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In the ECAC's final weekend of conference play before the New Year, the Colgate Red Raiders stepped to the fore with a sweep in the Capital District. Friday night they took a hard-fought and controversial 4-2 victory at Rensselaer (a third-period goal by RPI was negated by a quick whistle--excluding the empty-netter at the end, this was the margin of victory), and followed it up by blanking Union 3-0. Union's Achilles Rink continued to be the Achilles heel of Colgate's travel partner Cornell. Two seasons ago the Big Red saw an apparent victory vanish as the Dutchmen scored in the final seconds of regulation to force a tie; last year Cornell suffered their worst defeat of the season, 7-1, in Schenectady; and Friday night the Red found a new way to lose to Union, dropping what was effectively a one-goal game, with an empty-netter off the boards capping the 4-2 Union victory. Saturday Cornell came back from a 5-1 second period deficit to pull to within a goal at RPI, but fell 7-5 when Alain St-Hilaire scored another last-second empty net goal. It was the fourth goal for Rensselaer's top line of St. Hilaire, Eric Healey and Matt Garver; the other three were scored by freshman Brad Tapper, his first career hat trick. Cornell is now on its first first two-game losing streak since January of 1996, and the weekend sweep was the first suffered by Mike Schafer in his two-and-a-half year career as a head coach.
The Golden Knights of Clarkson posted the league's other weekend sweep, downing Harvard 4-1 and using two third-period goals to nip Brown 3-2. Since being swept on the opening weekend of ECAC play, the Knights are 4-0-1 in the league. Down the road in Canton, the St. Lawrence Saints were swept at home. Friday night they dropped a 2-1 decision to Brown despite outshooting the Bears 50-17, and Saturday they surrendered three goals in the last ten minutes to fall 3-1 to Harvard.
In the weekend's other game, Yale held onto their share of first place with a 3-2 Saturday night victory over travel partner Princeton.
ECAC Ivy W-L-T PF-PA Pct W-L-T PF-PA Pct 1 Yale 6-1-0 12-2 .857 3-1-0 6-2 .750 2 Colgate 6-2-0 12-4 .750 5 Clarkson 4-2-1 9-5 .643 4 Cornell 4-3-1 9-7 .563 4-1-0 8-2 .800 5 Harvard 3-3-1 7-7 .500 1-2-1 3-5 .375 RPI 3-3-0 6-6 .500 7 Princeton 2-3-2 6-8 .429 1-2-1 3-5 .375 8 Union 2-3-1 5-7 .417 9 St. Lawrence 2-4-1 5-9 .357 10 Dartmouth 1-3-1 3-7 .300 0-1-0 0-2 .000 11 Brown 2-5-0 4-10 .286 1-3-0 2-6 .250 12 Vermont 0-3-2 2-8 .200