INCH Measures Up: Dov Grumet-Morris
Sophomore goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris
had a 1.29 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage
in last year's ECAC Tournament. (Photo
by dspics.com/Harvard Athletics)
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5 Brown at No. 4 Yale
Brown: 14-11-5 (10-8-4)
Yale: 17-12-0 (13-9-0)
Season series: Tied, 1-1-0
Bear fact: Both games of Brown’s
sweep of Princeton were scoreless heading into the third
Bulldog fact: No current Yale player
has won a postseason game.
How Brown wins: Goaltender Yann Danis
must handle the nation’s fifth-best offense. The
Bulldogs matched their season average with four goals
in each of the two previous meetings this year.
How Yale wins: Bounce back from three
straight losses to end the regular season, and hope
that Josh Gartner, a freshman, doesn't have playoff
jitters in goal.
8 Colgate at No. 3 Dartmouth
Colgate: 16-17-4 (9-10-3)
Dartmouth: 17-11-1 (13-9-0)
Season series: Tied, 1-1-0
Red Raider fact: Colgate President
Rebecca Chopp purchased all the student tickets for
last weekend’s three-game series against St. Lawrence
and gave them away so that students could see the games
Big Green fact: Dartmouth has been
tough at home, going 11-3-1.
How Colgate wins: The Red Raiders,
who are 5-1-1 in their last seven, will need more from
Scooter Smith and Kyle Doyle, who combined for one point
How Dartmouth wins: Stay sharp defensively.
The Big Green allowed only one goal in each game of
its last weekend series, at Rensselaer and Union. With
the Hugh Jessiman-Mike Ouellette-Lee Stempniak line
up front, the goals should come.
10 Vermont at No. 2 Harvard
UVM: 13-18-3 (8-14-0)
Harvard: 19-8-2 (17-4-1)
Season series: Harvard leads, 2-0-0
Catamount fact: Vermont has faced Harvard
three times in the ECAC Tournament, with one win (1989
semifinals) and two losses (1988 consolation, 1996 semifinals).
Crimson fact: Tim Pettit won the ECAC
scoring title with 14-23—37 in 22 games.
How Vermont wins: Must shut down some
of the best scorers in the ECAC and get stellar performances
from goalie Shawn Conschafter.
How Harvard wins: “I think this
weekend you’ll really see a heightened level of
commitment to defense from our whole team,” goaltender
Dov Grumet-Morris said. “It’s a cliché,
but team defense is how you win championships. We learned
that at this time last year.”
11 Rensselaer at No. 1 Cornell
RPI: 12-23-3 (4-15-3)
Cornell: 24-4-1 (19-2-1)
Season series: Cornell leads, 2-0-0
Engineer fact: RPI is just 2-6 in
playoff games against Cornell.
Big Red fact: Cornell is 13-0 at
Lynah this year and 21-0-1 in its last 22 games.
How Rensselaer wins: Play a near-perfect
series, including staying out of the penalty box against
the ECAC's best power play (24.1 percent).
How Cornell wins: Forget any thoughts
of throwing the series to ensure that the ECAC earns
a second NCAA Tournament berth and just play their
– Nate Ewell and Ken Schott
year, after splitting Harvard’s goaltending duties
for most of the regular season, Dov Grumet-Morris caught
fire in the playoffs and led the Crimson to a surprise ECAC
Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth.
are a little higher this season, and the sophomore from
Evanston, Ill., and his teammates begin the defense of their
title this weekend against Vermont in a quarterfinal series.
The Crimson, despite a solid regular season, may need a
championship to secure another trip to the NCAAs.
College Hockey caught up with Grumet-Morris earlier this
week to get his take on the ECAC Tournament and much more.
College Hockey: This year’s ECAC playoffs take on
a little bit of a new look. Did you like having the bye
Grument-Morris: My answer might be tainted a little
because we had the bye week, but I think it’s a good
thing. We got a much-needed rest and were able to sit back,
work on our fundamentals and design a game plan for the
team we are going to play next. Vermont is coming off a
big weekend at Clarkson and they’ll have some momentum,
but for us, I think it was a good thing.
Do you guys talk much about defending last year’s
Not really – we’re taking this as a whole different
year. Our wins last year don’t really mean anything
What do you think about the tournament moving to Albany?
I’ve got one great, great memory of Lake
Placid, but I’m excited about trying to get to Albany.
It sounds like a really great venue, a pro rink, and it’s
a real step up for our conference. That, in conjunction
with more television coverage on NESN, makes this an exciting
time for our conference. I think we’re really moving
to establish ourselves among the four major conferences.
Does your preparation change for the playoffs, or is it
just a matter of added excitement?
It is added excitement, and from a preparation standpoint
you go into each weekend knowing that the season is almost
over. Each day at practice you know there could be just
one more week. In the grind of the season, you don’t
have that opportunity – so there’s a definite
difference in terms of focus.
Are you more confident now given the success you had during
last year’s playoffs?
Obviously the experience we got in Lake Placid
last year is priceless. You can’t really teach that,
and you can’t coach it. It’s kind of like a
wild card for us. It’s good to know that we’ve
been there before.
Do you guys think about what you have to do to get into
the NCAA Tournament?
At this point in the season, no. The only focus
you can have is winning, and not only winning the tournament,
which would obviously get you in, but winning the series
this weekend. There’s no way we can be a team under
consideration – legitimate consideration – unless
we win this weekend. And you never know about this kind
of stuff until the last conference tournament has been played
– if anybody knows that, it’s us after our experience
You went to work right after practice today – what’s
I work for the athletic department, cleaning up around the
rink and things like that. Gotta pay the bills, you know.
What’s the best and the worst thing you have to do?
The worst thing would have to be cleaning the glass at the
rink. It’s almost a joke – you’re cleaning
the glass, and you just know that the next night or the
next weekend people are going to have their hands all over
it making it dirty again.
know if there is a best thing. It is work, after all –
and I am a janitor.