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Are There Games This Weekend?

Let’s take a quick look at the schedule for this weekend, shall we?

Friday, October 27
Waterloo at Clarkson
St. Francis Xavier at Vermont

Saturday, October 28
Army at Rensselaer
Merrimack at Union
Waterloo at Cornell
St. Francis Xavier at Dartmouth
Moncton at Yale
Wilfrid Laurier at Princeton

Sunday, October 29
Union at Providence
Moncton at Brown

Notice something here?

There are seven ECAC teams (Brown, Clarkson, Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton, Vermont, Yale) involved in exhibitions this weekend.

There are three ECAC teams (Colgate, Harvard, St. Lawrence) idle.

That leaves two ECAC teams (Rensselaer, Union) playing games that count in the standings.

We can’t wait until the season really gets into full swing. We miss games that count.

Speaking Of Missing Things…

Missing games that count got us thinking. There are a lot of things about ECAC hockey that we miss. Granted, we’re not that old, but we’ve been around. We miss:

  • A prime-time scorer who dominates the league.
  • A team that demands respect from the rest of college hockey, year in and year out, without question.
  • 7:30 p.m. starts on Saturday nights.
  • 7:30 p.m. starts on Friday nights.
  • Army/Princeton road trips … we just don’t have all-out brawls like that anymore.
  • Walker Arena.
  • The Hockey Line around the Rensselaer Union and the crazies that slept out for more than 30 days to get season tickets.
  • Students who went to games and cheered for 60 full minutes.
  • The days when the biggest story coming out of Burlington had to do with Eric Perrin and Martin St. Louis giving out bagels and juice to the fans waiting in line for season tickets.
  • Martin St. Louis and Eric Perrin.
  • The days when chants and cheers were clean and creative.
  • The days when a four-year career was a given, not a hope.
  • The respect that this conference deserves.
  • Terry Slater and Charlie Morrison.

    Boy, there are so many more things we miss, but we only have so much space…

    This Week’s Festivities

    ECAC Player of the Week Don Smith, Sr., F, Clarkson

    ECAC Rookie of the Week Matt Nicholson, D, Colgate

    ECAC Goalie of the Week Brandon Snee, Jr., Union

    Last Week’s Results

    Friday, October 20
    St. Lawrence 5, Holy Cross 1
    UMass-Lowell 4, Rensselaer 3

    Saturday, October 21
    Union 4, Army 1
    Maine 8, St. Lawrence 2
    Boston University 3, Vermont 1
    Clarkson 2, Mercyhurst 1

    Our Record
    Last Week: 5-2
    Season: 7-6, .508

    This Week’s Picks

    Saturday, October 28
    Army at Rensselaer
    The Engineers were without Marc Cavosie last weekend. With both Matt Murley and he in the lineup and a home opener, we like the Engineers.
    Rensselaer 6, Army 2

    Merrimack at Union
    The Dutchmen will try to keep playing the tight-checking game at home. This one will be a low-scoring affair, but the Dutchmen fall.
    Merrimack 3, Union 1

    Sunday, October 29
    Union at Providence
    A tough weekend for the Dutchmen. They play at home on Saturday night, then hop on the bus and head to Providence. The Friars prevail at home.
    Providence 5, Union 1

    Exhibition Time!

    Friday, October 27
    Waterloo at Clarkson St. Francis Xavier at Vermont

    Saturday, October 28
    Waterloo at Cornell
    St. Francis Xavier at Dartmouth
    Moncton at Yale
    Wilfrid Laurier at Princeton

    Sunday, October 29
    Moncton at Brown

    There’s only one thing we hate more than exhibitions, and that’s picking them. But we can tell you one thing — at least two ECAC teams will lose exhibition game this weekends. The ECAC goes 5-2 in those seven games.

    Next Week

    Friday, November 3
    ECAC
    Harvard at Brown
    Nonconference
    Quinnipiac at St. Lawrence
    Dartmouth at Western Michigan
    Yale at New Hampshire
    Niagara at Princeton
    Colgate at Ferris State

    Saturday, November 4
    ECAC
    Rensselaer at Union
    Nonconference
    Quinnipiac at Clarkson
    Dartmouth at Western Michigan
    Niagara at Princeton
    Colgate at Ferris State
    Sacred Heart at Cornell
    Exhibition
    Queen’s at Vermont

    Tuesday, November 7
    Nonconference
    Yale at Boston College