RPI Beats Colgate, Gets Some Breaks, to Earn Home Ice
RPI went into this weekend needing to win at least one, and probably two games, in order to finish high enough in the ECAC standings to play next weekend's ECAC playoff games at home. Things didn't look good for the Engineers after Friday night's 2-1 loss to Cornell. According to the USCHO report, it appeared that RPI had tied the game with about one minute to go in regulation time. But, the apparent goal was waved off by the referee, after a lengthy conference between the on-ice officials and the goaljudge.
On Saturday, RPI clinched home ice in remarkable fashion. They defeated Colgate 3-1 with goals by Carson Butterwick, Jim Henkel, and Ben Barr.
In order for RPI to gain home ice, Yale also had to defeat Brown on Saturday. The Yale-Brown game finished before the RPI-Colgate game, because Senior Night ceremonies at Houston Field House apparently took longer than expected. When it became clear that Yale would win, the RPI-Colgate game became more intense because the winner would get home ice for the first round of the playoffs.
RPI managed to hold on, and will host Princeton in a Best-of-Three series next weekend. Princeton had a great weekend, shutting out Harvard for the first time in 50 years. For more information about the final regular season standings, visit the ECAC page on USCHO.com. There is also a page which summarizes the ECAC playoff matchups.