Monday, October 26, 2009

Breaking Down the ECAC: Week 0

The ECAC season officially opens when the Crimson travel to Hanover, NH to face Ivy League rival the Dartmouth Big Green, but just about every team has gotten some exhibition work, and for non-Ivy League teams, some substantial games in, so let's take a look around the ECAC.

Edit: Sorry for any confusion, but I was confused in regards to Brown, Princeton, and Yale's schedule. I thought they were participating in a tournament at Princeton, but am mistaken. Princeton's schedule remains correct, but the Brown and Yale games against the Ontario Institute of Technology are at Brown and at Yale, not in New Jersey as I originally thought.

1. Brown (0-0) - The only time Bruno saw the ice was in the exhibition against the Crimson in Providence, a 7-2 "loss" after two regular periods and a special teams period.
Key Player: None this week.
Next Up: Brown will face Princeton (non-conference) at Princeton before playing at home against the Ontario Institute of Technology.

2. Clarkson (3-2) - The Golden Knights kicked off their season with an exhibition against Toronto, which they won easily, with a 6-1 victory. They then traveled out west and were swept in a two game series by Michigan State, 6-1 and 4-3. They are now on a three game winning streak after a 4-3 OT win over Niagara, a 5-3 win over RIT, and a 4-3 non-conference win over North Country rival St. Lawrence.
Key Player: Senior Matt Beca has five goals in five games, including a game winner.
Next Up: The Knights will have a tough road trip as they travel to Minnesota-Duluth for a two game series.

3. Colgate (1-2-2) - Colgate opened up their season against Waterloo in an exhibition match, and they won 6-3. They then tied Niagara 4-4 before beating RIT 3-2 in a neutral site game. A trip west saw them tie Nebraska-Omaha 1-1 on the first night before losing 4-1 the second night, followed by a loss to UMass-Lowell 5-3. Colgate then had another exhibition, this time against the US U-18 team, which won 4-1.
Key Player: Brian Day has three goals in five games.
Next Up: The Raiders will face two New York teams with a game at home versus Army and a rematch with Niagara, this time at home.

4. Cornell (0-0) - Cornell only has two exhibition games on the year, a 7-0 win over Windsor and a 3-2 loss to the US U-18 team.
Key Player: Michael Garman opened up the season with a shutout, stopping 20 shots in 60 minutes of play against Windsor.
Next Up: The Big Red only have a Friday game, versus Niagara.

5. Dartmouth (0-0) - Dartmouth's lone exhibition game did not go quite as planned, as they fell 7-4 to the #8 McGill Redmen on Saturday. Dartmouth was leading 2-1 when starting goaltender Jody O'Neill was pulled in favor of the backup. His one goal against came on six shots.
Key Player: Adam Estoclet scored two for the Big Green.
Next Up: Dartmouth opens ECAC play at home against Harvard.

6. Harvard (0-0) - Harvard faced the same #8 McGill squad on Friday night, and fell behind 3-1 before coming back to tie the game 3-3.
Key Player: Doug Rogers had the game tying goal for the Crimson on Friday.
Next Up: The Johnnies begin the new season by traveling to Dartmouth to face the Big Green.

After the jump, we'll look at the rest of the ECAC, and give our three stars of the week.

7. Princeton (0-0) - The Tigers began their exhibition season against Division III opponent Morrisville State, and won in convincing fashion 7-0. The next night was a different story for the Tigers, as they fell 5-3 to Windsor. Mark Thoburn had a hat trick for Windsor in the game.
Key Player: This goes to Marc Hagel, who has a goal and three assists so far on the year.
Next Up: Princeton is hosting the Ivy League showdown, and will play Brown and Yale in non-conference games next weekend.

8. Quinnipiac (3-0) - The Bobcats are undefeated on the season, starting with their exhibition win against Prince Edward Island, a 4-3 win. They then swept Ohio State at Ohio State in a two game series, with scores of 4-2 and 3-1, before beating Bentley 3-2 in OT.
Key Player: Senior Brandon Wong has 6 points on the year so far, with two goals and four assists in three games.
Up Next: Quinnipiac travels to face Robert Morris in a two game series next weekend.

9. Rensselaer (3-2-1) - RPI started with an exhibition game against Prince Edward Island and earned a 3-3 tie in that game, before starting the regular season with a 5-2 loss to UMass. They rebounded nicely with a 3-1 win against New Hampshire, before logging some miles with a trip to the Alaska Gold Rush in Alaska, where they lost 3-0 Alaska Anchorage before drawing with Alaska Fairbanks 1-1. The 'Tute are now on a two game winning streak after wins against Sacred Heart and American International, by scores of 4-3 (OT) and 3-2 respectively.
Key Player: Have to give credit to rookie Brandon Pirri, who has three goals and three assists in six games, including a game winner. Pirri was named ECAC Rookie of the Week.
Up Next: RPI travel a short distance to face Capital District rival Union in a non-conference match, before taking on Army at home on Saturday.

10. St. Lawrence (3-2) - The Saints opened up their season in Canton with an exhibition game against Toronto and took the game 2-1. They then traveled to the Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska for the Ice-breaker Tournament, where they split, losing 3-0 to UMass-Lowell before beating Army 5-2. St. Lawrence then played three more New York teams, win 3-1 against RIT and 4-3 against Niagara, before losing to Clarkson 4-1 in non-conference play. In net, sophomore Robert Moss has seen the majority of the time over senior Alex Petisian. Moss is 2-0 in 3 games with a 1.88 GAA, while Petisian is 0-2 in 2 games with a 3.76 GAA.
Key Player: Another freshman earns the nod, as Kyle Flanagan has also notched three goals and three assists, including two game winners, and in only five games.
Next Up: SLU has a two game home series against Sacred Heart.

11. Union (3-2-1) - The Dutchmen got off to a good start on the year, with two wins over Maine, 4-1 and 6-3. They then traveled to St. Cloud State where they were able to earn a 3-3 tie the first night before falling 3-1 the second night. They were back in the winning column with a 4-2 victory over American International, but they fell 6-5 in OT to Sacred Heart.
Key Player: Junior forward Adam Presizniuk has four goals and three assists in six games.
Next Up: Union will host their Capital District rivals RPI on Friday.

12. Yale (0-0) - The only other team to have not seen the ice at all in the ECAC except for one scrimmage, against Dartmouth, and the results are unknown.
Key Player: None this week.
Next Up: Yale is the third and final Ivy in the Ivy League Showdown at Princeton. They face the Ontario Institute of Technology on Friday night at home before facing Princeton on the road in a non-conference game on Saturday.

Three Stars of the Week:
1. Matt Beca, Clarkson
2. Kyle Flanagan, St. Lawrence
3. Michael Garman, Cornell

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