Yale, RPI Favored to Win ECAC
CHN Staff Report
ALBANY, N.Y. For the first time in league history, six schools received at least one first-place vote in the coaches' preseason poll. Yale, the defending national champion, got the most with four, and leads the poll. Rensselaer, Quinnipiac, Union, Cornell and Dartmouth each earned a top vote as well.
The Bulldogs, led by Keith Allain, are coming off a their first NCAA Championship. Keith Allain took a team that was seeded 15th overall in the NCAAs, and went on to defeat three top seeds. The Bulldogs won twice in OT, came from behind to beat North Dakota, and beat No. 1 Quinnipiac 4-0 at Pittsburgh for the national title. They will be returning 19-letterwinners from last season, including 12 forwards who accounted for 71 goals in 2012-13.
The ECAC media differed slightly at the top, picking Rensselaer over Yale. The biggest discrepancy was with Harvard, which the coaches selected sixth while the media placed it 10th.
The league also announced today that it would eliminate the third-place game from the ECAC tournament, which moves this year back to Lake Placid, N.Y. That leaves no conferences with a consolation game in their tournament anymore.
ECAC Coaches' Preseason poll
10 St. Lawrence
ECAC Hockey Media Association poll
7 St. Lawrence
Coaches' Preseason All-Conference Team
G Jason Kasdorf, Rensselaer
D Shayne Gostibehere. Union
D Joakim Ryan, Cornell
F Kenny Agostino, Yale
F Greg Carey, St. Lawrence
F Andrew Calof, Princeton