1997 ECAC Hockey Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

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The 1997 ECAC Hockey Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 36th tournament in league history. It was played between March 4 and March 15, 1997.[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 1997 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 1997 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
Clarkson 22 17 5 0 34 94 54 37 27 10 0 154 91
Cornell* 22 14 6 2 30 80 63 35 21 9 5 123 100
Vermont 22 13 6 3 29 67 60 36 22 11 3 125 105
Rensselaer 22 12 7 3 27 83 71 36 20 12 4 137 112
Union 22 11 8 3 25 63 54 32 16 12 4 106 79
Princeton 22 11 8 3 25 70 59 34 18 12 4 111 103
Colgate 22 10 9 3 23 79 79 33 16 14 3 126 124
Harvard 22 9 11 2 20 64 67 32 11 18 3 85 106
St. Lawrence 22 5 12 5 15 78 92 35 10 20 5 121 148
Yale 22 6 14 2 14 61 82 32 10 19 3 90 114
Dartmouth 22 5 15 2 12 75 100 29 10 17 2 105 121
Brown 22 4 16 2 10 81 114 29 7 19 3 108 148
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 4
Quarterfinals
March 7-9
Semifinals
March 14
Championship
March 15
                                         
  1  Clarkson 5 4 1  Clarkson 5  
7  Colgate 0 10  Yale 2 1 6  Princeton 1  
10  Yale 1
  2  Cornell 2* 4
8  Harvard 4 8  Harvard 2 1     1  Clarkson 1
9  St. Lawrence 2   2  Cornell 2
  3  Vermont 2 7 2
6  Princeton 3 1 3 Third Place
  4  Rensselaer 3 3 2  Cornell 5 4  Rensselaer 8
5  Union 1 1 4  Rensselaer 3   6  Princeton 4

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)


Preliminary Round[edit]

(7) Colgate vs. (10) Yale[edit]


(8) Harvard vs. (9) St. Lawrence[edit]


Quarterfinals[edit]

(1) Clarkson vs. (10) Yale[edit]

Clarkson won series 2–0


(2) Cornell vs. (8) Harvard[edit]

Cornell won series 1–0–1


(3) Vermont vs. (6) Princeton[edit]

Princeton won series 2–1


(4) Rensselaer vs. (5) Union[edit]

Rensselaer won series 2–0


Semifinals[edit]

(1) Clarkson vs. (6) Princeton[edit]


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


Third place[edit]

(4) Rensselaer vs. (6) Princeton[edit]


Championship[edit]

(1) Clarkson vs. (2) Cornell[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". ECAC Hockey. Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 

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