ECAC Hockey Report, 1995 February 15

The ECAC playoff picture began to come ever-so-slightly into focus this weekend as the Golden Knights of Clarkson became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with a weekend sweep, 3-2 over Yale and 6-3 against Princeton, while their travel partner St. Lawrence split their two games, falling to Princeton 5-2 and blanking Yale 4-0.

The two teams tied for second, Harvard and Brown, each picked up a hard-fought two points this weekend courtesy of the Big Red of Cornell, with the Crimson eking out a 2-1 victory (their eighth straight regular season win over the Red) and the Bears winning a 5-4 slugfest the following night at Lynah Rink. Brown were themselves shellacked Friday night, 8-1 at the hands of Colgate, while Harvard and the Red Raiders were idle Saturday.

Meanwhile up North, Dartmouth pulled out of their slump with a weekend sweep, 7-3 over RPI and 6-5 over Union, while Vermont did likewise, downing Union 8-1 and Renssalaer 2-1.

So, with six games remaining, Clarkson widens their lead at 25 points, while Harvard and Brown remain tied for second with 21. Colgate and RPI battle for fourth place with 17 points, and Vermont joins Princeton in sixth with 16. Yale and Cornell drop to eighth, remaining at 13 points after each being swept. Right on their tail are St. Lawrence in tenth place with 12, followed by Union with 11. Dartmouth leaps back into the playoff picture with 10 points, still, however, bringing up the rear.

The Ivy League title will in all likelihood be settled next weekend as Harvard and Brown finish up their Ivy slates by hosting Dartmouth. The Bears lead Harvard by one point, 13 to 12, in the Ancient Six standings. Princeton, with 9 points and games against Dartmouth and Cornell to play in upcoming weeks, still has an outside chance at the co-championship. In other action, Vermont also travels to Harvard and Brown, while Clarkson and St. Lawrence host Colgate and Cornell. Finally, Princeton and Yale will travel to the Capital District to take on Union and RPI.

This is Joe P------k, KJUC sports.

Last Modified: 1995 September 26
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