With a mere two games left to play, the ECAC standings are still tight at the top and bottom. The top five teams, all assured of a preliminary-round bye in the playoffs, now jockey for position; at stake are home ice in the first round, awarded to the top four, and a guaranteed berth to the NCAA tournament for the top finisher. Vermont have clinched the former and hold the inside track for the latter with 33 points. St. Lawrence are right behind with 32, followed by Clarkson with 31, Cornell with 30 and Colgate with 28. With four games among those four teams this weekend, things could look very different in a week. In sixth place we find Harvard clinging to the last preliminary-round bye with 19 points, although Brown at 16 still have an outside chance to catch them. Moving to the bottom five, we find them even more tightly packed than the top five. Three of those five will qualify for the playoffs, and two will stay home. Going into the final weekend, we find RPI in eighth with 12 points, followed by Princeton with 11, Dartmouth with 10 and Union tied for eleventh with Yale at 9.
The upcoming climactic weekend of the ECAC race sees four huge contests in the North Country, as Cornell and Colgate visit Clarkson and St. Lawrence, while the struggle to make the playoffs plays itself out in the Capital District, where Rensselaer and Union host Yale and Princeton. Meanwhile, the two clubs in the middle, Harvard and Brown, face a representative from each class, travelling North to take on Dartmouth and Vermont.
With the ECAC hockey report, this is Joe P------k, Mr. Squishy sports.