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Fourth-year skaters Patrick McNally (left) and Colin Blackwell (right) each scored in the championship game of the ECAC tournament on Saturday.
Junior co-captain Kyle Criscuolo, along with fourth-years Colin Blackwell and Patrick McNally, who returned from injuries suffered earlier in the season, helped lead Harvard to its first ECAC title since 2006.
The Crimson took home the Whitelaw Cup for the first time since 2006.
Harvard (21-12-3, 11-8-3 ECAC) enters the tournament hot, having gone 6-1 in the ECAC Tournament that spanned the last three weekends. Junior Jimmy Vesey set a tournament record with nine goals in the team’s seven games en route to being named the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player. The Crimson outscored its opponents 25-15 in its run for the team’s first conference championship since 2006.
With a win over Colgate on Saturday, the Crimson can clinch an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. But even with a loss, Harvard could still find itself playing hockey next weekend. The Back Page breaks down all the possible scenarios for the Crimson to advance.
The Harvard men's ice hockey team beat Colgate, 4-2, to win the ECAC title. The Crimson also earned an automatic NCAA tournament bid with the win.
The Harvard men's ice hockey team celebrates with the Whitelaw Cup after defeating Colgate, 4-2, in the 2015 ECAC tournament final in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Fourth-year forward Colin Blackwell scored an empty-net goal with 55 seconds left to help Harvard clinch its first ECAC title since 2006.
Fourth-year defenseman Patrick McNally scored the eventual game winning goal on the power play in the third period.
Junior forward Jimmy Vesey scores the first goal of the game in the first period, tying the ECAC tournament goal scoring record in the process.
The last time the sixth seed in the ECAC men’s hockey tournament was crowned a champion, Harvard was the one lifting the Whitelaw Cup. Eleven years later, the Crimson did it again.
Harvard's first line (junior co-captain Kyle Criscuolo, junior Jimmy Vesey, and sophomore Alex Kerfoot) celebrates with the Whitelaw Cup.
The No. 17/15 Harvard men's hockey team is playing No. 7/7 Quinnipiac for a berth in the ECAC tournament finals at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y.