Middlebury will look for its ninth NESCAC Championship when the journey begins this weekend with a quarterfinal game at Wesleyan on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Trinity is the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Championship. The Bantams grabbed the top seed with two victories over Wesleyan on the final weekend of the regular season. The NESCAC Quarterfinals will be played on Saturday, February 23 on the campus of the higher seeds. The semifinals and final will be held on the campus of the highest remaining seed and are set for March 1-2 or March 2-3, depending on whether the host institution is also hosting any NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship games.
Wesleyan's No. 2 seed is the highest in program history as the Cardinals will host a quarterfinal game for the second time overall and the first time since 2007. Wesleyan (15-7-2, 13-3-2 NESCAC) will face No. 7 Middlebury (8-12-4, 5-9-4 NESCAC). The Cardinals, who put together a 15-game win streak this season, are making their third straight tournament appearance and have advanced to the semifinals the last two seasons. Middlebury is in the NESCAC Championship field for the first time since 2016 and is the seventh seed for the first time since 2015. The Panthers won the last of their eight NESCAC titles in 2010. Middlebury is 2-0 against Wesleyan in the NESCAC postseason, with the teams most recently meeting in the 2012 quarterfinals. The Cardinals swept the Panthers by scores of 5-1 on January 4 and 2-0 on February 1.
Trinity (16-3-5, 12-2-4 NESCAC), last year's NESCAC Runner-Up, is the No. 1 seed for the second year in a row and the fifth time in program history. Trinity and Wesleyan both had a .778 winning percentage. In head-to-head competition, Trinity went 2-0-0 against Wesleyan to earn the top seed. The Bantams, who have won four titles, including back-to-back championships in 2016 and 2017, will host a quarterfinal game for the seventh consecutive year when they meet No. 8 Tufts (6-15-3, 3-12-3 NESCAC) in a rematch of a quarterfinal game from last year. The Jumbos are the No. 8 seed for the second consecutive year, and are making their fifth straight appearance in the NESCAC Championship. Tufts sealed its spot as the eighth seed with a win over Bowdoin and a tie with Colby on the final weekend of the regular season. Trinity is 4-1 against Tufts in the NESCAC Championship, including last year's quarterfinal victory. The Bantams earned a 3-0 victory over the Jumbos in the season opener on November 16 before the teams skated to a 1-1 tie on January 18.
Amherst (13-6-4, 10-4-4 NESCAC) is the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 Colby (10-9-5, 7-7-4 NESCAC) in a rematch of last year's quarterfinal. The Mammoths have been in every NESCAC Championship field and are the No. 3 seed for the second year in a row. A three-time NESCAC Champion, the Mammoths last won the title in 2015 and enter the NESCAC Championship riding a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2). Colby won its first NESCAC title last year as the No. 6 seed and is in the NESCAC tournament for the fourth straight season. The Mules went 3-1-2 to close the regular season, and were 0-1-1 against the Mammoths. Amherst posted a 6-3 victory on January 5 and the teams played to a 2-2 tie on February 2. Colby is 2-0 against Amherst in the postseason, including last season's quarterfinal win.
Hamilton (12-9-3, 10-5-3 NESCAC) is making its fifth straight appearance and is the No. 4 seed for the second year in a row. The Continentals will host a quarterfinal game for the fourth straight season when they face No. 5 Williams (14-8-2, 10-6-2 NESCAC). Hamilton enters the tournament unbeaten in its last five games (4-0-1). The Ephs are the No. 5 seed for the first time since 2012 and have appeared in every NESCAC Championship. Williams has advanced to the semifinals the last two years, but is seeking its first NESCAC title. Hamilton is 2-0 against Williams in the NESCAC Championship with the last meeting in the 2010 quarterfinals. This season, Williams defeated the Continentals 3-0 on December 8 before dropping a 4-2 decision in the regular season finale on February 16.
Results for the NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Championship will be available at the completion of each day at NESCAC.com.
2019 NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 23 (at higher seeds)
No. 8 Tufts at No. 1 Trinity - 1:00 p.m.
No. 7 Middlebury at No. 2 Wesleyan - 3:00 p.m.
No. 6 Colby at No. 3 Amherst - 3:00 p.m.
No. 5 Williams at No. 4 Hamilton - 1:00 p.m.
Semifinals - Friday or Saturday, March 1-2 (at highest remaining seed)
Lowest Remaining Seed vs. Highest Remaining Seed – TBD
Remaining Quarterfinal winners - TBD
Saturday or Sunday, March 2-3 (at semifinal host)
Championship - TBD
-- Courtesy of the NESCAC --