Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bryce Van Brabant leaving Quinnipiac for Calgary Flames

Bryce Van Brabant, a bruising junior forward at Quinnipiac, will forgo his senior season to sign an NHL contract with the Calgary Flames, the Register has learned.  The deal is for the maximum allowable rookie salary under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

It will also send him directly to the NHL.

Calgary is at Ottawa Sunday evening, and Van Brabant will meet the club there. But his debut is expected to come later in the week. The Flames are at Toronto on Tuesday, at Tampa Bay on Thursday and at Carolina on Friday. Several teams showed heavy interest and at least one other club, the Chicago Blackhawks, was prepared to send Van Brabant directly to the NHL, according to sources.

Representatives from Calgary and Chicago were among those present at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport Friday night when Quinnipiac lost to Providence in the opener of the NCAA East Regional.

Van Brabant will become the first Quinnipiac alum to appear in an NHL game. Goaltender Eric Hartzell dressed for the Penguins shortly after signing last April but did not play. In Calgary, he joins Yale’s Kenny Agostino, a forward signed two weeks ago who also jumped straight from college to the NHL.

At the Frozen Four last April, Van Brabant, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound winger, caught the eye of NHL scouts. This summer, the native of Morinville, Alberta attended developmental camps in Edmonton and Calgary.  He impressed many in the Flames organization, including Brian Burke, the team’s general manager.

Several other NHL teams spent considerable time scouting Van Brabant this winter. Always a physical presence, it was his breakout offensive season that sparked frenzy amongst NHL personnel. He entered the season with nine career goals; his 15 this year ranked third on the Bobcats. He also led the team in penalty minutes.

Van Brabant’s departure means Quinnipiac loses five of its top eight scorers next season. Senior forwards Connor and Kellen Jones and Jordan Samuels-Thomas are expected to sign professional contracts soon. Kellen Jones (Edmonton) and Samuels-Thomas (Winnipeg) have previously been drafted. Connor Jones is expected to join his twin brother in the Oilers organization. Defenseman Zach Tolkinen (19 assists, 22 points) also graduates.

Forward Matthew Peca, whose NHL rights belong to Tampa Bay, stated earlier this winter he plans to return to Quinnipiac for his senior season.


Friday, March 28, 2014

NCAA East Regional, Quinnipiac vs. Providence, live blog

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Practice day in Bridgeport

Four teams, four practices, four press conferences. Some notes and quotes from a day spent at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.
  • Ticket sales have been swift, but there are still plenty remaining. Vermont, Providence, Union and Quinnipiac all took its allotment of 400 tickets, Union and Quinnipiac asked for more. As of Thursday morning, roughly 6,200 had been sold in a building that seats around 8,500 for hockey. A potential Union-Quinnipiac final would be best case for a packed house on Saturday.
  • ESPN dictates game times, and Bridgeport got the short end of the stick with 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. puck drops on Friday. No question that will affect Friday sales and will certainly keep actual attendance down for the early game Friday.
  • The Union coaching connection in the East Regional is impressive. Rick Bennett took over for Nate Leaman, who took over for Kevin Sneddon. All three are coaching here this weekend. Ben Barr, a former Union assistant, joined Leaman at Providence. Quinnipiac assistant Bill Riga arrived from Union six years ago.
  • Jon Gillies made a season-high 45 saves back in November when Providence played Quinnipiac to a 3-3 tie in Hamden. He said the reason the Bobcats had so many shots was that he left too many rebounds that night. "Quinnipiac is four lines deep," Gillies said. "You have to be aware. Their top two lines have as much skill as anyone in college hockey. Our d-core and our commitment to defense, I think we'll be able to handle them just fine."
  • Vermont assistant Kyle Wallack is familiar with Connecticut hockey. The West Hartford native coached at UConn, Quinnipiac and Yale, including two trips to the East Regional with the Bulldogs in 2009 and 2011.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Terry Jones Sr., grandfather of twins you may know, talks old-time New Haven hockey

Must admit, few things bring me as much joy as talking about the old New Haven Blades. Sure, the team folded and the New Haven Arena torn down before I was even born. But the memories remain fond and fresh of those who experienced the Blades, and the stories are almost unbelievable.

Terry Jones Sr., the grandfather of Kellen and Connor Jones, grew up playing hockey in Winnipeg and has lived in Canada for all but two of his 68 years. Those two years in the U.S. were spent in New Haven as a pro hockey player with the Blades. I finally got a chance to speak with Terry for a story in today's Register.

