Cornell and Harvard Set to Clash in ECAC Women's Ice Hockey Semifinals
POTSDAM, N.Y. - Guaranteeing that an Ivy League squad will be in the finals for the 17th consecutive season, Harvard and Cornell will face each other Saturday afternoon in the semifinal round of the 2014 ECAC Women's Ice Hockey Tournament.
The semifinals and finals are being held at Clarkson's Cheel Arena. Clarkson is the top-seed in the tournament and will face fourth-seeded Quinnipiac in the first semifinal at 1 pm. Harvard and Cornell will square off at approximately 4 pm.
Cornell is the defending champion and has won three of the last four titles. Harvard's last title came in 2008 and has won five titles all-time. An Ivy League school has won 15 of the last 16 titles.
It is the 16th-consecutive year that the Crimson have advanced to the semifinal round. Cornell has made it to the semifinals each of the last five seasons. The teams last met in the ECAC Tournament in last year's championship game, won by Cornell in Ithaca, 2-1.
Third-seeded Cornell got to the semifinals by sweeping sixth-seeded Princeton in a best-of-three semifinal round last weekend. Although the Big Red fell behind early to Princeton in Game 1, Cornell rallied for a 3-2 win in the opener and then clinched the series on Saturday, 5-3. It was the Tigers who knocked Cornell out of the Ivy League title on the regular season's final day by beating the Big Red in Ithaca.
Second-seeded Harvard had a much tougher time getting to the semifinals. Facing rival Yale at home, the first two games went double-overtime. Seventh-seeded Yale won the opener, 3-2, on a goal by Janelle Ferrara with 2:17 remaining in the second extra-session. A day later, Harvard's Miye D'Oench found the net 4:01 into the second overtime to stave off elimination for the second-seeded Crimson.
Harvard had a little bit more left in the tank on Sunday, however, as the Crimson eliminated the Bulldogs, 4-0, behind two Hillary Crowe goals.
Sunday's championship game will be played at 1 pm and will be shown live on ESPN3, the winner of which receives an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.