ALBANY, N.Y. - The quarterfinal matchups are set, and in just a few short hours, the puck will drop on the 2019 ECAC Hockey Women’s Tournament. Three of the four matchups this weekend will feature re-matches from last weekend’s regular-season finale.
No. 1 seeded Cornell will welcome No. 8 RPI to Lynah Rink this weekend, as the Big Red look to ride the momentum from their five-game unbeaten streak into post-season play. In the two regular-season matchups between these teams, Cornell was able to control the games, sweeping the series by outscoring the Engineers 13-2.
RPI’s Lovisa Selander is standing between Cornell’s and the ECAC Hockey Championship Weekend, however. The senior goaltender will look to string together some of her patented high-save performances to propel the Engineers to victory.
No. 8 RPI at No. 1 Cornell
Lynah Rink | Ithaca, N.Y.
No. 2 Colgate will welcome in No. 7 Harvard for the second quarterfinal matchup of the weekend. The last time these two teams squared off was on January 18, when the Raiders came away with a 4-2 win to complete the regular-season sweep. That was the last game that Colgate’s Jessie Eldridge did not score a point this year, as the senior has rattled off 11 consecutive games with at least one point to end the season.
Similar to RPI, Harvard will lean on its goaltending this weekend, as freshman Lindsay Reed continues to shine in her rookie campaign, closing out the year with the highest save percentage in the nation (.945). The Crimson won or tied eight of their ten games in February, so they’ll look to carry that momentum into the post-season.
No. 7 Harvard at No. 2 Colgate
Class of 1965 Arena | Hamilton, N.Y.
The third quarterfinal matchup this weekend features a rematch between No. 6 Quinnipiac and No. 3 Clarkson. The two teams skated to a 1-1 tie this past Saturday at Cheel Arena, where they’ll face off again this weekend. Quinnipiac is riding the nation’s third longest unbeaten streak into this weekend, having won or tied each of its last six games.
Clarkson is relying on scoring from its top line, which put together one of the more efficient seasons in NCAA history, amassing a total of 174 points between Loren Gabel, Elizabeth Giguere, and Michaela Pejzlova.
No. 6 Quinnipiac at No. 3 Clarkson
Cheel Arena | Potsdam, N.Y.
The final quarterfinal matchup of the weekend is yet another rematch of Saturday’s regular-season finale, as No. 5 St. Lawrence travels to No. 4 Princeton. The Saints came out on top in that game, earning a series split with a 2-0 win highlighted by an 18-save shutout from Sonjia Shelly.
Princeton’s top offensive weapons will enter ECAC Hockey post-season play for the first time, as freshman tandem Sarah Fillier and Maggie Connors will look to lead the Tigers to a semifinal appearance.
No. 5 St. Lawrence at No. 4 Princeton
Hobey Baker Rink | Princeton, N.J.
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