Four League Teams Prepare for NCAA Tournament

Four League Teams Prepare for NCAA Tournament

ALBANY, N.Y. - For the first time since the 1984 NCAA Championship, four ECAC Hockey teams will be competing on the national stage, with trips to the Frozen Four on the line this weekend. All four teams have been there before, and will look to build on their recent tournament experiences to take the next step this season.

Get to know a little bit about each of the ECAC Hockey teams in the 2019 field.

Harvard 

vs. UMass

March 29, 2019 - 3 p.m.

Broadcast: ESPN 2 / WatchESPN

This will be Harvard’s 25th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the ninth most of any program in college hockey, and the 2nd most among teams in the field this year. It’ll also be the fourth tournament appearance in the last five years for the Crimson, with the most recent coming in 2017 when they advanced to the Frozen Four.

Harvard has dominated the all-time series against UMass, holding a 6-1-1 series advantage against the Minutemen. The two Massachusetts schools have not met since December of 2011 however, when they played to a 4-4 tie.

Should Harvard come out victorious, they would face the winner of Clarkson and Notre Dame on Saturday, March 30.

Other things to note:

  • Both Harvard and UMass have a Top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award (Adam Fox and Cale Makar), and both come from the team’s defensive units.
  • Harvard’s defenders rank second in the nation in points per-game, led by Fox, Reilly Walsh, and Jack Rathbone, who have all recorded over 20 points this year.
  • Head Coach Ted Donato has now led the Crimson to five consecutive ECAC Hockey semifinals appearances, and six NCAA Tournament appearances.

Click HERE to read the full preview from Harvard.

Clarkson

vs. Notre Dame

March 29, 2019 - 6:30 p.m.

Broadcast: ESPNU / WatchESPN

This will be the second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Golden Knights, though this time they’ll be riding the momentum from their first ECAC Hockey Championship in 12 years. This will be the 22nd appearance in the Championship for Clarkson, who will look to get back to its first Frozen Four since 1991.

The Golden Knights will have to face last year’s NCAA runner-up in Notre Dame, who they hold a slight 2-1 advantage over. The two teams met a few years ago in the 2016 Shillelagh Tournament, when Clarkson came away with a 2-0 victory. Seven current Golden Knights players have played against Notre Dame, including Hobey Baker Top-10 finalist Nico Sturm.

Clarkson would face the winner of Harvard and UMass should they advance to the quarterfinal round on Saturday.

Other things to note:

  • The matchup between Clarkson and Notre Dame is the only matchup in the tournament that features two conference champions.
  • Clarkson owns the best record against other teams in the NCAA Tournament with a 6-2-1 mark.
  • The Golden Knights enter this weekend with the longest active undefeated streak (nine games), with a 7-0-2 mark.

Click HERE to read the full preview from Clarkson.

Quinnipiac

vs. Arizona State

March 30, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast: ESPN3 / WatchESPN

The Bobcats will be back on the big stage for the first time since 2015-16 after missing the tournament for the past two years. Before that, they had advanced to the tournament four straight years between 2012-16, including two appearances in the NCAA National Title game.

They’ll have a first round matchup against Arizona State, which will be making its first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season. The two teams met twice during the regular-season last year, with the Bobcats posting a 1-0-1 mark.

Quinnipiac would meet the winner of Minnesota Duluth and Bowling Green on Sunday should they advance past Arizona State.

Other things to note:

  • Quinnipiac’s Chase Priskie is a Top-10 Finalist for this year’s Hobey Baker Award, one of seven finalists in the tournament field.
  • Goaltender Andrew Shortridge was recently named a Top-5 Finalist for the Mike Richter Award (Goaltender of the Year), and leads the nation in save percentage (.941), and GAA (1.51).
  • The Bobcats are above .500 in their NCAA Tournament history, boasting a 6-5 record in their first 11 tournament games.

Click HERE to read the full preview from Quinnipiac.

Cornell

vs. Northeastern

March 30, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

Broadcast: ESPNNews / WatchESPN

The Big Red will be making their 22nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament this year, and their third in as many seasons. Head coach Mike Schafer will be the most experienced coach in the tournament field, as his 12 NCAA Tournament appearances are the most among all coaches in this year’s NCAA Championship.

For the second straight year, Cornell will square off with the Hockey East champion in the first round, this time drawing No. 5 ranked Northeastern. Cornell has dominated the all-time series against Northeastern, holding a 14-2 advantage. The last time they met was also in the NCAA Tournament, when Cornell secured a 3-2 win in the 2009 NCAA Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Should the advance to the quarterfinal round, the Big Red would square off with the winner of Minnesota State and Providence on Sunday.

Other things to note:

  • Cornell has five players on the roster that have been drafted to an NHL team, with one player being drafted in each of the last five NHL drafts.
  • This is the second time that Cornell has made three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, also doing so between 1967 and 1970.
  • The Big Red are one of just six teams in the tournament that have won a national championship, having won two in 1967 and 1970.

Click HERE to read the full preview from Cornell.

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