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The 1998 ECAC Tournament took place between March 13, 1998 and March 21, 1998 for the Men's Division I league and between March X, 1998 and March XX, 1998 for the Women's Division I league.


Men's Tournament Edit

The regular season champions were the Yale Bulldogs. Yale was awarded an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament through their regular season championship.

For the first time, the 7-10 seeds played in the quarterfinals without a single-game play-in round.

The seeds for the men's tournament were:

Dartmouth and Union did not qualify for the tournament.

First RoundEdit

The first round was played during March 13-15 at the site of the higher seed. The first team to accrue 3 points advanced to the Final Five.

Ingalls Rink - New Haven, CT Game 1 (ot) Game 2 (ot) Game 3
#1 Yale 334
#10 St. Lawrence 331
Cheel Arena - Potsdam, NY Game 1 (ot) Game 2
#2 Clarkson 25
#9 Vermont 13
Houston Field House - Troy, NY Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
#3 Rensselaer 434
#8 Cornell 505
Meehan Auditorium - Providence, RI Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
#4 Brown 263
#7 Princeton 305
Bright Hockey Center - Boston, MA Game 1 Game 2
#5 Harvard 54
#6 Colgate 42

ECAC Final FiveEdit

The ECAC Championships took place March 19-21 at 1980 Olympic Arena in Lake Placid, New York. The games were single-elimination.

On March 19th, the two lowest seeds, Princeton and Cornell, competed in the Play-in game.

Play-in Game Final
#7 Princeton 6
#8 Cornell 2

On March 20th, the remaining four teams took part in the semifinal round.

Semifinal #1 Final
#1 Yale 1
#7 Princeton 2
Semifinal #2 Final
#2 Clarkson 6
#5 Harvard 2

The semifinal losers, Yale and Harvard, played in the consolation game on March 21st.

ECAC Third Place Game Final
#1 Yale 1
#5 Harvard 4

Princeton and Clarkson met in the ECAC Championship game. For the second straight year, the Golden Knights reached the final game only to be denied. This time, they lost to a cinderella Princeton team, which became the first team to win the ECAC championship after a sub-.500 season when Syl Apps scored in double overtime, giving Princeton its first ever ECAC title. Princeton forward Jeff Halpern was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Princeton was awarded the ECAC's second automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

ECAC Championship Game Final (ot)
#2 Clarkson 4
#7 Princeton 5

Princeton, Clarkson, and Yale would move on to represent the ECAC in the NCAA tournament.

Women's Tournament Edit

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