His stories are wonderful. He remembers the dingy locker room of the Arena, post-game gatherings at the old Arena Grille run by Billy Cal, the wild games and crazy personalities. The Blades and the old Eastern Hockey League were straight out of "Slap Shot"...fact is, much of the movie is based on the league and many of the characters in the film played for the Blades. Like Blades penalty minute king Blake Ball, who appears in Slap Shot as Gilmour Tuttle, wrested from his retirement running a donut shot in Mile 40 Saskatchewan to play for the Federal League championship. Ball (appearing below in his Slap Shot role) was a teammate of Terry Jones during his two seasons in New Haven.

We'll get you straightened out...

Here are a few other stories about the Blades and the old New Haven Arena worth your time. Like the final game in franchise history, when goalie Jim Armstrong saw a Syracuse hometown ref punch his New Haven teammate and took matters in his own hands. Armstrong, it should be noted, retired from pro hockey and became head coach at Quinnipiac for many years. And here's one about the Blades that paints a real picture of how games were constantly on the brink of chaos.

It's amazing that 40 years later, the Blades are still vivid in the minds of those who were there. Connor and Kellen Jones told me they've been approached by fans with Blades' programs from the late 60s that featured their grandfather. For most of us living around here, who've watched teams like the Nighthawks, Beast and even baseball's Ravens come and go, it's a sad reminder of what a great minor league sports town this used to be. At least the memories live on...

Friday, March 21, 2014

ECAC semifinals, Quinnipiac vs. Colgate, live blog

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Women's Frozen Four practices at Quinnipiac open to public

Quinnipiac, playing host to this week's women's Frozen Four, announced that Thursday's practices will be open to the public. Press conferences for each team, to take place after they practice, will be streamed live on the HD video scoreboard on the adjoining basketball arena.

Mercyhurst practices at 10:15 a.m., with an 11:45 a.m. press conference
Minnesota practices at 11:45 a.m., with a 1:15 press conference
Clarkson practices at 1:15 p.m., with a 2:45 press conference
Mercyhurst practices at 2:45 p.m., with a 4:15 press conference.

Team practices on Saturday for the two national finalists is also open to the public, with the same video steam of post-practice press conferences.

The full schedule of events for the weekend and ticket info can be found on Quinnipiac's website.

Tickets are available, though standing room only.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Kenny Agostino talks Calgary, Yale

The past 48 hours have been a blur for Kenny Agostino. Yale was eliminated Saturday night, he spent Sunday morning negotiating with the Calgary Flames and that afternoon, he got a real shocker -- word the team wanted him to report straight to the NHL. He spent today in transit, arriving in Calgary only a couple of hours ago, tired, hungry and still in awe of what's happened.

"The turnaround was so quick," Agostino said. "When I received the news that I'd be going off to Calgary, I can't even describe the feeling. I'm just excited for whatever opportunity presents itself and plan to keep my eyes and ears open for as long as I'm here."

Agostino isn't quite sure what's in store yet. He'll know more after meeting with Flames officials prior to tomorrow's pregame morning skate. As of now, he says doesn't know if he'll dress for Tuesday night's game with Buffalo, only because everything has happened so fast. At the moment, Friday against Nashville looks like it'll be his debut.

"Nothing is official," Agostino said. "I still can't believe how fast everything happened."

A year ago around this time, Agostino chose to hold off on signing another year to complete his Yale degree in political science. The team returned from the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh on a Sunday morning, and Agostino headed home to Flanders, N.J. to mull his options. And even though the Bulldogs season ended earlier than expected, a quarterfinal loss at Quinnipiac last weekend, things have worked out just fine.

"I don't regret my decision for a second," Agostino said. "I got to spend four years with my best friends, coach Allain and the staff at Yale. It was the best four years of my life. Words can't describe how special those four years at Yale were to me. Now, I'm ready to begin the next chapter of my hockey career."

Jesse Root signs with Bridgeport

Jesse Root will stay local, for now. The Yale captain signed an amateur tryout contract with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Monday. The deal wasn't completed in time for him to practice today, but, according to Yale coach Keith Allain, Root will make his debut on Wednesday night in Hartford when the Sound Tigers play at the XL Center.

