Three things: Jan. 29

There’s a new team atop of the ECAC standings after this weekend’s play as St. Lawrence defeated Rensselaer 2-1 on Friday and a wild 4-3 victory over Union on Saturday.

The second period on Saturday saw the team’s score five of the seven goals in the middle frame. The Saints mid-season addition of Alex Gilmour has been really paying off. He had three goals on the weekend including the tying and game winning goals on Saturday. Since joining the team from Pembroke Lumber Kings of the Central Canada Hockey League he has six goals and two assists in nine games.

St. Lawrence also got a boost Saturday as senior defenseman Gavin Bayreuther returned to the lineup and made an immediate impact as he had the Saints second goal Saturday as they scored three unanswered for the come from behind win.

Union meanwhile is one point ahead of Harvard for second in the standings as they defeated Clarkson on Friday evening 6-2. Mark Dufour led the Dutchmen with two goals in the victory.

Tough weekend for Cornell

With the Big Red climbing the standings since the second weekend of November as they only dropped one conference game since Nov. 18 coming into the weekend, this weekend was a good chance to slide into the top tier of the ECAC standings.

Well that didn’t happen with a 4-1 loss to Harvard, while it’s a disappointing loss, it isn’t a shocking loss as the Crimson have been the crème de la crème of the ECAC for most of the year. Saturday, however is a different story losing to Dartmouth. The game against the Big Green was the winnable game on their schedule this weekend. Give credit to Bob Gaudet and his players on playing an excellent game, but it’s a big two points lost for Cornell.

If they scored two points this weekend they could have been in striking distance for second and third being five and four points out. Now they sit six points out of third.

What they do have in they favor is they still have two games against Union and one against St. Lawrence. Those are must win games if they want to move from the middle pack to the top tier of the conference.

ECAC teams face the two newest DI programs

This weekend saw Arizona State come east to face Quinnipiac while Princeton hosted Penn State in Philadelphia.

The Bobcats split the weekend with the Sun Devils as they opened the weekend series with a 5-2 victory, but couldn’t complete the sweep Saturday as Arizona State won 4-2. After a good start it looked like this weekend could get the Bobcats back on track.

At this point of the year an at large bid is looking unlikely for Quinnipiac. They need use the next month to prepare for the ECAC tournament and get hot just in time for March.

Princeton once again showed they like to come to play against nationally ranked teams as the defeated Penn State 5-4. They are 5-3 on the season against ranked teams. They have two more games against teams currently in the USCHO poll in St. Lawrence on Feb. 10 and Union on Feb. 18. If they get by in the first round of the ECAC tournament they have more than a punchers chance to pull of an upset if the offense is clicking like it has against top competition.

17 COMMENTS

  1. Great campus, beautifully renovated new rink, this could be some great momentum that the program finally builds on campus

  2. Union moves up one spot and receives a first place vote after losing a game to SLU this weekend, and SLU only moves up two places? Why the disrespect?

      • So a win against a middle-of-the-pack Clarkson team is more profound than a loss to SLU? Beating a team that was also beat by league losers RPI is enough to totally negate a loss at St. Lawrence? That’s what moving up in the standings signifies and it is wrong.

        • you mean that terrible RPI team SLU only beat with a minute left?? Union has been flying under the radar with the poll voters who are finally waking up to how good they really are. Plus they spanked Clarkson. They lost a tough one late to a good SLU team on the back end of the road trip end of story. Had they been at home and lost they would have moved down a spot or two. In the end the only thing that matters is the pairwise anyways.

          • Also the person writing this blog should have mentioned that although SLU moved ahead by a point that Union has 2 games in hand on them

          • I didn’t call RPI terrible, I called them league losers, which they are if you look at the record. I’m not bashing Union, I’m saying it’s disrespectful to SLU to show such little movement after that win. And if you think Hayton is the only thing keeping SLU afloat, maybe take a look at who they have on the blue line.

          • oh I agree SLU should have moved up more after beating the fifth ranked team but I think the RPI game might have held them up. SLU and Union are ALWAYS very tight games and both would make teams very nervous come tourney time. I am hoping that the ECAC can get at least 3 teams in the tourney this year so hoping SLU is the 3rd instead of Cornell as Union has 2 games left against Cornell. If Cornell was in top 14 it would probably mean at the expense of Union lol

          • Cornell doesn’t worry me. I will never forget several years ago when they came to town to play an average SLU team while they were ranked #4. SLU came away with the victory, 8-1. Tough to play up here, especially if you’re the Big Red.

          • Might as well be, have you seen how many Canton people show up for that? I have a hotel booked and my weekend passes already and I’m not even sure SLU will make it.

          • Just hoping Union stays in Pairwise top 14 so they will get there but you never know where “there” will be

  3. Cornell’s loss to Dartmouth was bad officiating and bad puck luck. Hopefully both will improve going forward. Next weekend’s game against Union I think will be very telling as to whether Cornell will be likely to get an at large berth or not.

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