The NHL Network is carrying the ECAC hockey tournament semifinals and championship game this weekend. Semifinal coverage will begin Friday at 4 p.m. ET, with the championship game airing on the NHL Network on Sunday at noon. Here’s a preview of what to expect:
(1) Yale vs. (4) St. Lawrence, Friday, 4 p.m. ET -- Yale (22-7-2 overall, 15-5-2 ECAC) came into this tournament as the favorite after the winning regular-season title. ... The Bulldogs are ranked seventh in the latest NHL.com Top 10. ... Yale took care of Brown, sweeping the best-of-three quarterfinal series and looks poised to not only win this tournament but to make some noise nationally in the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs are 10th in the nation in scoring, 11th in defense, 20th on the power play and fifth on the penalty kill. ... Junior forward Mark Arcobello leads the team with 33 points, while senior goaltender Alec Richards has been the man between the pipes, going 17-4-1 with a 2.01 GAA and .923 save percentage. ... Yale is coached Keith Allain, who is in his third season behind the Bulldogs' bench.
St. Lawrence (21-11-4 overall; 11-7-4 ECAC), came into this tournament as the fourth seed and beat Quinnipiac in two games in the quarterfinal. ... The Saints are led by junior forward Mike McKenzie, who finished the season with 34 points. ... In net, junior goalie Alex Petizan is 17-8-4 with a 2.12 GAA and .928 save percentage. ... Joe Marsh is in his 24th season as coach of St. Lawrence.
(2) Cornell vs. (3) Princeton Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET -- Cornell (20-8-4 overall; 13-6-3 ECAC) came into the tournament as the second seed and is ranked ninth in the latest NHL.com Top 10. ... The Big Red beat Rensselaer in a three-game quarterfinal series. ... Cornell has one of the best goalies in the tournament, with the other being Princeton junior netminder Zane Kalemba. The Big Red have ridden junior goaltender Ben Scrivens who was 20-8-4 with a 1.68 GAA and .936 save percentage. ... Up front, Cornell has been led by sophomore forward Riley Nash who has 33 points. ... Mike Schafer is in his 14th season behind the Big Red bench.
Princeton (22-10-0 overall; 14-8-0 ECAC) came into the tournament as the third seed and is ranked eighth in the latest NHL.com Top 10. ... The Tigers took down Union in three games in the quarterfinal series. Much like Cornell, the Tigers will most likely go as far as their goalie carries them. Kalemba was 22-8-0 with a 1.68 GAA and .936 save percentage. ... Senior forward Brett Wilson leads the Tigers with 25 points. ... Guy Gadowsky is in his fifth season as coach at Princeton.