ECAC Hockey mid-weekend update

It’s 1am, so this is going to be quick and dirty.

  • Cornell now holds the tiebreaker with Union. If they finish tied atop the standings, Cornell get the No. 1 seed, and the teams will share the Cleary Cup. Each school has secured a first-round bye.
  • Colgate, Harvard, Clarkson and Quinnipiac each have a shot at a bye as well. Colgate and Harvard control their own destinies: win, and they get a week off.
  • Yale, Dartmouth and St. Lawrence are fighting for the two remaining home-ice spots. Yale has the leg up (21 points), and the Big Green and Saints go head to head in Hanover tomorrow. Dartmouth holds the tiebreaker should the teams draw, leaving SLU the odd man out.
  • Princeton, RPI and Brown are each awaiting their draws: all three will be on the road next weekend.

That’s all for now. Good night – or morning – and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as quickly and frequently as possible. Be sure to check SullivanHockey and Nate_Owen41 for all the news that’s fit to tweet.


  1. Actually, LSSU had it in New York.  A look at their lines will show how badly they had it.  They were recovering when ND went to the Soo, but likely still passed some germs on.  

    • I had heard that they picked it up in NY and brought it back with them.  Nobody from FSU said anything to me about it — FSU was the Lakers’ opponent before Canisius — and I had heard that there was illness that ND weekend. Just passing along what I’d heard.  It certainly could have originated in the U.P.  Influenza hit Michigan in Traverse City first this year in September according to news reports, then worked its way down (and pretty quickly, I might add).  Maybe it worked its way up, too.  

  2. Someone voted Notre Dame #1 in this week’s poll.  That’s just embarrassing after they were swept at home including a 9-2 loss.  I know the polls don’t mean anything right  now but they lose any credibility with homer votes like that.

  3. So that’s why Notre Dame lost? Because they were sick? Riiight. Whatever you say Paula.

    Looked to me like their biggest weakness was exposed… and that is those two mediocre goalies they have. Same with Miami. If you can get to them… they aren’t very good.

    • I’m not saying they wouldn’t have lost anyway.  I’m just saying that there was something going around.  We’ve seen this increasingly in recent years, where a virus just runs through a team one week, then the team that team plays the next.  Not saying that LSSU wouldn’t have lost to ND the week before; I’m not saying that ND wouldn’t have been swept by Northeastern.  I’m just suggesting that it may have been a contributing factor.

  4. Working in a rink I know how this is. Some kid gets sick and those germ stick around..eventually every player on that team, asst coach, coach, parents and rink staff all get it. I hope this year won’t be too bad..

    • Richard, do you have an old poll bookmarked?  As DU fan pointed out, Miami is no longer ranked this week.  

      Additionally, your comment leads me to believe that maybe you don’t know the process of the USCHO poll.  It’s a ballot process with 50 voters counted weekly.  These voters aren’t simply USCHO staff; voters are seasoned writers from around the country as well as head coaches.  USCHO itself doesn’t pick who lands where in any week’s poll. 

  5. To Paula & DU Fan
     When I checked their latest poll (Dec. 5th) yesterday afternoon (around 5 pm central time), they had Miami ranked 18 after being unranked the week before. That had me scratching my head because NMU had just beaten them twice. Now USCHO shows Miami unranked again. They caught their mistake. Either that or I was seeing things yesterday. lol 

  6. During the course of ECAC hockey and a few games outside of that division, I’ve seen [tv, person] and heard of egregious conduct involving continually bad officiating throughout games.  Not necessary a missed call, but blatant disregard to fair play throughout the whole game.  Case in point Union v Colgate: net came off moorings and no whistle. player deliberately ran into net, no delay of game, 2x Union shot over glass in defensive zone and no delay of game, ‘gate player charged while trying to score when union holding and pushing into net and knocking own goalie down, gate player tackled – yes tackled and no call.  It looked as though officials did everything for a Union win except grab the puck, toss into net and call it a goal.  These officials are well paid for their services, and like any other ‘business’, if misconduct occurs… reprimand or termination is in order.
    I am not a die-hard team fan… but when officials are dictating a game, its time to suspend or in these two officials, terminate employment.
    Yes, there is video of game – contact Colgate Athletic department

    • Trust me i know exactly what you mean about the Official’s in this league…Case in Point…Cornell-SLU….Cornell goalie protested a goal and it was reviewed….Goal was waved off…Same situation at the other end of the rink…SLU goalie ask for a review and the official said we are not going to review it…Player at the end of the Game for SLU on a partial breakaway with a chance to win it and was given a 2 handed wack at the skates…No call…Cornell scores in OT to win…The official’s in this league need to be suspended or fired for a poorly called game…I have seen alot of games and when i see who the Official’s are, i feel like asking for my money back…And it’s no surprise that Paul Stewart is an “ass” because i have wrote to him before and was told that if i ever wrote to him again complaing about his officials that he would have me arrested for public harassment…So yeah they are all a joke…It’s never going to change…They want who they want for the Finals and will do anything to cover their spread…

  7. Kind of sad that no one, including me, commented on the great job Mankato did honoring the Air Force Captain and surprising his family. Regardless of who your favorite team is i think we all can agree that was awesome! also, i wouldn’t have known about it if it wasn’t for USCHO writer Joe Paisley so thank you for including it in your blog. It was more enjoyable than reading a box score with the Sioux coming up short. 

  8. You guys should keep track of how many scores you get right (or at least the differential) to use as a tie breaker in case you get to the end of the year even :D

  9. Thanks for the nice write-up Paully. Kinda shocking too see Wisco falter this week, but I bet the goofs are lined up for some trap games here on out. Would Be cool too see Wisco win the big ten and then the natty. Man. I can taste it now. #Onwisconson

    • Wait…what if an entire fan base that completely mobile — I mean we travel everywhere — what if we ALL did that this — would that be amazing or what????


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