1996 ECAC Hockey Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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The 1996 ECAC Hockey Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 35th tournament in league history. It was played between March 5 and March 16, 1996.[4] Preliminary and quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the 'final four' games were played at the Olympic Arena (subsequently renamed Herb Brooks Arena) in Lake Placid, New York. By winning the tournament, Cornell received the ECAC's automatic bid to the 1996 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Format[edit]

The tournament featured four rounds of play. The two teams that finish below tenth place in the standings are not eligible for tournament play. In the preliminary round, the seventh and tenth seeds and the eighth and ninth seeds each play a single game to determine the final qualifying teams for the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals the first seed and lower ranked qualifier, the second and higher ranked qualifier, the third seed and sixth seed and the fourth seed and fifth seed played a modified best-of-three series, where the first team to receive 3 points moves on. After the opening round every series becomes a single-elimination game. In the semifinals, the highest seed plays the lowest remaining seed while the two remaining teams play with the winners advancing to the championship game and the losers advancing to the third place game. The tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the 1996 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Conference Standings[5][edit]

Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Vermont 22 17 2 3 37 86 45 38 27 7 4 149 91
Clarkson 22 16 4 2 34 97 59 38 25 10 3 152 105
St. Lawrence 22 15 4 3 33 107 74 35 20 12 3 144 132
Cornell* 22 14 4 4 31 94 66 34 21 9 4 139 108
Colgate 22 13 5 4 30 95 60 34 17 13 4 136 117
Harvard 22 9 12 1 19 76 71 34 13 20 1 111 114
Brown 22 5 11 6 16 60 81 32 9 15 8 99 124
Rensselaer 22 7 13 2 16 63 77 35 10 22 3 116 131
Dartmouth 22 6 14 2 14 57 88 30 7 30 3 83 130
Princeton 22 5 14 2 13 59 81 30 7 19 4 78 117
Union 22 4 15 3 11 55 83 30 7 19 4 83 100
Yale 22 4 17 1 9 53 109 31 7 23 1 80 145
Championship: Cornell
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll

Bracket[edit]

Teams are reseeded after the first two rounds

  Preliminary Round
March 5
Quarterfinals
March 8-10
Semifinals
March 15
Championship
March 16
                                         
  1  Vermont 5 6 1  Vermont 3  
7  Brown 4 8  Rensselaer 2 4 6  Harvard 4  
10  Princeton 3
  2  Clarkson 5 5
8  Rensselaer 5 7  Brown 2 3     4  Cornell 2
9  Dartmouth 4   6  Harvard 1
  3  St. Lawrence 2 3 4
6  Harvard 5 3 8 Third Place
  4  Cornell 8 8 2  Clarkson 0 1  Vermont 3
5  Colgate 3 1 4  Cornell 3   2  Clarkson 1

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)


Preliminary Round[edit]

(7) Brown vs. (10) Princeton[edit]


(8) Rensselaer vs. (9) Dartmouth[edit]


Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) Vermont vs. (8) Rensselaer[edit]

Vermont won series 2–0


(2) Clarkson vs. (7) Brown[edit]

Clarkson won series 2–0


(3) St. Lawrence vs. (6) Harvard[edit]

Harvard won series 2–1


(4) Cornell vs. (5) Colgate[edit]

Cornell won series 2–0


Semifinals[edit]

(1) Vermont vs. (6) Harvard[edit]


(2) Clarkson vs. (4) Cornell[edit]


Third place[edit]

(1) Vermont vs. (2) Clarkson[edit]


Championship[edit]

(4) Cornell vs. (6) Harvard[edit]


Tournament awards[edit]

All-Tournament Team[6][edit]

* Most Outstanding Player(s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cornell Men's Team History". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Mike Schafer Year-by-Year Coaching Record". USCHO.com. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  3. ^ "ECAC Awards". College Hockey Historical Archive. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  4. ^ "ECAC Tournament". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  5. ^ "2008-09 ECAC Hockey Media Guides". ECAC Hockey. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Men's All-Tournament Teams" (PDF). ECAC Hockey. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 

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