St. Lawrence University's men's hockey team will play a familiar opponent when the 2014 ECAC Hockey Quarterfinal round gets underway on Friday.
The Saints will play a best of three series at Colgate starting Friday with the winner advancing to the semifinal round at Lake Placid the following weekend. The Saints and Raiders will meet in the tournament for the second straight year and the sixth time in the last 11 years.
Tickets are $12 for a reserved seat and $10 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased three ways. Fans can log on to bleedcolgatemaroon.com, call the Colgate Ticket Office at 315-228-7600 or stop by the ticket office in Reid Athletic Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Saints ended Colgate's season at Appleton Arena last season, sweeping a best-of-three first round series 4-2 and 4-1. The Saints also played Colgate in the 2010 quarterfinals sweeping the series at Colgate 2-1 and 4-3. Colgate won a first round series 2-1 in 2008 at Colgate while the Saints swept a quarterfinal series at Appleton in 2007. Colgate won a quarterfinal series 2-1 in 2004, coming back from a 2-1 first game loss to advance with 1-0 and 2-1 wins. The two teams had never met in the post-season prior to a 1994 first-round game, won by Colgate 4-3 in Hamilton, but have played 15 times since with 12 of the 16 post season games at Colgate. The Raiders have won seven of the 12 home post-season games and nine of the 12 played at Starr Rink have been decided by a single goal. The Saints are 4-0 post-season against Colgate at Appleton and hold a 9-7-0 post-season edge in the series.
Colgate swept the season series between the two teams, winning 5-3 with an empty net goal at Appleton and pulling away from a 3-2 first period lead to win 7-3 at Starr Rink.
The Saints swept Brown in the opening round of the playoffs winning 3-2 in overtime on Friday and 3-2 in regulation on Saturday. Rookies provided all three goals in the Saturday win, two of them from defensemen. Eric Sweetman, who scored the game winner in the second overtime on Friday, scored his second of the post-season to start the scoring on Saturday, and Gavin Bayreuther took over the scoring lead among defensemen nationally with his ninth goal of the season and 35th point. Classmate Woody Hudson scored the game winner, his first collegiate game-winning goal.
Senior goaltender Matt Weninger won his sixth and seventh post-season games with the series sweep against Brown.