The ECAC Hockey Championship will take place on the campus of the higher seeded team. A total of eight teams qualify for the championship and are seeded based on the final regular-season standings. The format for the quarterfinals feature best-of-three games series and will be played the weekend of Feb. 24-26. The championship semifinals will then take place the following weekend beginning March 2.
Last season, Cornell women's hockey team claimed the ECAC Hockey tournament title for the second year in a row, beating Dartmouth by a 3-0 score at Lynah Rink in front of a program-record 2,711 fans. Chelsea Karpenko potted a pair of goals to help push the Big Red to its second consecutive crown and earn tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.
Prior to this season, the championships have taken place at several campuses in the past 18 years: Brown (1994, 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2003); Cornell (2010 and 2011) Dartmouth (2001, 2002 and 2007); Harvard (2008 and 2009); New Hampshire (1996); Northeastern (1997 and 1998); St. Lawrence (2006); and Union (2004 and 2005).
The field of eight teams for the 2012 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four will be announced Sunday, March 4. Eight teams will be selected for the tournament with regional competition taking place on college campuses March 9-10. Winners of the regional competition will advance to the Frozen Four, which will be played at Amsoil Arena in Duluth, MN. The tournament will be hosted by Minnesota-Duluth.
The national semifinals will take place on March 16; the championship game will be played on March 18.
QUARTERFINALS (Friday-Sunday, February 24-26 -
No. 8 BROWN at No. 1 CORNELL
Friday: Cornell 4 - Brown 2
Saturday: Cornell 6 - Brown 0
Cornell wins series
No. 7 PRINCETON at No. 2 HARVARD
Friday: Harvard 5 - Princeton 3
Saturday: Harvard 4 - Princeton 3 (ot)
Harvard wins series
No. 6 QUINNIPIAC at No. 3 CLARKSON
Friday: Quinnipiac 4 - Clarkson 1
Saturday: Clarkson 2 - Quinnipiac 1
Sunday: Quinnipiac 2 - Clarkson 0
Quinnipiac wins series
No. 5 ST. LAWRENCE at No. 4 DARTMOUTH
Friday: St. Lawrence 4 - Dartmouth 3 (ot)
Saturday: St. Lawrence 2 - Dartmouth 0
St. Lawrence wins series
at Lynah Rink, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Friday, March 2
At No. 1 Cornell, No. 4 Quinnipiac 1
No. 3 St. Lawrence 2 vs. No. 2 Harvard 1 (ot)
Saturday, March 3
No. 3 St. Lawrence 3 at No. 1 Cornell 1
F - Rebecca Johnston, Cornell
F - Kelly Sabatine, St. Lawrence
F - Brianne Jenner, Cornell
D - Brooke Fernandez, St. Lawrence
D - Laura Fortino, Cornell
G - Carmen MacDonald, St. Lawrence
Most Outstanding Player
Carmen MacDonald, St. Lawrence