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.


  1. FWIW: While Penn State may be the program in Pennsylvania closest to Philadelphia, Princeton is less than 50 miles from the city, to the northeast and just across the river. Brown and Providence are both closer to Philadelphia than is Robert Morris.

    In fairness, while Penn State football used to, and perhaps still does, generate a lot of interest and support in the metro area (I haven’t lived there in some time), the other schools, even Princeton, aren’t part of the sports consciousness of the region, except perhaps as opponents of local teams (Princeton in basketball for Penn; Providence in basketball for Villanova).

    Hockey has been popular in the region since at least the early ’70s. The original Jersey Devils hockey team was in the Eastern Hockey League and played at the Cherry Hill Arena from 1963 to 1973.

    Although the local high schools did not have teams then, there were opportunities to play in local leagues, although I don’t remember anything about those other than that when I was in high school in the early ’70s I knew a couple guys who played.

  2. Thousands of Philadelphians miss Univ. of Penn. playing at the D-1 level. They have a great on campus arena (Class of 1923 Rink). The university did away with the D-1 hockey program sometime in the 1970’s. It is a real shame.

  3. UPENN has an excellent hockey club. Can someone push them to rejoin the ECAC? I think they already have everything in place. Just need a push from the alumni.


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