Sparked by forward Sean Backman, who netted a hat trick, and goaltender Alec Richards, who stopped all 27 shots on target, top-seeded Yale blanked second-seeded Cornell, 5-0, Saturday, March 21 to win the 2009 ECAC Hockey Championship at the Times Union Center. The title is the first for Yale and earned the Bulldogs an automatic berth in the NCAA Championship field of 16.

The ECAC Hockey Championship features three rounds of competition, featuring all 12 teams. The 2009 championship marked the seventh year the league has utilized the 12-team format.  From 1998-02, the league conducted a 10-team tournament with five teams advancing to the championship round.

The 2009 championship commenced Friday, March 6 with first-round series featuring the League's Nos. 5-8 seeds, as determined by the final regular-season standings, hosting teams ranked Nos. 9-12.

The four first-round series results are as follows:

(12) Brown at (5) Harvard
March 6 -- Brown 1, Harvard 0 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
March 7 -- Brown 2, Harvard 0 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
Brown wins series, 2-0

(11) Rensselaer at (6) Dartmouth
March 6 -- Rensselaer 3, Dartmouth 2 (ot) (Game Summary, Boxscore)
March 7 -- Rensselaer 3, Dartmouth 1 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
Rensselaer wins series, 2-0

(10) Colgate at (7) Quinnipiac
March 6 -- Quinnipiac 3, Colgate 2 (ot) (Game Summary, Boxscore)
March 7 -- Colgate 5, Quinnipiac 4 (ot) (Game Summary, Boxscore)
March 8 -- Quinnipiac 4, Colgate 3 (ot) (Game Summary, Boxscore)
Quinnipiac wins series, 2-1

(9) Clarkson at (8) Union
March 6 -- Union 5, Clarkson 3 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
March 7 -- Union 7, Clarkson 2 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
Union wins series, 2-0

The four first-round series winners advanced to quarterfinals action,commening Friday,  March 13, to face the League's top four teams as determined by the final regular-season standings. The top four seeds were No. 1 Yale, No. 2 Cornell, No. 3 Princeton and No. 4 St. Lawrence.

The four quarterfinals series results are as follows:

(12) Brown at (1) Yale
March 13 -- Yale 4, Brown 2 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
March 14 -- Yale 2, Brown 0 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
Yale wins series, 2-0

(11) Rensselaer at (2) Cornell
March 13 -- Rensselaer 1, Cornell 0 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
March 14 -- Cornell 4, Rensselaer 0 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
March 15 -- Cornell 4, Rensselaer 3 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
Cornell wins series, 2-1

(8) Union at (3) Princeton
March 13 -- Princeton 3, Union 2 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
March 14 -- Union 5, Princeton 2 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
March 15 -- Princeton 3, Union 1 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
Princeton wins series, 2-1

(7) Quinnipiac at (4) St. Lawrence
March 13 -- St. Lawrence 5, Quinnipiac 3 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
March 14 -- St. Lawrence 5, Quinnipiac 3 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
St. Lawrence wins series, 2-0

The four teams advancing from the quarterfinals round gathered March 20-21 at the Times Union Center to determine the League's tournament's 48th champion.

The championship round results are as follows:

March 20
Semifinal No. 1 -- No. 1 Yale 4, No. 4 St. Lawrence 3 (Game Summary, Boxscore)
Semifinal No. 2 -- No. 2 Cornell 4, No. 3 Princeton 3 (2ot) (Game Summary, Boxscore)

March 21
Third-Place Game -- No. 3 Princeton 2, No. 4 St. Lawrence 2 (ot) (Game Summary, Boxscore)
Championship Game -- No. 1 Yale 5, No. 2 Cornell 0 (Game Summary, Boxscore)