Brown took advantage of the opportunity to move into a first-place tie with a four point weekend, defeating Vermont 4-2 and wrapping up the Ivy League championship with a 5-0 victory over Dartmouth. St. Lawrence had the other weekend sweep, besting Colgate 5-4 in overtime and downing Cornell 5-2.
In other action Friday it was Renssalaer over Yale 4-3 and Union 7, Princeton 4, while on Saturday Yale topped Union 5-2 and Princeton and RPI skated to a 2-2 tie.
So, with just four games remaining, Clarkson and Brown are tied for the ECAC lead with 25 points. Harvard is in third with 21, followed in rapid succession by RPI with 20, Colgate with 19, Vermont with 18, Princeton with 17 and St. Lawrence with 16. Cornell and Yale are tied for ninth place with 15 points. Within striking distance of the tenth place mark needed to make the playoffs are Union in eleventh with 13 and a resurgent Dartmouth in last place with 12 points.
Heading into the next to last weekend of the season, with everyone but Clarkson and Brown still looking to secure a playoff spot, there are no unimportant games. Harvard and Brown are in the capital district to face RPI and Union--by the way, the Harvard-Renssalaer game Friday will be channel 37's College Hockey Game of the Week, their first ECAC tilt that I've been aware of. In action of interest here in the booth, Cornell and Colgate will visit Princeton and Yale, and finally Clarkson and St. Lawrence play host to Vermont and Dartmouth.
This is Joe P------k, KJUC sports.