ECAC Hockey Report, 1995 December 25

This week in the ECAC three teams saw non-conference action. The Big Green of Dartmouth continued their losing ways by dropping a pair at North Dakota, 8-2 and 6-3. Then this weekend Cornell participated in the UMass World Junior Tournament in Amherst and Union in the JCPenney Classic in Orono, Maine. Each tournament showcased two Eastern College Hockey squads and two World Junior teams, in New England for the World Championships this week in Boston. Union had a tough time in their tourney, being dominated 4-0 by Maine in the first round and falling 6-4 to Switzerland in the consolation. Meanwhile the Swedes walked away with the tourney, edging the Swiss 3-2 and then downing Maine 5-2 for the title. The tournament in Amherst was somewhat more hotly contested, with ECAC representative Cornell slipping by host team UMass 2-1, while Finland blew out Slovakia 6-1 in the other semi. Both second round games ended in ties, the Consolation between Slovakia and Mass-Amherst knotting at 5 while Cornell and Finland skated to a 2-2 deadlock in the Championship. The tournament title was decided on penalty shots, and the foreigners prevailed here as well, with the Fins scoring 3 goals to the Big Red's 1.

With no league games last week, the standings didn't change, so let's take a look at each team's overall NCAA record: The Vermont Catamounts weigh in best overall with a 10-2-1 record, their only losses coming in one-goal games to Hockey East powerhouses Maine and Boston University. Clarkson boast an 8-3-2 record, while their travel partners St. Lawernce are 7-5-1. Preseason favorites Colgate no doubt look to improve on a 6-4-2 start. The ECAC's early surprise team, Cornell, move to 5-3-3 overall with the win over Mass-Amherst, their first victory outside the league. Perennial power Harvard also have 13 total points, with a dissapointing 6-5-1 overall mark. The lower division are all under .500 overall, with the best mark coming from defending champions RPI at 4-9-1. Yale and Princeton are next with 4-8-0 and 3-9-2 marks, respectively. The Elis' four wins have all come against Princeton and Air Force. Defending Ivy League champions Brown hold a dissapointing 2-5-3 mark, followed by Union at 2-7-2. Finally, at 0-9-1, the Big Green of Dartmouth are the only Division I squad other than independent Air Force without a victory.

This week, the Holiday Tournaments continue, with 10 of the 12 ECAC teams getting in on the action. Possible showdowns loom at the RPI Invitational, where the first-round pairings match Renssalaer with Illinois-Chicago and Clarkson with Providence, the Sheraton/USAir Classic in Vermont, where the host team entertains Minnesota-Duluth while their rivals Dartmouth battle Boston College, and the Syracuse Invitational, where Colgate plays Northeastern in one semifinal and St. Lawrence takes on Western Michigan in the other. Four more tourneys include one ECAC squad each: Yale are in Saskatoon for three exhibitions in the Chill Out Tournament, Princeton travel to Milwaukee for the Badger Hockey Showdown, where they face BU in the first round, followed by Wisconsin or Notre Dame, Harvard are in the Mariucci Classic, facing host Minnesota, followed by New Hampshire or Bowling Green, and finally, Cornell are at the Denver Cup, where they face undefeated Colorado College, followed by Denver University or Air Force. I, Joe P------k, will be making the drive to Colorado to cover the tournament for Mr. Squishy Sports, attending my last four College Hockey games of the season. The two remaining ECAC squads also face inter-conference action this week, with Brown visiting Mass-Lowell on Saturday and Merrimack on Monday and Union playing at Merrimack on Saturday.

With the ECAC hockey report, this is Joe P------k, Mr. Squishy sports.

Last Modified: 1995 December 24
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