Root became quite a success story at Yale. Recruited for his skill as a defensive forward while at Taft, his production in New Haven increased from eight points as a freshman to 24 as a sophomore. His 23 points as a junior included the historic OT winner against Minnesota, the fastest in NCAA history, and he was a force in the ECAC this winter with a team-best 37 points.

Meanwhile, Kenny Agostino, who signed with the Calgary Flames, is en route to Calgary. Allain said the Flames' plan is for Agostino to finish the season in the NHL, with his debut, perhaps, coming Wednesday night against Buffalo. He had briefly mulled leaving Yale after last season, but sticking around to earn his degree paid off in more ways than one. According to the Flames, his two-year contract will pay him $900,000 annually

"If you look at the numbers, four-year college players have enjoyed much bigger success in the NHL than those who left early," Allain said. "Particularly for those who aren't first-round picks. This is a great opportunity for him, and worked out well."

Defenseman Gus Young, a draft pick of the Colorado Avalanche, is negotiating with the club at the moment.

Yale's Kenny Agostino signs with Flames

Kenny Agostino signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames today, a deal worth $900,000 at the NHL level. Yale's season ended with Saturday's ECAC Hockey quarterfinal loss to Quinnipiac, and Agostino is on his way to Calgary today.

Agostino had his rights traded to the Flames from Pittsburgh as part of the Jarome Iginla trade. He mulled leaving Yale to sign shortly after the Frozen Four last April, but chose to return and earn his degree. Agostino score 14 goals and 18 assists this winter, and leaves with 132 career points, ninth on the school's career list. 

Bracketology today

We're under a week until Selection Sunday. So, we'll provide two brackets for perusal today. The first is what they look like given the current Pairwise Rankings; the second set is my personal guess after using the Pairwise Predictor tool to play out this weekend's conference tournaments.

As it stands now, we had to do some shuffling. Unlikely the committee places two ECAC and two Hockey East teams in the same bracket. We also think if Quinnipiac can be sent to Bridgeport, it will given the huge attendance-boost potential there. So, UMass Lowell gets shipped to Cincinnati and Wisconsin comes to Worcester, while Providence is pulled back to the Northeast and St. Cloud is sent to its home state.

3. Union vs. 14. Vermont
6. Quinnipiac vs. 11. Michigan

2. Boston College vs. 15. Colgate
5. Wisconsin vs. 9. Providence

1. Minnesota vs. 16. Mercyhurst
8. Notre Dame vs.  10. St. Cloud State

4. Ferris State vs. 13. North Dakota
7. UMass-Lowell vs. 12. Minnesota State

And, here's what it looks like after my weekend prognosticating:

Your Picks

Atlantic Hockey

  • Semifinal #2: Niagara defeats Robert Morris
  • Semifinal #1: Mercyhurst defeats Canisius
  • Championship game: Mercyhurst defeats Niagara

Big Ten

  • Play-in #2: Michigan defeats Penn State
  • Play-in #1: Michigan State defeats Ohio State
  • Semifinal #2: Wisconsin defeats Michigan
  • Semifinal #1: Minnesota defeats Michigan State
  • Championship game: Minnesota defeats Wisconsin


  • Semifinal #2: Quinnipiac defeats Colgate
  • Semifinal #1: Union defeats Cornell
  • Championship game: Union defeats Quinnipiac

Hockey East

  • Semifinal #2: Providence defeats New Hampshire
  • Semifinal #1: Massachusetts-Lowell defeats Notre Dame
  • Championship game: Massachusetts-Lowell defeats Providence


  • Semifinal #2: Denver defeats Western Michigan
  • Semifinal #1: North Dakota defeats Miami
  • Consolation game: Miami defeats Western Michigan
  • Championship game: North Dakota defeats Denver


  • Semifinal #2: Minnesota State defeats Bowling Green
  • Semifinal #1: Ferris State defeats Alaska-Anchorage
  • Championship game: Ferris State defeats Minnesota State
Which leaves this as a bracket:

3. Union vs. 14. Minnesota State
7. Quinnipiac vs. 9. Providence

2. Boston College vs. 16. Mercyhurst
5. UMass Lowell vs. 11. North Dakota

1. Minnesota vs. 15. Northeastern
8. Notre Dame vs. 10. St. Cloud State

4. Ferris State vs. 13. Michigan
6. Wisconsin vs. 12. Vermont

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Colin Sullivan commits to Miami-Ohio

Milford's Colin Sullivan will attend Miami-Ohio this fall, the third college to which he's given a verbal commitment in the last three years. You may remember Sullivan from his days as a star defenseman for Fairfield Prep, or later at Avon Old  Farms. Since leading Avon to the New England Prep School championship, Sullivan has become known more for changes of heart.

