Turning to the standings, preseason favorite and national top-ten team Vermont have finally claimed the lead, with 17 points in their nine games. The only blemish on the Catamounts' ECAC record is a tie at home against Cornell back in November. Last week's leaders, St. Lawrence, remain in second place with 15 points. Harvard also have fifteen points, but their claim to the number two spot should soon evaporate once the rest of the league catches up with their thirteen games played. Colgate are in fourth with 14 points in ten games. Clarkson and Cornell each have 13 points for the number five spot, but the Golden Knights have a game in hand over both Colgate and Cornell. In the bottom six, Brown creep closer to the leaders with 10 points in twelve games, while RPI hit the skids with 7 in ten. The Big Green of Dartmouth used their four-point weekend to climb out of the ECAC cellar all the way to an eighth-place tie with Union at 6 points. The three-game winning streak has also moved the boys from New Hamphire to third place in the Ivies with half their games played. Another Ivy school, Yale, also have 6 points in the ECAC, but they've taken a whopping twelve games to get there. Finally, Princeton Tigers have followed last year's 9-10-3 finish with a dismal 1-10-2 start to settle into the ECAC cellar.
Next week sees only limited ECAC play, but most of it will be significant. In the one full series next weekend, league-leading Vermont, along with Dartmouth, go to the North Country to take on second-place St. Lawrence and fifth-place Clarkson. Meanwhile, Colgate play their annual home-and-home series with Cornell Thursday and Saturday with several spots in the standings on the line. And in the other contest between travel partners, Union visit Rensselaer. With Princeton and Harvard idle for exams, the other two Ivy squads are on military maneuvers, Brown playing a pair at hapless Air Force and Yale visiting Merrimack before hosting Army.
With the ECAC hockey report, this is Joe P------k, Mr. Squishy sports.