College Hockey News from CHN
March 2, 2017
by Joshua Seguin/Staff Writer (@JoshSeguin24)
Another ECAC regular season is now in the dust, and the tournament title chase begins. Harvard and Union shared the regular-season crown, getting byes to the quarterfinal round. Cornell and St. Lawrence join them, with the week of respite.
Harvard is now 3-for-3 in titles this year, including the Ivy League and Beanpot. The share of the Cleary Cup was Harvard’s first since 1993-94 and 11th overall. The Crimson also became the first team not named Quinnipiac or Union to hold the top-seed in the league tournament since Yale in 2010.
Quinnipiac, Clarkson, Princeton and Yale will each host a home series this weekend, intriguing matchups with four distinct possibilities of an upset. There always seems to be one in the ECAC during this round, so who might it be this year?
Also See: ECAC Bracket, Info and More
12. Brown (4-23-2, 3-18-1 ECAC) at 5. Quinnipiac (19-13-2, 13-8-1)
Season Series: QU 2-0.
Quinnipiac hasn’t played in the first round since 2011-12, when interestingly enough it was a five-seed and also took on Brown. The Bobcats won that series in three games.
Quinnipiac had some troubles against the top seven teams in the league going 0-7-1 against them since Thanksgiving and 3-8-1 overall. The Bobcats, however, have done damage against teams 8-12 in the standings (10-0). They are unbeaten in three games entering the tournament.
Two of the top three scorers for Quinnipiac are defensemen. Chase Priskie is tied for the team lead with 25 points, while Brogan Rafferty has become another in a long line of freshmen skaters that have made impacts for Rand Pecknold’s team. Tim Clifton and Bo Pieper lead the goal-scoring department with 12.
The offense is down this year, but the inconsistencies on the back end are a bigger cause for struggle. After three …