The Quinnipiac hockey team was eliminated from the ECAC tournament Friday night with a 3-2 semifinal loss to Colgate in double-overtime.

A few links ...

The Courant's story.

Ken Sweeten's write-up.

Colgate's take.

The box score.

And, below, the follow up story looking at where Quinnipiac stands and where the Bobcats are headed ...

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – A loss to Colgate Friday night in an ECAC tournament semifinal at Herb Brooks Arena was particularly disappointing to the Quinnipiac hockey team for the way it played out.

 

The Bobcats led 2-0, failed to convert on several opportunities that might have put the game out of reach, were sloppy in allowing Colgate’s first goal, allowed a second with under a minute remaining in regulation and were eliminated 58 seconds into the second overtime.

 

“We certainly stubbed our toe and didn’t finish off as we should,” coach Rand Pecknold said. “We played pretty well but we need to be better. Guys will reload on Monday and we’ll be good next weekend.”

 

The 3-2 loss left Quinnipiac short of its first conference tournament title but did not ruin its chances for another run on the national stage. The Bobcats, a lock as an at-large selection to the 16-team field, will learn their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday at noon.

 

Quinnipiac, as of Saturday afternoon, was No. 6 in the PairWise rankings, the metric used for inclusion and seeding for the NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats (24-9-6) are likely to begin play as a No. 2 seed at the East Regional in Bridgeport. First- and second-round games at Webster Bank Arena are Friday and Saturday.

 

There is a remote possibility that Saturday night’s games will have shaken up the PairWise rankings to the point where Quinnipiac could wind up as a No. 3 seed. In that case, the NCAA might consider moving Quinnipiac to another regional, particularly because of a rule that prevents teams from the same conference from facing each other in the first round.

 

The Midwest Regional is March 28-29 in Cincinnati, the West Regional is March 29-30 in St. Paul, Minn., and the Northeast Regional is March 29-30 in Worcester.