Going into the final weekend, the Cleary Cup is Cornell’s to lose and the Big Red would need to be swept for Union to catch them. Beyond, the top of the standings, however, the races are close. Cornell, Union, Clarkson and Harvard will own the byes but positioning is up for grabs. The only way Union can win the Cleary Cup, would be a win against Colgate on Friday night, Cornell losing for a second time this season against lowly RPI and beating the Big Red at home on Saturday. It is possible, but Saturday will probably end up being pretty insignificant and we will think of what could have been.
In terms of positions 2-4 in the standings, Union has a four point lead on Clarkson and would need to be swept to lose that spot. Clarkson has the tiebreakers on the Dutchmen, with two wins against them this season. The more interesting battle is for third and fourth, but does it really matter? The Golden Knights and Harvard are separated by a lone point. Clarkson has Princeton and Quinnipiac at home, while the Crimson travels to Brown and Yale. Harvard does own the tiebreakers.
But it is not the battle for positioning at the top, which is going to be the most entertaining part of this weekend, more so the fact that positions 5-9 are separated by just three points. Dartmouth is currently in fifth and is probably pretty close to a lock to the first home-ice spot. It has a big game against Yale on Friday night, which is two points back in a tie for seventh. Colgate is a point back of the Big Green in sixth, while Princeton is also in the drivers seat for a home-ice series’ next weekend tied with the Bulldogs in seventh. (more…)