ALBANY, N.Y. - ECAC Hockey has announced the 2019-20 pre-season coaches poll and all-league team, as the season is now less than three weeks from puck drop.
For the third straight season, Clarkson leads the way in the pre-season poll, as the Golden Knights come off their fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Frozen Four. Despite receiving just three of 12 first place votes, Clarkson was able to edge both Princeton and Cornell with 113 points.
The Tigers and Big Red finished in a tie for second in the voting with 109 points each. Princeton is coming off one of its best seasons in program history, going 20-8-5 and earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Cornell is the defending ECAC Hockey regular-season champion, and will return a wealth of talent from last years NCAA Frozen Four team.
Colgate earns the No. 4 spot in the poll, as just one year removed from an appearance in the NCAA Championship game in 2018, the Raiders had another successful season, finishing 23-10-5 and spending most of the year in the top-10 of the national polls.
Harvard and St. Lawrence round out the top six, earning 75 and 74 points, respectively.
The entire 12-team poll is below:
1. Clarkson (3) - 113
T2. Princeton (5) - 109
T2. Cornell (4) - 109
4. Colgate - 89
5. Harvard - 75
6. St. Lawrence - 74
7. Quinnipiac - 67
8. Yale - 49
9. Dartmouth - 39
10. RPI - 33
11. Brown - 19
12. Union - 16
The pre-season all-league team features six players who were league standouts a year ago, all receiving accolades in 2018-19. Sarah Fillier, Elizabeth Giguere, and Kristin O’Neill are the pre-season all-league forwards, Jaime Bourbonnais and Claire Thompson represent the defensemen, and Lindsay Reed is the pre-season all-league goaltender.
Fillier (So. - Princeton) was a First-Team Forward and earned ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year last season. The Georgetown, Ontario native led the nation in points-per-game (1.97), also earning awards on the national stage such as Second Team All-America and National Rookie of the Year.
Giguere (Jr. - Clarkson) led the nation in points last season with 73 on 26 goals and 47 assists. She was named the USCHO.com Player of the Year, while also earning First-Team All-America status. She’s now been named an All-American in each of her first two seasons, after being named to the Second-Team in here rookie year.
O’Neill (Sr. - Cornell) was key in Cornell’s run to the NCAA Frozen Four a season ago, finishing the year with 38 points on 22 goals and 16 assists. She’s earned post-season honors in each of her first three seasons, including All-Rookie in 2017, First-Team in 2018, and Second-Team in 2019.
Thompson (Sr. - Princeton) finished third on the team in scoring a year ago, including first among all defensemen. The Toronto, Ont. native finished the year with 28 points on nine goals and 19 assists, earning First-Team All-League honors for her efforts.
Bourbonnais (Sr. - Cornell) was named ECAC Hockey Best Defenseman after the 2018-19 season in which she averaged nearly a point-per-game, scoring nine goals and adding 20 assists. She ranked fourth in the nation amongst defensemen in points-per-game (.91), fifth in goals-per-game (.28), and sixth in assists per-game (.62).
Reeed (Fr. - Harvard) had a dominant rookie campaign, setting the Harvard single season record for saves with 927. She ended the season with a .940 save percentage (fourth in the nation), earning Second-Team All-Leaguee honors. She was also a finalist for both Rookie of the Year and Goaltender of the Year.
The puck will drop on the 2019-20 season in just a few weeks, as Colgate takes on Holy Cross on Saturday, September 21.
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