ECAC Update

With each ECAC team having at least played four and as many as nine conference games, here’s a quick update on how each team is faring so far this season.

Princeton – The Tigers have not disappointed so far this season. After losing their first conference game 1-0 to Cornell, Princeton has reeled off seven straight conference victories and has not given up more than two goals in any of the contests. Junior goaltender Zane Kalemba has been a brick wall between the pipes.

Cornell – The Big Red are the only team to not lose an ECAC game so far this season as they carry a 4-0-2 record in conference play. Their 10 points leave them in a three-way tie for second with Dartmouth and Harvard. Through eight games, junior Colin Greening leads the team with seven points.

Dartmouth – The Big Green, who were picked to finish in 11th in preseason polls, are easily the biggest surprise so far this season. After losing their ECAC opener to Harvard, Dartmouth won their next five games, which included three road victories. However, the team won’t skate in its next ECAC game until after the new year.

Harvard – Right now the Crimson are tied for second, but that may be deceiving because they have played the most ECAC games (9). Harvard has had an up and down season so far and when they take the ice against Quinnipiac on January 2nd, it will be 47 days since their last conference win. Freshman goaltender Matt Hoyle has been a surprise for the Crimson as he has registered an impressive 2.09 GAA.

Quinnipiac – The Bobcats hit an early cold streak as they were unable to register a goal in there for three conference games. Four wins and a close loss to Princeton later, Quinnipiac is right back in the swing of things. After the new year, the Bobcats will host their first four ECAC games and will look to make their move toward the top of the standings.

Yale – The jury is still out on the Bulldogs as they have only played four ECAC games so far. They have a 3-1 conference record but those three wins came against winless Brown and one win Clarkson. Sean Backman has been stellar so far as he has scored eight goals so far.

Colgate – The Raiders knew that the beginning of the season would be a struggle on offense and it has been nothing short of that. The Raiders scored five goals in an October 24th battle with Robert Morris, but since then they have not scored more than two goals in a game.

St. Lawrence – The Saints own one of the strangest streaks this season as they opened their first three ECAC games by going to overtime in all of them. In those three games, they had a 1-1-1 record. Since earning a win and tie in the first two games, St. Lawrence has dropped four straight ECAC games.

Union – As with Yale, the jury might still be out on the Dutchmen. Union has only lost one non-conference games, but only owns a 1-3 ECAC record. Their three losses came to the teams in the upper part of the standings so Union may pick up some wins as their schedule gets easier.

Rensselaer – It’s been a rough start to the season for the Engineers as they have only mustered two overall wins and only one ECAC victory (3-2 over Harvard). Things won’t get any better for RPI anytime soon as seven of their nine ECAC games will be away from Houston Field House.

Brown – The Bears are the only team without an ECAC victory so far this season. However, Brown will host two teams that are struggling so far in Union and RPI, so they might be able to grab a victory in one of those contests. As their freshmen class gains more experience look for the bears to become more dangerous as the season progresses.

Clarkson – So far the Golden Knights have been the biggest disappointment in the ECAC so far this season. Clarkson has a 3-1 victory over Brown (there only win on the season) and five conference losses since that game to put them in a tie for last. The offensive has struggled and the Golden Knights have used three different goaltenders so far to try and replace Dave Leggio.

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