A brief recap: Sullivan originally committed to Yale, agreeing to enroll in the fall of 2013 after a year of Junior hockey. He opted out in February 2012 after deciding against the Junior route, instead wishing to begin his college career immediately. So he headed to Boston College that fall. After scoring one point in 32 games as a freshman, Sullivan, who'd dropped out of the top six on the Eagles' depth chart, left BC just before the season started in October and played for Green Bay of the USHL this winter.

A seventh-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2011, Sullivan has seven points in 34 games for Green Bay. He should be eligible for Miami's season-opener, and is expected to have three years of eligibility remaining.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Yale-Quinnipiac live blog, Game 1

Kellen Jones, Jesse Root up for ECAC honor

Finalists Named for League’s Best Defensive Forward Award
ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced the finalists for the 2013-14 Men’s Best Defensive Forward Award as Daniel Carr, Union, Kellen Jones, Quinnipiac, Jesse Root, Yale and Ben Sexton, Clarkson have each been nominated as finalists for the honor by the league’s coaches.

Carr has recorded four straight seasons of 30 or more points, ranking as the all-time leading scorer in Union’s Division I history with 143 points (73g-70a). Union’s all-time leader in power-play goals (33) and is second in game-winning goals (11), Carr ranks fifth in career scoring (143 points) among active NCAA players. He also finished  in the top 10 in four league offensive categories (for conference games):  first in plus/minus (+19), second in goals (13), third in scoring (26 points) and eighth in assists (13). He is currently averaging 0.68 blocks per game and is a vital part of the of the Dutchmen penalty-kill unit which finished fourth in conference action with a 84.3 success rate.

Jones finished the season with career-highs in goals (18) assists (21) and points (39 and finished with the third-most points (39) among all ECAC Hockey players. He led NCAA Division I hockey with four shorthanded goals and is one of five players nationally with at least 18 goals and 21 assists. Jones also recorded with 13 multiple-point games which led the Bobcats, while also ranking second in ECAC Hockey. The Edmonton Oilers draft pick averaged 0.83 blocks per game and was a catalyst on the league’s best penalty-kill unit which stopped 95 of 103 situations when faced with a man-down.

Bulldogs senior captain Jesse Root currently leads the team in scoring on 14 goals and 20 assists on the season. He ranks fourth in face-offs won (343) and sits eighth among all league players in faceoffs percentage won (.566). He had been a clutch goal scorer for the Blue this season registering four game-winning goals and recording two shorthanded goals. He currently ranks third among all ECAC Hockey players averaging 1.21 points per games played. His plus/minus rating of +18 is tied among league players in overall games.

Rounding out the group of talented finalists is Clarkson’s captain, Ben Sexton who led Golden Knights to their best season in six years. He was one of the top centers in the league at the faceoff circle, winning over 57% of his draws (195-145) in the conference. Sexton is Clarkson’s second-leading scorer overall with 26 points, including four goals and nine assists in the league. He currently has 25 blocked shots on the season.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Quinnipiac's Dan Federico up for best defensive defenseman

Here's the ECAC press release....

Finalists Named for League’s Best Defensive Defenseman Award
ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey today announced the finalists for the 2013-14 Men’s Best Defensive Defenseman Award. Dan Federico, Quinnipiac, Union’s Shayne Gostisbehere and Dennis Robertson, Brown have each been nominated for the honor by the league’s coaches.

Federico tied for the ECAC Hockey lead with a plus/minus rating of +19 in overall contests. He is one of 13 players in ECAC Hockey with 50 or more blocked shots for the year. He often generated points from his defensive play where he ranked 16th among all ECAC Hockey defensemen with 14 points, on the strength of one goal and a career-best 13 assists. Federico scored his first career goal in a 7-2 win at Colgate on 11/1 and registered an assist on the game-winning goals in both a 4-3 win against Bentley on 10/22 and versus Maine on 1/3.

Another finalist for the league’s top defenseman award is Shayne Gostisbehere from Union. The junior is a solid two-way player who led the conference in goals scored, shots and tied for the lead league with a plus/minus rating of +19 among his counterparts. Often matched-up against the opponent’s top line, the Philadelphia Flyers third-round draft pick from 2012, has set a school record for shots in a season by a defenseman (130) at and owns six multiple-point games this season.

