jeff Kubiak, who has three goals and six assists after only having two goals and 17 points during his first two seasons.

Saturday’s overtime win against the Raiders was the 250th regular-season ECAC Hockey victory for Schafer. The only loss of the season was a 5-4 setback to Quinnipiac, when the Big Red blew two three-goal leads.

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