Saturday, March 23, 2013

Yale NCAA hopes fading fast

Not looking good for Yale after its 3-0 loss to Quinnipiac in the ECAC Hockey consolation. It pushed Yale back to 13th in the Pairwise Rankings, and the at-large hopes will be crushed with either a Boston University win tonight or a Michigan win on Sunday.

Rough end for Yale, which looked fabulous in sweeping St. Lawrence last weekend only to be shutout in consecutive games with its season on the line. More troubling...a win over Quinnipiac would have secured a No. 2 seed; now, it looks like Yale will be on the outside looking in at the field of 16.

Couple of quick notes:

Rand Pecknold told me Matthew Peca and Mike Dalhuisen, both scratches tonight, would have played if the game meant something. He said he considered sitting a couple of other guys as well.

Eric Hartzell said he was upset when Pecknold pulled him Friday night, telling Pecknold he wanted to go back in. The two spoke again Friday night, and Hartzell was at his best against Yale, posting his 10th career shutout.

Yale coach Keith Allain didn't show for his press conference. While it's not mandatory, I'm told, it's strongly encouraged by the ECAC. Regardless, it reflects poorly on Yale and the ECAC. He should have been there.


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