Here’s the final preview in a series of major conference previews for the WCHA, CCHA, Hockey East, and ECAC. Here’s the ECAC prediction for the upcoming year. Note that the ECAC produced three NCAA teams last season (Yale, Union, RPI). Parentheses indicate the first round playoff matchup:
1. Union 26-10-4 (First Round Bye)
2. Yale 28-7-1 (First Round Bye)
3. Dartmouth 19-12-3 (First Round Bye)
4. Cornell 16-15-3 (First Round Bye)
5. RPI 20-13-5 (vs. Harvard)
6. Princeton 14-16-8 (vs. St. Lawrence)
7. Clarkson 15-19-2 (vs. Colgate)
8. Quinnipiac 16-15-8 (vs. Brown)
9. Brown 10-16-5 (at Quinnipiac)
10. Colgate 11-28-3 (at Clarkson)
11. St. Lawrence 13-22-5 (at Princeton)
12. Harvard 12-21-1 (at RPI)
Here are some fun facts about the ECAC, organized by Examiner’s prediction of their conference finish.
1: Union finished the year with two less overall wins than Yale, but it was Union who had three more ties that proved beneficial in the conference seeding. The 2-2 tie with Quinnipiac on Feb 25th ended a string of nine games won before the Dutchmen finished 2-3.
2: Yale had two more wins than Union as mentioned, but the statistic I want to point at was a game with Holy Cross on January 2nd. Yale easily beat the Crusaders 10-3, and outshot Holy Cross 40-22.
3: Dartmouth finished the season with three wins in their last five games played and outscored their opponents 11-7 in those victories. They were outscored in their two losses 6-2.
4: Cornell lost its first three games out of the gate to start the 2010 season, but they won three of the last five, even being outshot by their opponents: 37-27, 39-32, and 37-18.
5: RPI finished the year seven ahead of .500, and the Engineers longest win streak in 2010 was five games, from January 15 through January 29.
6: Princeton finished the year only four games ahead of .500, and their two longest win streaks gave the Tigers a combined five-game streak followed by a four game streak after their loss to Cornell on January 7th.
7: Clarkson might be a team we only see once on NHL Network, but the Golden Knights net minder by the name of Paul Karpovich recorded a 3.02 GAA and a .912 save percentage on 1,155 total shots faced.
8: The Quinnipac Bobcats opened up 2010 with four wins in their first five games (including a 2-1 win versus Ohio State). Watch for Jeremy Langlois to possibily extend on his eighteen goal year from 2010.
9: The Brown Bears recently made news in a successful attempt to save drowning kids. Story here. On the ice, Brown lost three of its last five games in ECAC play, outscoring opponents 9-6 in the wins.
10: The Colgate Raiders finished seventeen games below .500, but goaltender Eric Mihalik got most of the load. The guy with a 2.92 GAA earned 1518:23 of ice time, which is 625:16 longer than any of their other goaltenders.
11: The battle for 11th and 12th is really a toss-up between St. Lawrence and Harvard, but the St. Lawrence Saints hardly had anything going for them in 2010 (eight fewer wins than losses). Freshman goaltender Matt Weninger played just over 1,537 minutes and compiled a 2.65 GAA. Expect him in net this upcoming year.
12: Finally, it’s the Harvard Crimson. Carolina draft pick Danny Biega led the team in scoring with thirty points, while Kyle Richter and Matt Carroll split the bulk of the goaltending duties. Combined, Carroll and Richter had 1954:22 of ice time.
We hope you enjoyed the four major conference previews over these last few days. What are you looking forward to about hockey season the most? Drop a line on Facebook or send me an email (below) to make your voice heard!
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