Friday, February 26, 2010

With One Game Left

The Engineers lost 3-2 to Colgate on Friday night. Coupled with St. Lawrence's 3-2 loss to Dartmouth, Colgate has clinched 4th place and the final first round bye due to the Raiders winning the tiebreaker with RPI with the season sweep.

Each team has one game remaining.

RPI sits in 5th place with 22 points, one point ahead of St. Lawrence. They will finish in either 5th place or 6th place, depending on the results of Saturday night's games.

RPI can clinch 5th place with a win OR a tie and a St. Lawrence loss or tie OR a St. Lawrence loss.

RPI could still take 5th place with the same number of points as SLU (as mentioned in a prior reset) if it becomes a three-way tie with Quinnipiac. This would only happen with an RPI loss, a St. Lawrence tie, and a Quinnipiac win.

If the Engineers finish in 5th, they will host Clarkson next weekend and would travel to Colgate for a potential second round matchup.

If the Engineers finish in 6th, they will host one of Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth, or Princeton next weekend and would travel to either Colgate or Union for a potential second round matchup.

Yale is in 1st place with 32 points. They have clinched the #1 overall seed by virtue of their season sweep over Cornell.

Cornell is in 2nd place with 30 points. They have clinched the #2 overall seed by virtue of their season series win over Union.

Union will be the #3 seed, Colgate will be the #4 seed.

RPI, St. Lawrence, and Quinnipiac will be at home in the first round next weekend. As mentioned, RPI will finish in 5th or 6th. St. Lawrence can finish between 5th and 7th. Quinnipiac will finish in 6th or 7th.

Harvard (17 points), Brown, Dartmouth, or Princeton (all 16 points) will vie for 8th place and the final home ice berth for the first round. Harvard can clinch it with a win over St. Lawrence.

Clarkson will finish 12th and will travel to either RPI or St. Lawrence.

The Engineers cannot face Yale, Cornell, or the winner of Saturday's Brown-Princeton game in the first two rounds of the ECAC playoffs.

Yale, Cornell, Union, Colgate, and Clarkson have nothing to play for in terms of the ECAC standings on Saturday.

What it boils down to is this - RPI must beat or tie Cornell and hope Harvard beats or ties St. Lawrence.

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