The Red Eye Soars
Sophomore goaltender Dave LeNeveu led
Cornell to its second straight ECAC regular-season
title. Now the Big Red seek the playoff title, which
eluded them last year.
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Round Series Previews
12 Princeton at No. 5 Brown
PU: 3-24-2 (2-18-2)
BU: 12-11-5 (10-8-4)
Season series: Brown won, 2-0-0
Tiger fact: The Tigers have three goalies
who played at least eight games this year, but only
Trevor Clay earned a win (3-8-0, 4.73, .879)
Bear fact: Brown is hosting its first
playoff series since 1998, when it lost to Princeton
in three games in the first round
How Princeton wins: Pray that Brown
forgets that it has a playoff series to host
How Brown wins: Keep focused on this
series and don't look ahead
11 Rensselaer at No. 6 Union
RPI: 10-23-3 (4-15-3)
Union: 14-16-4 (10-10-2)
Season series: RPI
Engineer fact: The Engineers, who were
3-12-2 over their final 17 games, have won two previous
playoff meetings with their Capital District rivals
Dutchmen fact: Union has increased
its win total each year since Kevin Sneddon became coach
How Rensselaer wins: Play with the
hunger it displayed in beating Union, 4-2, at home on
How Union wins: Keep playing the same
hard-nose hockey that they showed over the final three
games of the season
10 Vermont at No. 7 Clarkson
UVM: 11-18-3 (8-14-0)
CU: 12-18-3 (9-10-3)
Season series: Tied
Catamount fact: Two years ago, goalie
Shawn Conschafter led 10th-seeded Vermont to an upset
of top-seeded Clarkson in the first round
Golden Knight fact: Clarkson has had
home ice in the playoffs for 15 straight years
How Vermont wins: Hope Conschafter
can do it again
How Clarkson wins: Keep momentum going
from last weekend's impressive road ties at Harvard
9 St. Lawrence at No. 8 Colgate
SLU: 10-19-5 (7-12-3)
CU: 14-16-4 (9-10-3)
Season series: Tied
Saint fact: The road wasn't kind, where
they were 4-11-2
Red Raider fact: They won their last
five home games
How St. Lawrence wins: Must get strong
play in goal
How Colgate wins: Senior forward Scooter
Smith (23-14-37) must continue to carry the offense
that started with the November firing of Clarkson coach
Mark Morris after an incident with a player at a practice
and the subsequent accusations between Morris and the school
threatened to overshadow the first season in which everyone
makes the ECAC playoffs.
new playoff system had some people wondering if teams would
take it easy during the regular season. That proved not
to be the case, as some seeding positions weren't determined
until the final night.
and Harvard battled for the Cleary Cup, with the Big Red
capturing its second straight regular-season title. They
finished the regular season as the second-ranked team in
the national polls, and are considered among the favorites
to win the NCAA tourney – which would be the first
national crown for an ECAC team since Harvard won it in
should make amends for losing last year's ECAC tournament
by winning it this year at Pepsi Arena in Albany, N.Y. They
are led by the nation's best goalie in sophomore Dave LeNeveu,
who posted a 1.16 goals-against average, a .943 save percentage
and seven shutouts, eclipsing the Cornell record of six
set by the legendary Ken Dryden.
Big Red are also a big team, and wear teams down with their
size. How do you get around rugged 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior
defenseman Doug Murray? Teams are still trying to figure
out for Dartmouth. The Big Green played well down the stretch
and surpassed Yale for the No. 3 seed in the tournament.
Freshman forward Hugh Jessiman has been a great player,
but senior goaltender Nick Boucher may be the key for the
Big Green. It appears he finally has recaptured the success
he enjoyed his first two seasons.
Dave LeNeveu, Cornell: With his miniscule GAA and his seven
shutouts, it's a no-brainer pick.
D – Doug Murray, Cornell: Rugged player who clears
traffic in front of LeNeveu.
D – Noah Welch, Harvard: A rock on the Crimson blue
line with a good scoring touch.
F – Tim Pettit, Harvard: Led the ECAC in scoring in
conference games with 14 goals and 23 assists.
F – Chris Higgins, Yale: Enjoy him in the playoffs,
because he could be headed to the Montreal Canadiens next
F – Dominic Moore, Harvard. Came on with a flourish
to score 21 goals, second most in the ECAC.
of the Year
picked to finish 10th in the coaches' poll and 12th in the
media poll. But Skating Dutchmen head coach Kevin Sneddon
molded a young team, which featured two freshmen goalies,
and had them competing for a first-round bye
on the final night of the season. The Dutchmen also posted
their first sweeps of the Dartmouth-Vermont and Clarkson-St.
Lawrence road trips.
of the Year
LeNeveu, Cornell. For all the reasons mentioned above.
of the Year
Jessiman, the 6-5, 200-pound forward from Dartmouth, led
the Big Green and all ECAC rookies with 19 goals and 22
assists. His size and strength has NHL scouts drooling.
posting just 14 goals and 23 assists his first three seasons,
Yale's Evan Wax had a career year with 18 goals and 18 assists.
He had a pair of four-goal games this season and was a big
reason why the Bulldogs' offense was the most potent in
Schott covers college hockey for The Daily Gazette in Schenectady,