Robertson, a two-time team captain, put together another impressive all-around season for the Bears. He started 22 games on left defense and logged substantial minutes as one-half of the team’s top defensive pairing, providing a stabilizing presence to a blue line that was plagued by injuries throughout the season in conference play. He finished with 17 points on six goals and 11 assists, scoring all six goals in ECAC Hockey contests. He led the team with 55 blocked shots and finished with a +10 rating. Robertson was part large part of Brown special teams, playing on both the penalty kill and power-play units, and finished tied for the team-high with five power-play goals and a conference-high two game-winning goals.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tickets to Yale/Quinnipiac almost gone

Quinnipiac says the only remaining tickets for Friday and Saturday night’s quarterfinal series with Yale are standing room. Season ticket holders — there are roughly 1,800 — purchase playoff tickets along with their annual regular-season package. Another 300 are allotted for Yale to distribute, leaving about 1,500 for the Bobcats to sell.
Tickets for Sunday’s “if necessary” game won’t be put on sale until the conclusion of Saturday’s game.

Yale rubs elbows at White House

Eleven months after winning the national championship, Yale got its date at the White House. The team worked out Sunday and then bussed to Washington ahead of Monday’s reception, also attended by NCAA championship teams in several other sports.

Five of the six graduated seniors from last season — only captain Andrew Miller, now with Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League, was unable to attend — joined the current Bulldog roster.

Following a private bus tour of the city, Yale spent three hours visiting the White House grounds. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a former Yale soccer and hockey player, spent time with the team in the East Room before the arrival of President Barack Obama.

“Kerry also served as Yale hockey’s outreach coordinator by bringing the Southern California women’s water polo team over for a combined team photo,” read a Yale press release recapping the trip. “The well-conceived move was enjoyed by both squads.”

Obama spent time chatting with the student-athletes, and took a photo with Yale. Later, he made a short, formal address on the South Lawn. The Bulldogs had dinner at an area steak house before returning home Monday night.

Bye week suited Quinnipiac

Rest at this juncture of the season can be vital, especially when a hockey team is fighting a rash of injuries.
Quinnipiac, which earned a first-round bye in the ECAC Hockey playoffs, limped through the month of February. So coach Rand Pecknold gave his team three full days off after a March 1 tie at Clarkson in the regular-season finale.

“We were pretty beat up after that last weekend,” Pecknold said. “We needed a few days off.”
Two glaring holes were left by senior Jordan Samuels-Thomas, one of the nation’s top forwards, and junior Dan Federico, the Bobcats’ top defenseman. Pecknold said several other players have played through injuries.

Samuels-Thomas missed five games in February. He was in the lineup at St. Lawrence on Feb. 28, but scratched the next night at Clarkson. A key player in Quinnipiac’s run to the national title game last winter, Samuels-Thomas has 12 goals and 27 points in 30 games.

Federico, emerging as an NHL prospect, left in the first period against Colgate on Feb. 22 and has yet to return.

Pecknold, citing school policy on Tuesday, would not get into specifics on individual players.

“We got healthier,” Pecknold said. “We’re still not 100 percent. We hope to have everyone back. We’re not sure on that yet.”

Monday, March 10, 2014

Bracketology today

We'll know the field in 13 short days. Each bracketology is ever closer to what the actual pairings might be. Quinnipiac is looking solid as a No. 2 seed, and we're convinced the NCAA committee will send it to Bridgeport over Worcester to maximize attendance at Webster Bank Arena. Yale inches up, but will surely need to beat Quinnipiac in this week's quarterfinal series, then win a game in Lake Placid to have a real shot at an at-large.

Based on the rankings today, here's our best guess.

3. Union vs. 14. Michigan
7. Quinnipiac vs. 11. Providence

2. Boston College vs. 13. Cornell
6. Ferris State vs. 12. Vermont

4. Wisconsin vs. 15. Northeastern
5. St. Cloud State vs. 9. Notre Dame

1. Minnesota vs. 16. Mercyhurst
8. UMass Lowell vs. 10. North Dakota

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Traveling Zambonis

"Hello, Quinnipiac? It's Yale. Do you have a cup of sugar we can borrow? Oh, yeah. And a Zamboni, too? Thanks."

