CENTERVILLE, Mass. — The ECAC announced the seedings for the 2014 ECAC women’s West hockey tournament Monday.
For the second consecutive season, No. 1 Plattsburgh State is the tournament’s top seed and will serve as the host institution for the semifinals and final.
After the Cardinals and No. 2 Elmira College posted identical 15-1 conference records, Plattsburgh was awarded the No. 1 seed in the tournament by virtue of a coin toss. Both teams were deadlocked through the conference’s four primary tie-breaking criteria, leading to a coin toss to decide the No. 1 and No. 2 seed.
The Cardinals and Soaring Eagles shared the ECAC West regular-season title after they split their season series and posted victories in each of their remaining league contests. The 2014 ECAC women’s west hockey tournament begins March 1 and concludes March 9. The semifinals and finals will take place March 8 and March 9 at Plattsburgh’s Stafford Ice Arena.
Plattsburgh finished its regular-season schedule with an overall record of 23-1-1 and will receive an opening-round bye before facing the lowest remaining seed March 8. The Cardinals enter the tournament leading the country in scoring offense (5.00 goals per game) and scoring defense, allowing just 12 goals in 25 games.
Junior forward Shannon Stewart (Pickering, Ont.) and sophomore forward Bridget Bailsy (Brampton, Ont.), each recorded 30 points this season and are tied for seventh in the ECAC West in point scoring.
Defensively, senior goaltender Sydney Aveson (West Covina, Calif.) has anchored the Plattsburgh defense, leading the country in goals-against average (0.37), save percentage (.980) and shutouts (13). Aveson has allowed just seven goals through the Cardinals’ first 25 games.
The Soaring Eagles also received a bye into the semifinals as the No. 2 seed, where they will play the highest remaining seed March 8. Elmira enters the tournament ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense (4.00 goals per game) and scoring defense, surrendering 33 goals in 25 games.