The college hockey world seems to be taking a break , as college student’s around the country ( myself included) sit around in libraries around the country cramming for finals. With the holidays coming up I have decided to look back on the first half of the season.
So far this year there has been so many wild results amongst the teams of the ECAC. It is almost as like there is no cohesive identity for the league this year with all of the high’s and low’s that have occurred.
There is plenty of things to make the league seem strong with results like Union’s big win over Michigan and Colgate’s 1-1 tie with Merrimack this past weekend. Cornell looks very good within league play and young freshman Brian Ferlin has been incredible all season.
Quinnipiac currently sits in third place in the league standings and has a strong overall record of 11-6-3. The team has played a lot of games so far this year, but one has to think that it has really contributed to the success of the Bobcats.
Yet there have been some staggering disappointments so far this season. For instance a team like RPI should not have a 3-13 record following a year in which the team made the national tournament. Travel partners Dartmouth and Harvard have great teams, yet both teams seem to be stuck in mediocrity.
Even perennial ECAC powerhouses Yale have been up and down all season. Win’s again Union and Colgate might look good, but a 7-6 loss to Sacred Heart looks awful on their resume. The Bulldogs might miss out on the NCAA tournament if they can’t string together some better results. At this point I don’t think Yale is a top four team in the ECAC.
With the holiday tournament season coming upon most teams there will be plenty of big tests forthcoming. ECAC teams should enter the bulk of league play with the optimism that almost any team could get a first round bye when the playoffs begin in March.