Monday, February 7, 2011

What We Know

It's February, so it's time for our ECAC season resets to begin. Let's start on the women's side.

Women (4 games remaining - 5 for BRN/CKN/SLU/YU)

Cornell has clinched the ECAC regular season title and home ice throughout the ECAC playoffs.

Harvard is in second place with 26 points. They have clinched a playoff spot. They can clinch second place and home ice through the ECAC semifinals with a win on Friday over Clarkson by virtue of their season sweep over Dartmouth.

Brown and Union are in 11th and 12th respectively. Union has been eliminated from playoff contention. Brown would be eliminated with a loss at Cornell on Friday.

The rest of the league is pretty much up for grabs. Functionally if not mathematically, Dartmouth and Quinnipiac have also clinched playoff berths.

The Engineers are in seventh place with 18 points, but they control their own destiny for fourth place and therefore, a home-ice playoff spot. If they win each of their remaining four games (at Quinnipiac/Princeton, home vs. Clarkson/St. Lawrence), they will finish with 26 points, at worst in a tie for fourth with Quinnipiac, which would give RPI fourth place due to what would be a season sweep over the Bobcats.

Men (three weeks left)
Yale and Union have clinched home ice in the playoffs.

RPI can clinch home ice in the playoffs with a win over Colgate on Friday.

Brown and St. Lawrence can finish no higher than third.

Harvard and Colgate will play in the first round.

Functionally, if not mathematically, Yale and Union have clinched first-round byes, and RPI, Dartmouth, Cornell, and Princeton have clinched at least home ice in the first round.

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