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Harvard and Cornell Set for ECAC Hockey Semifinals

Harvard and Cornell Set for ECAC Hockey Semifinals

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Two Ivies—No. 2/2 Harvard and No. 9/10 Cornell—earned the right to participate in the 2017 ECAC Men’s Hockey Championship semifinals on March 17.


LEAGUE NOTES
  • A pair of Ivies are ranked in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Harvard (No. 2/2) and Cornell (No. 9/10) are ranked in the latest editions.  
  • Harvard captured the Ivy League title with a 4-2 victory at Yale on Feb. 17. The Crimson posted an 8-1-1 mark in League play to earn back-to-back Ivy crowns for the first time since 1993-94.
  • Harvard also clinched a share of the ECAC Hockey regular-season title by way of its 6-3 victory over St. Lawrence on Feb. 25 and Cornell’s 3-3 tie with Union.
  • Harvard and Cornell advanced to the ECAC Hockey semifinals by winning their best-of-three quarterfinals on March 10-12. Harvard swept Yale, winning 6-4 on March 10 and 4-3 on March 11. Cornell took three games to top Clarkson. The Big Red dropped the first game, 6-2, on March 10, before rebounding for 2-1 wins on March 11 and 12.
  • Princeton fell to Union in the ECAC Hockey quarterfinals in two games, losing 4-1 on March 10 and 4-3 in overtime on March 11.
  • Harvard’s Ted Donato and Princeton’s Ron Fogarty were named finalists for the ECAC Hockey Tim Taylor Coach of the Year Award.
  • Cornell’s Jake Weidner was selected as a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Forward Award.
  • Princeton’s Jackson Cressey and Harvard’s Adam Fox were tabbed as finalists for the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year honor.
  • Harvard’s Merrick Madsen was dubbed a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Ken Dryden Goaltender of the Year Award and a semifinalist for the Mike Richter Award, which honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men’s ice hockey.
  • Harvard’s Alexander Kerfoot was named a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year Award and the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which honors the top player in NCAA men’s ice hockey.
  • The Ivy League has claimed 28-of-54 ECAC Hockey Avision Ahead Men’s Weekly Awards since the start of Ivy League play on Oct. 28.

No. 5 Quinnipiac vs. No. 1 Harvard | Live Video on ECACHockey.com
  • Harvard and Quinnipiac split the regular-season series, with each winning on their home ice. The Bobcats took the season-opener on Nov. 12 by a 4-2 margin, while the Crimson proved victorious on Jan. 6, 5-2.
  • Quinnipiac is one of just five teams to have defeated Harvard this season.
  • Harvard is 24-5-2 on the year, while Quinnipiac sits at 23-14-2.
  • The Crimson’s high-powered offense features six student-athletes who have tallied at least 30 points this season—senior forward Alexander Kerfoot (16-24—40), senior forward Tyler Moy (18-21—39), senior forward Sean Malone (15-23—38), sophomore forward Ryan Donato (18-18—36), freshman defenseman Adam Fox (5-29—34) and senior forward Luke Esposito (14-19—33).
  • Junior goaltender Merrick Madsen anchors the Harvard back line with a .915 save percentage and 2.26 goals against average.
  • The semifinal is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. on Friday, March 17, at the 1980 Rink-Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., and will be broadcast on ASN, TSN2 and ECACHockey.com.
  • The championship final is slated for 7:35 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.

No. 3 Cornell vs. No. 2 Union | Live Video on ECACHockey.com
  • Cornell defeated Union in the season-opener on Feb. 3 in Schenectady, N.Y., 5-3, before the sides battled to a 3-3 tie in Ithaca, N.Y., on the final weekend of ECAC Hockey regular-season play.
  • Cornell is one of eight teams to have defeated Union this season.
  • The Big Red possess a 20-7-5 overall mark, while the Dutchmen are 25-8-3.
  • Offensively, the Big Red boast four 20-point scorers in sophomore forward Mitch Vanderlaan (15-12—27), senior defenseman Patrick McCarron (6-18—24), junior forward Trevor Yates (12-10—22) and senior forward Jake Weidner (7-15—22).
  • Senior net-minder Mitch Gillam boasts a .919 save percentage and 2.16 goals against average this season.
  • The semifinal is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. on Friday, March 17, at the 1980 Rink-Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., and will be broadcast on ASN, TSN2 and ECACHockey.com.
  • The championship final is slated for 7:35 p.m. on Saturday, March 18.