RPI Mens Hockey Advances to Play Colgate in ECACHL Playoffs
The Rensselaer Mens' Hockey Team needed three points in the last weekend of the 2006-07 regular season to clinch home ice for the first round of the ECAC Hockey League playoffs. It managed to get two points through its thrilling 6-5 victory over Brown at Houston Field House on Friday night. However, the Engineers lost to Yale 4-3 on Senior Night, forcing them to go on the road next weekend at Colgate.
Rensselaer finishes the regular season with a 10-16-8 record, 6-11-5 in the ECACHL.
The playoff games will be Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm at Starr Rink on the Colgate campus in Hamilton, NY. A third game will be played, if necessary, on Sunday, March 4 at 7:00pm.
CollegeHockeyNews.com published an excellent analysis of the tiebreakers necessary to determine the RPI - Colgate matchup:
The ECAC had to use its "infinite loop fix" to break the fourth-place tie between Cornell and Quinnipiac (which went down to record vs. the top eight) and the eighth-place tie among Colgate, RPI, and Yale (which went down to record vs. the top four).
Read the analysis for yourself and see if it makes sense to you.
Best of luck to the Engineers this weekend. RPI split with Colgate in the regular season this year, with each team winning on its home ice. Hopefully we'll have better luck at Colgate this time around.
Update: Rensselaer was swept by Colgate in the first round of the ECAC playoffs on March 2 and 3. The final scores were 3-1 on Friday night and 4-1 on Saturday. The Men's Hockey Team ended the season with an overall record of 10-18-8, 6-11-5 in the ECACHL.