MANCHESTER, N.H. - Saint Anselm College will host the 2012 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Open Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, Feb. 26, the ECAC announced late Monday evening. The four-team tournament features ECAC Women's East programs that are not eligible for the ECAC Tournament or the NCAA Division III playoffs. Each of the four teams will play on Saturday and Sunday, with the first day of action at the Thomas F. Sullivan Arena acting as a qualifying date for Sunday's consolation and championship contests.
The four non-Division III teams participating include the Hawks of Saint Anselm College, the Purple Knights of Saint Michael's College, the Crusaders of the College of the Holy Cross and the Pioneers of Sacred Heart University. The seedings and game times are as follows:
Saturday, February 25, 2012
No. 1 College of the Holy Cross vs. No. 4 Saint Michael's College - 1:00 p.m.
No. 2 Saint Anselm College vs. No. 3 Sacred Heart University - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Consolation Game - 1:00 p.m.
Championship Game - 4:00 p.m.
Thomas F. Sullivan Arena | Manchester, N.H.
The Hawks have advanced to the championship game six different times in the program's seven year history and have three ECAC Open Tournament titles to their credit. Last season, the Crusaders of the College of Holy Cross captured the victory in the title game, edging Saint Anselm by a 2-0 margin in the shootout after skating to a 4-4 draw. Holy Cross has won the last three ECAC Open Tournaments dating back to the 2008-09 season.
Entering the ECAC Open Tournament this weekend, Saint Anselm is on a seven-game unbeaten streak, posting a 6-0-1 record during that span. The Hawks boast a 7-1-1 record on home ice this season, losing in regulation to nationally-ranked Norwich University and posting a 1-1 tie on Saturday against New England College. Saint Anselm has out-scored the opposition by a 45-to-11 margin at Sullivan Arena, allowing only three goals on home ice in 2012 alongside six home shutouts since Jan. 7.
All four games will be broadcast via the Pack Network and SaintAnselmHawks.tv. Single-event subscriptions are available on a game-by-game basis for $5.95. Live Statistics will also be available through the Saint Anselm College Live Stats portal, located at http://livestats.prestosports.com/saintanselm/. Post-game video highlights of all four contests will also be available on the Saint Anselm College athletic department's Youtube page (http://www.youtube.com/SaintAnselmAthletics).
Admission to each day's calendar of games is set at $5.00 for adults with youth and senior tickets set at a discounted price of $3.00. Students will gain entry to each game for $1.00 with proper identification.
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