September 20, 2005
ECACHL Coaches, Media Tab Cornell As Favorite

Cornell is the team to beat in the ECAC Hockey League. As defending league and playoff champions that bit of news hardly comes as a surprise, but the overwhelming margin by which Cornell was selected to repeat both titles is certainly noteworthy.

The Pole's Position

INCH's Joe Gladziszewski was among the media members that participated in the poll. Here's how he saw the ECACHL stacking up before play begins and his choices for the pre-season all-league team.

Pre-Season Poll
1. Cornell
2. Dartmouth
3. Brown
4. Colgate
5. St. Lawrence
6. Harvard
7. Clarkson
8. Union
9. Princeton
10. Yale
11. Rensselaer
12. Quinnipiac

All-League Team
F-T.J. Trevelyan, St. Lawrence
F-Jon Smyth, Colgate
F-Matt Moulson, Cornell
D-Drew Bagnall, SLU
D-Grant Lewis, Dartmouth
G-Dave McKee, Cornell

The Big Red received every first-place vote by 21 media members and all 11 first-place votes by the coaches. A coach does not rank his own team in the poll, and Dartmouth received the number-one vote from Mike Schafer.

Following Cornell in the top four of the media poll were Colgate, Dartmouth, and Harvard. Just 10 points separated the Raiders (197) and the Crimson. St. Lawrence was picked fifth by the media, followed by Brown, Clarkson, Union and Rensselaer, Princeton, Yale and Quinnipiac.

In the coaches poll, Dartmouth was picked second by just one point over Harvard. St. Lawrence was fourth and Colgate was fifth. Positions six through 12 were Brown, Clarkson, Union, Rensselaer, Princeton, Yale and Quinnipiac.

The Big Red were also prominently honored in the All-League teams. Returning All-Americans Dave McKee and Matt Moulson were unanimous selections. Joining Moulson at forward were Colgate’s Jon Smyth and St. Lawrence’s T.J. Trevelyan. A fourth forward was named in the media poll – Dartmouth’s Mike Ouellette. St. Lawrence’s Mike Madill and Dartmouth’s Grant Lewis were the all-league defensemen.

The 2006 ECAC Hockey League Championship will be held March 17-18 at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. The semifinals will take place March 17 beginning at 4:30 p.m. The third-place and championship games will be held March 18 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

ECACHL Preseason Polls

Coaches Poll
1. Cornell (11) 121
2. Dartmouth (1) 94
3. Harvard 93
4. St. Lawrence 89
5. Colgate 86
6. Brown 80
7. Clarkson 64
8. Union 51
9. Rensselaer 39
10. Princeton 32
11. Yale 28
12. Quinnipiac 15

Media Poll
1. Cornell (21) 252
2. Colgate 197
3. Dartmouth 191
4. Harvard 187
5. St. Lawrence 167
6. Brown 159
7. Clarkson 134
8. Rensselaer 89
(tie) Union 89
10. Princeton 73
11. Yale 60
12. Quinnipiac 36

First place votes in parentheses, followed by total points.

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