ECAC Hockey Report, 1996 November 27
Seven Days in the ECAC
A brief rundown for Mr. Squishy Show listeners
by Joe Schlobotnik
- Monday, November 18
- The Around
the Rinks/US College
Hockey Online poll is
released, showing that Cornell's victory over Vermont has moved the
4-0 Big Red, the only undefeated team in the NCAA, into the top ten
and dropped the Catamounts from third to fourth. Around the Rinks
host Adam Wodon declares that the pollsters are giving the Red "no
respect" by tabbing them no higher than tenth.
- Tuesday, November 19
- Harvard defeats Brown 2-1 to complete the first season sweep in
the ECAC. At six games a piece, the Crimson and Bears have
participated in more contests than any other teams in the league, but
have only eight points between them in those twelve games. This is
the same number of points as Cornell has registered in but four
- Friday, November 22
- In New Haven, league-leading Cornell sleepwalks through 59
minutes against a much-improved Yale team to find itself tied at 3.
Vinnie Auger streaks towards the Yale goal on a breakaway, but is
hauled down from behind. No penalty is called, and the Elis take a
3-on-2 breakout the other way to score and go up 4-3 with exactly a
minute remaining. Cornell's Matt Cooney loses his head during the
ensuing celebration and tries to take off that belonging to one of the
Bulldogs with a cross-check. He is sent off for a five-minute major.
Desparate, Cornell coach Mike Schafer begins to reach into his bag of
tricks. He calls his timeout, and sophomore goalie Jean-Marc
Pelletier is pulled for junior Jason Elliott to buy extra time.
Twelve seconds later, the officials mistakenly call the shorthanded
Red for icing, and Schafer digs deeper, calling for a measurement on a
Yale player's stick. It is illegal, bringing the teams to four
skaters a side. Elliott is pulled for the extra attacker, but Cornell
cannot score, falls from the ranks of the unbeaten. Elsewhere in New
England, Vermont's league woes continue as they give up four
unanswered goals after taking a 1-0 lead at Dartmouth. This is the
same Catamount team which defeated Boston University on the road
earlier this season. Princeton continues its strong start and
Colgate's early slump by defeating the Red Raiders 4-3. In the
Capital District, the ECAC's other undefeated squad, RPI, falls 4-0 to
Tech rivals Clarkson. Counting two non-conference tilts, the
Engineers have been held scoreless in their last three outings.
St. Lawrence wins 4-3 at Union and over in Michigan, the Brown Bears
suffer a 5-2 non-league loss against the national champion Wolverines.
- Saturday, November 23
- All eyes are, surprisingly, on Hobey Baker Rink as 4-1 Cornell
visits 3-1-1 Princeton in an unlikely early battle for first place.
The Red give up the first goal for the sixth time in sixth games, 77
seconds into the contest, but that will be the only tally Elliott
surrenders, as Cornell wakes up to score two power play goals in a
16-shot second period en route to a 3-1 win. Over in New Haven, the
Elis fall short of another upset as Colgate pulls off a 4-3 overtime
win against Yale to pull to 3-3. The upset bug is still alive and
well, however, as RPI downs an ailing St. Lawrence squad 6-3 and Union
shocks Clarkson with a 2-1 victory. When the dust has settled, all
eight teams involved in the weekend series emerge with a split. And
in Ann Arbor, Michigan is again too much for Brown, to the tune of
- Sunday, November 24
- This afternoon in Burlington, Vermont defeats Mass-Amherst 4-1
thanks to two goals and an assist from J.C. Ruid. The Cats are now
5-0 in non-conference play but only 2-3 in the ECAC.
- Monday, November 25
- The new poll brings the puzzling news that Cornell has moved up
from tenth to ninth despite losing to Yale; the Big Red have passed
North Dakota, who split in Anchorage over the weekend. Meanwhile, it
is no big surprise that another weekend split has continued Vermont's
plummet from the fourth to the seventh spot in the poll.
- Tuesday, November 26
- In a preview of this year's first-round Beanpot game, Harvard
falls 5-1 to Hockey East powerhouse Boston University, while in
conference action Princeton improves to 4-2-1 in the ECAC with a 4-2
win over Yale. Tiger Jason Given scores the gamewinner in the last
minute of the second and adds an empty-netter just before the horn.
The current standings show Cornell on top with 10 points in
six games, followed closely by Princeton with 9 in seven. Three teams
are a bit back with 6 points a piece: 3-1 Rensselaer, 3-2 Clarkson and
3-3 Colgate. Harvard are in sixth with 5 points in their six games,
and Yale also have 5 in their seven contests. Union lead the pack of
4-point teams at 2-2, while preseason favorites Vermont find
themselves at 2-3 along with Dartmouth and St. Lawrence. Brown is in
last place with but 3 points in their five league games.
What will the next seven days bring for the ECAC? With the
holiday weekend, there are only three conference games in the next
week: on Saturday, Brown, looking to sneak out of the cellar, hosts
Yale (and if the Bears win, it will put Vermont into an improbable tie
for last place), while Princeton tries to become the first team to go
over ten points as they entertain Harvard. On Tuesday, Cornell hosts
Colgate in a battle of central New York travel partners. The Red
Raiders will be looking for revenge, as the Big Red swept them in two
playoff games back in March by a combined score of 16-4. There will
also be plenty of non-conference action this weekend, as BU and BC
travel to the North Country to face St. Lawrence and Clarkson; Vermont
plays host to the Governers' Cup tournament featuring New Hampshire,
Mass-Lowell and Maine; Colgate and Cornell play host to eighth-ranked
Miami University, second place in the CCHA; RPI visits Northeastern
and Merrimack; Dartmouth hosts Merrimack and Harvard welcomes
Northeastern; and finally Union plays host to Ottawa.
With a week in the world of ECAC hockey, this has been Joe
Schlobotnik, Mr. Squishy Sports.