ALBANY, N.Y. - The 2012 ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship marked the 10th year of the league's championship format featuring a 12-team championship held over three weekends. From 1998-02, the league conducted a 10-team tournament with five teams advancing to the championship round.
ECAC Hockey tournament play commenced Friday, March 2 when the conference's Nos. 5-8 seeds, as determined by the final regular-season standings, hosted teams ranked Nos. 9-12 in first-round action. All series were best-of-three games and were played on the campuses of the higher-seeded teams.
The four first-round series winners advanced to quarterfinals action to face the conference's top four teams as determined by the final regular-season standings. The best-of-three games series were played on the campuses of the top four seeds March 9-11.
The conference's top four teams in 2011-12, as determined by the outcome of quarterfinals action, gathered at Boardwalk Hall to determine the conference tournament's 51st champion. The highest remaining seed from the quarterfinals hosted the lowest remaining seed; the second highest remaining seed hosted the third highest remaining seed.
As part of the championship, ECAC Hockey conducted its annual
Listed below is a summary of the upcoming tournament schedule:
FIRST-ROUND (Friday, March 2 - Sunday, March 4 - Best-of-three)
No. 12 Brown at No. 5 Quinnipiac (Quinnipiac wins series 2-1)
No. 11 Princeton at No. 6 Yale (Yale wins series 2-1)
No. 10 Rensselaer at No. 7 Clarkson (Rensselaer wins series 2-1)
No. 9 Dartmouth at No. 8 St. Lawrence (Dartmouth wins series 2-0)
QUARTERFINALS (Friday, March 9 - Sunday, March 11 - Best-of-three)
No. 10 Rensselaer at No. 1 Union (Union wins series 2-0)
No. 9 Dartmouth at No. 2 Cornell (Cornell wins series 2-0)
No. 6 Yale at No. 3 Harvard (Harvard wins series 2-1)
No. 5 Quinnipiac at No. 4 Colgate (Colgate wins series 2-1)
FRIDAY, MARCH 16 (SEMIFINALS)
No. 1 Union 6, No. 4 Colgate 2
No. 3 Harvard 6, No. 2 Cornell 1
SATURDAY, MARCH 17 (THIRD-PLACE & CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES)
Third-Place Game: No. 2 Cornell 3 vs. No. 4 Colgate 0
Championship Game: No. 1 Union 3 vs. No. 3 Harvard 1
2012 All-Tournament Team
F - Jeremy Welsh, Union
F - Daniel Carr, Union
F - Alex Killorn, Harvard
D - Shaye Gostisbehere, Union
D - Danny Biega, Harvard
G - Troy Grosenick, Union
Most Outstanding Player - Jermey Welsh, Union