ECAC Hockey Report, 1996 January 1

This past Holiday week saw a total of seven College Hockey tournaments involving ECAC teams. Cornell kicked off the action Wednesday in the Denver Cup by playing what coach Mike Schafer called their worst game of the season against possibly the best team in the country, resulting in an 11-0 humiliation at the hands of Colorado College. The Tigers' 11 goals broke the tournament record of 10 set by Brown against Air Force last year, but in the nightcap, host Denver equalled that mark with an 11-1 pasting of Air Force. The Falcons gave Cornell a scare in the consolation game, trailing only 3-2 after two and starting the third with 90 seconds of a two-man advantage, plus another three and half minutes of 5-on-4 from a five-minute major, but the Red used a clutch shorthanded goal to turn the tide and eventually prevailed 6-2 to claim third place. The final, a nationally-televised showdown of cross-state rivals, provided a great show, as DU spotted CC two goals, but answered with three of their own and a third period full of stellar saves by goalie Jim Mullin to take the Cup and end Colorado College's unbeaten run. We'll be playing my interview with Cornell Defenseman Jason Kendall a bit later in the hour, and you can read my full report on the Denver Cup on the World Wide Web at

More pummelling of ECAC schools went on in the Midwest, where Princeton finished last in the Badger Hockey Showdown in Milwaukee, losing 10-2 to Boston University and 8-3 to Wisconsin. In the final, a Notre Dame team which had advanced by upsetting the host school 3-2 was no match for BU, who were 7-3 winners. At the Mariucci Classic, Harvard also ended up #4, falling 5-2 to host Minnesota and 8-3 to New Hampshire, while Minnesota won the tournament with a 3-2 victory over Bowling Green, who had themselves been 3-2 winners over UNH in the semis. A bit further North in Saskatoon, Yale had their problems in the round-robin Chill Out, edging Western Ontario 6-5 on penalty shots before losing 8-2 to Team Austria and 8-3 to host Saskatchewan. The Elis, at least, can take consolation in the fact that their games were officially only exhibitions.

Back on the East Coast, three tournaments featured two ECAC schools each, but none of the possible extra tilts within the conference materialized. At the RPI invitational, Clarkson advanced with a 4-3 win over Providence, while the host school fell 5-4 to Illinois-Chicago. Rensselaer went on to lose 3-2 to the Friars in the consolation, while the Golden Knights claimed the ECAC's lone tournament title of the weekend, besting UIC 4-2 in the final. In Burlington, the Sheraton/USAir Classic saw some surprises, as Dartmouth won their first game of the season, 3-1 over Boston College while host Vermont fell 5-2 to Minnesota-Duluth. After UVM and BC tied at 1 in the consolation, The Big Green fell just short of pulling off another shocker, falling 3-2 to UMD in the championship. Moving to Central New York, Colgate advanced to the finals of the Syracuse Invitational by topping Northeastern 4-3 while St. Lawrence lost 5-2 to Western Michigan. The Skating Saints salvaged third place with a 4-1 win over Northeastern in the consolation while WMU edged the Red Raiders 5-4 to take the title.

Outside of the Tournament forum, Brown and Union faced Hockey East foes in non-league bouts. The Skating Dutchmen were 4-2 winners over Merrimack, while the Brown Bears fell 6-3 to Mass-Lowell and, just this afternoon, tied Merrimack at 4.

Again, with the lack of ECAC conference action this week, Clarkson maintains their lead of one point on Colgate and two points on St. Lawrence, Cornell and Harvard, so let's have a look at the Ivy League standings so far this year. So far, the Ancient Six race has been dominated by archrivals Cornell and Harvard. The Crimson have the most points, at 5-1-0, but the Big Red are undefeated at 4-0-1, thanks to their big win against the boys from Cambridge back in November. Yale are a distant third at 2-3-0, followed by Princeton at 1-4-1 and Brown at 1-4-0. Dartmouth have only played one Ivy game, losing 4-3 to Cornell in overtime, but considering their overall 1-10-1 record, that may be a good thing for the Big Green.

The ECAC action resumes on the first weekend of the new year, with several big games taking place in Central New York, where first-place Clarkson and third-place St. Lawrence visit fellow frontrunners Colgate and Cornell. One other showdown presents itself in Cambridge as Harvard and Yale play host to Vermont and Dartmouth, and finally the lower division entertains itself as Rensselaer and Union visit Princeton and Brown.

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

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