It was a wild weekend in the ECAC and no team did a complete 180 between the two days then the Dartmouth Big Green. Friday night is probably a game coach Bob Gaudet took the video file on his computer, right click and hit delete as the Princeton Tigers won 9-2 at Hobey Baker Rink. Six of the goals came in the opening period
Give Gaudet credit as he went right back Adrian Clark on Saturday night after only playing 14-plus minutes Friday night. Against Quinnipiac, the Bobcats fired 43 shots on the sophomore from Toronto. He did his job as he stopped all 43 them as the two teams skated to a scoreless tie in Hamden, Connecticut.
The craziness continued in Troy, N.Y. on Saturday as Brown came behind from a three goal deficit in the final 8:53 of the contest against Rensselaer. Tommy Marchin scored twice to complete his hat trick to get the Bears within one while his linemate Chris Berger sent the game into overtime with 3:27 remaining in the game. Tim Lappin completed the come back 1:35 into the extra session.
Speaking of hat tricks
Marchin wasn’t the only player to light the lamp three times in a game this weekend. Ted Hart of Yale paced the Bulldogs on Saturday night in a 5-3 victory over Union. The junior from Cumberland, Maine now has four goals on the year for seven points. He also scored Friday night against RPI.
Ryan Donato of Harvard picked up a hat trick against Quinnipiac Friday night in a 6-2 victory over the Bobcats. He had five points on the weekend as he had a goal and an assists against Princeton on Saturday.
With nine goals, you expected a hat trick in the Princeton-Dartmouth game for the Tigers. Max Véronneau picked up three goals for Princeton. He leads the team in scoring with nine goals and six assists.
Ranked teams were challenged
Besides No. 3 Clarkson who defeated Canisius 5-1 on Saturday night, it was a tough go for ECAC teams ranked inside the top 20 of the USCHO poll.
No. 5 Cornell and No. 19 Union who each had a pair of games only managed to earn splits. The Big Red traveled to Oxford, Ohio to take on the Redhawks of Miami. Friday night they suffered a 2-1 loss as they only dropped their second game of the season. Saturday, they made sure the trip back home was going to be on a positive note as they came away with a 4-0 victory
Union meanwhile started the weekend off strong with a 3-1 victory over Brown on Friday night. On Saturday, they couldn’t stop Ted Hart in a 5-3 loss to the Bulldogs. The Dutchmen are still playing good hockey as they are 9-2-1 in their past 12 games after starting the season 0-5.
No. 17 Colgate only had one non-conference game this weekend and fell to Army West Point on Saturday afternoon 3-1. The Raiders will have to find consistency scoring if they want to stay in the polls and more importantly in the top half of the ECAC standings because there’s so much Colton Point can do.