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The 1997 ECAC Tournament took place between March 4, 1997 and March 15, 1997 for the Men's Division I league and between March X, 1997 and March XX, 1997 for the Women's Division I league.

Conference StandingsEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; PTS = Points; GF = Goals For; GA = Goals Against

Conference Overall
GP W L T PTS GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Clarkson 22 17 5 0 34 94 54 37 27 10 0 154 91
Cornell* 22 14 6 2 30 80 63 35 21 9 5 123 100
Vermont 22 13 6 3 29 67 60 36 22 11 3 125 105
Rensselaer 22 12 7 3 27 83 71 36 20 12 4 137 112
Union 22 11 8 3 25 63 54 34 18 13 3 106 79
Princeton 22 11 8 3 25 70 59 34 18 12 4 111 103
Colgate 22 10 9 3 23 79 79 33 16 14 3 126 124
Harvard 22 9 11 2 20 64 67 32 11 18 3 85 106
St. Lawrence 22 5 12 5 15 78 92 35 10 20 5 121 148
Yale 22 6 14 2 14 61 82 32 10 19 3 90 114
Dartmouth 22 5 15 2 12 75 100 29 10 17 2 105 121
Brown 22 4 16 2 10 81 114 29 7 19 3 108 148
Championship: Cornell
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Final rankings: USA Today/American Hockey Magazine Coaches Poll Top 10 Poll

Tournament Edit

The regular season champions were the Clarkson Golden Knights. Clarkson was awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament through their regular season championship.

The seeds for the men's tournament were:

Dartmouth and Brown did not qualify for the tournament.

Preliminary RoundEdit

The preliminary round was played on March 4 among the 7-10 seeds at the site of the higher seed. The winner of each game advanced to the Quarterfinal Round.

Starr Rink - Hamilton, NY Final
#7 Colgate 0
#10 Yale 1
Bright Hockey Center - Boston, MA Final
#8 Harvard 4
#9 St. Lawrence 2

Quarterfinal RoundEdit

The Quarterfinal Round was held March 7-9 at the site of the higher seeds. The first team to accrue 3 points advanced to the Final Four.

Cheel Arena - Potsdam, NY Game 1 Game 2
#1 Clarkson 54
#10 Yale 21
Lynah Rink - Ithaca, NY Game 1 (ot) Game 2
#2 Cornell 24
#8 Harvard 21
Gutterson Fieldhouse - Burlington, VT Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
#3 Vermont 272
#6 Princeton 313
Houston Field House - Troy, NY Game 1 Game 2
#4 Rensselaer 33
#5 Union 11


ECAC Final FourEdit

The ECAC Championships took place March 14-15 at 1980 Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, New York. The games were single-elimination.

On March 14th, the remaining four teams took part in the semifinal round.

Semifinal #1 Final
#1 Clarkson 5
#6 Princeton 1
Semifinal #2 Final
#2 Cornell 5
#4 Rensselaer 3

The semifinal losers, Rensselaer and Princeton, played in the consolation game on March 15st.

ECAC Third Place Game Final
#4 Rensselaer 8
#6 Princeton 4

Cornell and Clarkson met in the ECAC Championship game. The Big Red of Cornell won their second straight ECAC title, and record ninth overall. Also for the second straight year, Cornell netminder Jason Elliott was named the tournament's Most Oustanding Player. Cornell was awarded the ECAC's second automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

ECAC Championship Game Final
#1 Clarkson 1
#2 Cornell 2

Clarkson, Cornell, and Vermont would go on to represent the ECAC in the NCAA Tournament.