With all the higher seeds taking care of business last weekend, the ECAC Finals in Albany will feature the best four teams from the conference. Princeton and Cornell are making their second straight trip to Albany while St. Lawrence returns after a two year lay-off, while Yale makes its first trip to Albany since the finals moved their in 2003.
No. 1 Yale vs. No. 4 St. Lawrence
Season Series (1-0-1 St. Lawrence, 3-2 Nov. 7 St. Lawrence, 2-2 Jan. 17)
Breakdown: Both teams made light work of their opponents last weekend. After falling behind Brown 2-0 in the opening game, Yale rallied for four straight goals in the 4-2 win and then shut out the Bears 2-0 for the sweep.
St. Lawrence swept Quinnipiac out of the playoffs with back-to-back 5-2 victories. Both times these two teams have gone head-to-head this season, the game has gone to overtime. Yale has more than likely secured at least an at-large position in the NCAA tournament, but a loss would not be advised.
The Saints will more than likely need to win the championship to garner the automatic bid and a spot in the field.
No. 2 Cornell vs. No. 3 Princeton
Season Series (1-1, 1-0 Nov. 7 Cornell, 2-1 Feb. 7 Princeton)
Breakdown: Both teams had to battle out last weekend to earn their spot in Albany for this weekend.
Cornell fell behind in their series with RPI as the Engineers pulled off the 1-0 upset on Friday night. The Big Red bounced back with a 4-0 victory on Saturday and a 4-3 win on Sunday.
Princeton defeated Union on Friday 3-2, then lost Saturday and clinched the series with a 3-1 win on Sunday. The Big Red and Tigers have battled near the top of the standings all season but both teams lost out to the Bulldogs.
Both teams have strong goaltending in Ben Scrivens for Cornell and Princeton’s Zane Kalemba was named player and goaltender of the year by the conference.
Expect a slugfest between these two teams battling for the chance for the ECAC Championship.