Saturday, March 2, 2013

Where We Stand (2 Mar)

There is one game remaining in the regular season.

RPI (11-7-3) has clinched the #2 seed in the ECAC playoffs and will have a first-round bye. They can still be caught for 2nd place by Yale if the Engineers lose to SLU and the Bulldogs beat Cornell, but RPI would win the tiebreaker with Yale on season series (4-0).

Quinnipiac (16-2-3) is the #1 seed. They will host one of Clarkson, Cornell, Brown, Princeton, Colgate, or Harvard in the ECAC quarterfinals - the same is true of RPI.

Yale (11-9-1) is alone in 3rd. They have clinched a home ice playoff series. They can clinch the #3 seed and a first-round bye with a win over Cornell.

Dartmouth, St. Lawrence, and Union (all 9-8-4) are tied for 4th. They have all clinched a home ice playoff series. The Big Green currently hold the 4th seed on a head-to-head win over the Saints and the Dutchmen. Union holds the 5th seed on better record against the Top 4.

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Yale, Dartmouth, St. Lawrence, and Union will take the positions between 3rd and 6th. None of them play each other on Saturday. Two of these teams will have a first-round bye, the other two will host Colgate and Harvard next week.

Yale wins individual tiebreakers with St. Lawrence (4-0 season series) and Dartmouth (ECAC wins).
Union wins the individual tiebreaker with Yale (3-1 season series).
Dartmouth wins the individual tiebreaker with Union (3-1 season series).
St. Lawrence's individual tiebreakers with Dartmouth and Union depend on who finishes in the Top 4.

Yale wins a three-way tiebreaker with St. Lawrence/Dartmouth (head-to-head) and with St. Lawrence/Union (head-to-head).
Dartmouth wins a three-way tiebreaker with Yale/Union (head-to-head) and with St. Lawrence/Union (head-to-head).

Yale wins the four-way tiebreaker.

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Clarkson and Cornell (both 8-10-3) are tied for 7th. The Big Red hold the 7th seed on a superior record against the Top 4. Either would clinch a home-ice series with a win on Saturday.

Brown (6-9-6) and Princeton (7-10-4) are tied for 9th. The Bears hold the 9th seed on a season series win over the Tigers (4-0).

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Clarkson, Cornell, Brown, and Princeton will take the positions between 7th and 10th. None of them play each other on Saturday. Two of these teams will host the other two in the first round of the ECAC playoffs next week.

Clarkson wins the individual tiebreaker with Princeton (4-0 season series).
Brown wins individual tiebreakers with Clarkson (3-1 season series) and Princeton (4-0 season series).
Cornell wins the individual tiebreaker with Brown (ECAC wins).
Princeton wins the individual tiebreaker with Cornell (4-0 season series).
The Cornell-Clarkson tiebreaker is totally up in the air, depending on who finishes in the Top 4 OR the Top 8.

Brown win all of their three-way tiebreakers on head-to-head, as well as the four-way tie-breaker.

Clarkson wins the three-way tiebreaker with Cornell/Princeton on head-to-head.

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Colgate (6-12-3) is alone in 11th. They will either finish in 11th or 12th. They can clinch 11th with a win over Brown.

Harvard (6-13-2) is in 12th. They can only reach as high as 11th. They can clinch that position with a win and a Colgate loss or tie.

The Colgate-Harvard tiebreaker is unknown. If Harvard beats Princeton and Colgate ties Brown, Harvard would win on ECAC wins. If Harvard ties Princeton and Colgate loses to Brown, the tiebreaker would depend on who finishes in the Top 4.

These teams will travel to face one of Yale, Dartmouth, Union, or St. Lawrence next weekend.

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