Three of the four teams are ranked in the USCHO Top 20 (Union # 12, Quinnipiac # 13, and Princeton # 19). Of course, the only one of the four that isn't ranked is the one that's leading the league.
Princeton rang up 11 goals in beating Dartmouth and tying Harvard last weekend, though they totaled only 50 SOG in the two games. They were led in scoring by Ryan Kuffner (4G, 2A) and Max Veronneau (1G, 5A), who are both in their fourth and, thankfully, final year of bedeviling ECAC opponents. When those guys get a good scoring opportunity, they are very good at making it count. The Tigers will be playing their home opener when Union comes to town on Friday night.
Quinnipiac, after coming into the weekend 5-0, split with Harvard and Dartmouth, scoring a total of 6 goals. Leading scorers were Brogan Rafferty with 4 assists, Chase Priskie with 2 goals and an assist, and Odeen Tufto with a goal and two assists.
The Bobcats seemingly took a page from Seth Appert's old playbook against Dartmouth, pulling the goalie with about ten minutes to play while trailing by three goals. It didn't work for them, as Dartmouth put one into the empty net 24 seconds later, but I suppose Rand Pecknold's coaching bona fides are good enough that Q fans will forgive him.