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ECAC Friday Night Recap: Quinnipiac Remains Perfect

There were some great games in the ECAC on Friday night, but the most anticipated game of the weekend is Saturday in Hamden, Conn. as Quinnipiac hosts Yale in a rematch of the 2013 NCAA Championship game.

Quinnipiac is the only team perfect in ECAC play.
Quinnipiac is the only team perfect in ECAC play.
Justin K. Aller

Three teams remain unbeaten in ECAC action, but only one is perfect. The defending ECAC regular season champion Quinnipiac Bobcats are 3-0-0 after Friday's 3-0 win over Brown. It was a dominating performance for Rand Pecknold's club. QU outshot Brown 48-20, including 35-6 over the first two periods. Cory Hibbeler scored his first of the season, and Connor Clifton and Kellen Jones added goals as Michael Garteig recorded his second shutout of the season.

Yale, the defending NCAA Champions, easily dispatched Princeton, 5-2. Keith Allain's team raced out to a 4-0 lead on the strength of the first of two goals from Tommy Fallen and a goal each from Carson Cooper, Mike Doherty and Stu Wilson. Freshman Patrick Spano made 23 saves for his third win in as many starts.

Yale and Quinnipiac will meet Saturday at 7 p.m. in a rematch of the 2013 NCAA Championship game. The two schools, separated by just eight miles, will battle it out at the High Point Solutions Arena on the campus of Quinnipiac. Brown will travel to Hobey Baker Rink to play Princeton on Saturday.

On the back of another multi-point game from superstar Greg Carey, St. Lawrence handed Harvard its second consecutive loss. The Hamilton, Ontario native potted a goal and added an assist on Chris Martin's goal as the Saints jumped out to a 2-0 lead. After Harvard sophomore Jimmy Vesey scored to cut the lead in half, Alex Hagan would give the Saints some insurance. Senior Matt Weninger made 18 saves on 19 shots faced in the victory for Greg Carvel's team.

Clarkson continued its hot start with a 3-2 victory over struggling Dartmouth at Thompson Arena in Hanover. The Golden Knights received goals from Will Frederick, Matt Zarbo and Ben Sexton and Greg Lewis made 26 saves. Casey Jones' team now stands at 8-2-1 overall and 2-1-0 in ECAC play. The Big Green remain winless with a record of 0-5.

Clarkson will head south to face Harvard on Saturday while St. Lawrence looks to keep Dartmouth winless when the two foes take the ice in Hanover.

Colgate overcame a 2-0 deficit to down Union, 5-3, on Friday night at Messa Rink in Schenectady. Union's all-time leader in goal scoring, Daniel Carr, found the back of the net twice, but it wasn't enough for the home team as the Raiders scored three third period goals. Darcy Murphy had two goals and an assist and Mike Borkowski had a goal and two assists to pace Colgate's first line. The brotherly combination of Tyson and Tylor Spink got into the action as well. Tylor had two goals and Tyson had three helpers.

Once again RPI had trouble finishing a game. The Engineers led Cornell, 3-1, in the third period, but two empty-net attempt goals by Cornell in the last 1:35 of regulation forced overtime, and eventually a 3-3 tie. Joakim Ryan had two goals and a helper for Mike Schaefer's Big Red. RPI junior Ryan Haggerty tallied his nation-leading 11 goal of the season on the power play in the second frame. Mike Zalewski had two helpers for the Engineers. It was the second time in as many home games that RPI couldn't hold a two or more goal lead and had to settle for a draw.

Jeff Cox covers college and junior hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.