Three first-round sweeps in ECAC Hockey tourney; one Game 3 Sunday
Three teams have punched their ticket to the quarterfinal round of the ECAC Hockey tournament, while one series will be decided Sunday.
St. Lawrence, Cornell and Brown all swept their best-of-three first-round series Saturday, while Dartmouth forced a Game 3 against Harvard.
Here's the recap:
No. 5 Dartmouth 4, No. 12 Harvard 1
Matt Lindblad and Tyler Sikura had a goal and an assist each as the Big Green beat the Crimson at Thompson Arena to tie the series, 1-1.
Dustin Walsh gave Dartmouth a 1-0 lead midway through the first period. Harvard tied it Alex Fallstrom's power-play goal at 8:43 of the second period. But just over four minutes later Sikura got a power-play goal for the Big Green.
Third-period goals by Mike Keenan and Lindblad put the game away.
Charles Grant got the start in goal for Dartmouth in place of Cab Morris and made 23 saves.
No. 6 St. Lawrence 4, No. 11 Colgate 1
Kyle Flanagan had a goal and three assists in his second game back from an appendectomy to help the Saints eliminate the Raiders.
Flanagan gave the Saints a 1-0 lead at 9:58 of the first. His three assists came on power-play goals by Greg Carey in the first, and two by Justin Baker in the third.
Kurtis Bartliff scored Colgate's goal.
No. 7 Brown 4, No. 10 Clarkson 3
Jake Goldberg scored twice, and the Bears jumped out to a 4-1 lead before holding on to eliminate the Golden Knights.
Brown took a 3-0 lead in the first period on goals by Matt Lorito, Goldberg and Dennis Robertson. Joe Zarbo scored for Clarkson with 2:39 left in the first, ending a 218:50 scoreless streak.
Goldberg scored a power-play goal with 6:50 left in the second to make it 4-1.
Jarrett Burton scored a pair of power-play goals in the third for the Knights.
No. 9 Cornell 4, No. 8 Princeton 2
Nick D'Agostino scored twice early in the third period to lift the Big Red to a sweep of the Tigers.
D'Agostino's first goal, at 1:32, snapped a 1-1 tie. He scored a power-play goal 4:25 later.
Andrew Calof scored for the Tigers with 45 seconds left, but Joel Lowry's empty-net goal 32 seconds later ended it.
Greg Miller had three assists for Cornell, and Eric Axell had two.
What does this all mean for No. 2 RPI and No. 4 Union? They have to wait until the conclusion of Sunday's Harvard-Dartmouth game to find out who their quarterfinal opponents will be.
If Dartmouth wins, the Big Green will face Union, while RPI takes on Brown. If Harvard wins, it will be St. Lawrence at Union and Cornell at RPI.