OK, that wasn't the exact conversation. But it was close. One of Yale's Zamboni's broke down Saturday morning. Mechanics were called in to check under the hood and fix the problem. Still, officials weren't confident the ice surfacing machine could make it through that evening's ECAC Hockey playoff game with Harvard. Yale still had one working Zamboni. But after the fiasco at Harvard a few weeks earlier, when the school's only machine broke down on the ice and delayed the game by two hours, Yale didn't want to leave anything to chance. So Wayne Dean, Yale's associate director of athletics, called Quinnipiac athletic director Jack McDonald at 4 p.m. and asked to borrow one of the school's Zambonis. McDonald said 'Of course,' one was loaded onto the flat bed you see above and whisked down Whitney Avenue, arriving at Ingalls Rink about a half hour before game time.

It was an odd scene, seeing the Quinnipiac logo steam around Ingalls between periods. And it might have been the first time in rink history the Zamboni was booed. Still, Dean said afterward that he couldn't thank McDonald enough for coming through in a pinch after Saturday's game.

By the way, Quinnipiac also came through for Springfield's Mass Mutual Center on Saturday, too. The press tables for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball tournament broke. So Quinnipiac loaded theirs onto another truck and hauled them up I-91 for the event.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Yale-Harvard, Game 1, live blog

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Yale has a date at the White House

Yale will have an audience with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, a reception to honor its 2013 Frozen Four championship. Several other NCAA championship teams have also been honored. An official announcement with full details is expected to be released by the White House on Friday afternoon.

The Bulldogs play host to Harvard in an ECAC best-of-3 first-round series that begins Friday and could run through Sunday. Yale is on spring break next week. The quarterfinal round, also a best-of-3 series, is scheduled to begin next Friday. If Yale advances past Harvard, it would play on the road, likely at Quinnipiac.

Yale's national championship, secured after a 4-0 victory over Quinnipiac last April, was its first in ice hockey.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Bracketology today

Here's what the NCAA brackets might look as of today. Yale, at 19th in the PWR, would need to win the ECAC to get a bid. Quinnipiac, at this point, is in the East as the seventh overall seed. Would the committee send the Bobcats to Worcester with No. 2 Boston College? We don't think so. As long as QU is a two or three seed and Union is a one seed, we expect the Bobcats to be in Bridgeport to boost ticket sales. Yale packed the house at Webster Bank Arena in 2009 and 2011; in 2012, with no local ties, attendance was considerably less.

This is what we came up with:

3. Union vs. 14. Vermont
7. Quinnipiac vs. 12. Michigan

2. Boston College vs. 13. Cornell
6. Ferris State vs. 11. Providence

1. Minnesota vs. 16. Mercyhurst
8. UMass Lowell vs. 9. North Dakota

4. St. Cloud State vs. 15. Northeastern
5. Wisconsin vs. 10. Notre Dame

Here's another possible option, to keep teams closer to home and keep the bracket bands intact. But Cincinnati likely won't draw well no matter who is sent there, so, we prefer our first option.

3. Union vs. 14. Vermont
7. Quinnipiac vs. 11. Providence

2. Boston College vs. 13. Cornell
8. UMass-Lowell vs. 12. Michigan

1. Minnesota vs. 16. Mercyhurst
5. Wisconsin vs. 9. North Dakota

4. St. Cloud State vs. 15. Northeastern
6. Ferris State vs. 10. Notre Dame

Saturday, March 1, 2014

ECAC playoffs set

Harvard comes to Yale next weekend, with the winner likely to play at Quinnipiac in the quarterfinals. Should be lots of fun.

(Friday, March 7 - Sunday, March 9 - Best-of-three)
No. 12 Princeton at No. 5 Clarkson
No. 11 Harvard at No. 6 Yale
No. 10 Dartmouth at No. 7 Rensselaer
No. 9 Brown at No. 8 St. Lawrence

(Friday, March 14 - Sunday, March 16 -Best-of-three)
TBD at No. 1 Union
TBD at No. 2 Colgate
TBD at No. 3 Quinnipiac
TBD at No. 4 Cornell

FRIDAY, MARCH 21 (SEMIFINALS, at Lake Placid, N.Y.) Semifinal No. 1 - 4 p.m.; Semifinal No. 2 - 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 22 (CHAMPIONSHIP GAME) Championship Game - 7:30 p.m.

Rensselaer at Yale, live blog