1997–98 NCAA Division III men's ice hockey season

The 1997–98 NCAA Division III men's ice hockey season began in October 1997 and concluded on March 21 of the following year. This was the 25th season of Division III college ice hockey.

Quinnipiac and Fairfield began the season as members of ECAC North/South/Central, however, because the teams were preparing to be founding members of the MAAC's ice hockey conference the following year they had begun to offer athletic scholarships. Conference rules strictly forbade any athletic scholarships and both schools (in December and February respectively) were ruled ineligible to play in the conference postseason.[1] Additionally, all games played by Fairfield and Quinnipiac would not be counted in the conference standings. Sacred Heart was also excluded from ECAC tournament play for similar reasons. Though the three teams were officially members of ECAC North/South/Central, they are sometimes considered as independents for this season as a result of not playing any conference games.

Regular season

Season tournaments

Tournament Dates Teams Champion
Blue Devil Invitational October 24–25 4 Mercyhurst
Pepsi Invitational October 31–November 1 4 Potsdam State
RIT Tournament October 31–November 1 4 RIT
Pane Webber Face Off Classic November 7–8 4 Fitchburg State
Holy Cross Tournament November 28–29 4
Ben McCabe Tournament November 29–30 4
Syracuse Invitational December 27–28 4 Minnesota–Duluth
Codfish Bowl December 29–30 4 Massachusetts–Boston
Cardinal Classic January 2–3 4 Plattsburgh State
Colby Tournament January 3–4 4 RIT
Middlebury Tournament January 3–4 4 Middlebury
Hamot Hockey Classic January 9–10 4 Mercyhurst

Standings

1997–98 ECAC East standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Middlebury † 19 16 1 2 34 108 23 28 24 2 2 152 42
Williams 19 16 2 1 33 75 36 24 18 5 1
Holy Cross 19 13 4 2 28 69 41 26 16 8 2 97 58
Connecticut College 19 11 5 3 25 81 63 27 14 10 3 107 92
Hamilton * 19 11 5 3 25 83 55 27 16 8 3
Bowdoin 19 11 6 2 24 73 57 25 13 10 2
Salem State 19 11 6 2 24 65 59 27 15 10 2
Colby 19 10 6 3 23 61 51 24 13 8 3
Connecticut 19 10 8 1 21 66 57 27 13 13 1 86 96
Babson 19 9 8 2 20 56 54 25 14 9 2 81 69
Norwich 19 9 8 2 20 85 58 27 13 12 2
Trinity 19 9 8 2 20 71 72 24 11 11 2
Amherst 19 8 10 1 17 69 65 23 10 12 1
Saint Anselm 19 8 11 0 16 74 81 24 11 13 0 91 97
Southern Maine 19 5 13 1 11 58 111 24 6 17 1 78 141
Massachusetts–Boston 19 5 14 0 10 61 81 24 7 17 0 83 99
Wesleyan 19 4 13 2 10 50 92 23 6 15 2 69 111
New England College 19 3 13 3 9 59 101 24 6 15 3
American International 19 3 15 1 7 51 90 24 5 18 1
MCLA 19 1 17 1 3 61 119 25 4 20 1
Championship: March 7, 1998
indicates division regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
1997–98 ECAC North/South/Central standings
Division Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Central Division
Saint Michael's ~ 14 12 2 0 24 98 48 27 20 7 0 171 91
Massachusetts–Dartmouth * 14 11 3 0 22 27 22 5 0
Bentley 14 10 4 0 20 106 51 26 16 10 0 158 107
New Hampshire College 14 9 5 0 18 76 68 24 14 9 1 111 103
Assumption 14 7 7 0 14 24 11 13 0
Tufts 14 5 9 0 10 23 9 13 1
Stonehill 14 1 12 1 3 21 1 19 1
Suffolk 14 0 13 1 1
North Division
Fitchburg State ~† 16 14 1 1 29 27 21 5 1
Johnson & Wales 16 12 4 0 24 85 58 19 12 7 0 91 76
Worcester State 16 11 5 0 22 25 13 12 0
Plymouth State 16 9 6 1 19 74 61 26 11 14 1 104 126
Framingham State 16 9 7 0 18 24 12 12 0
Curry 16 7 9 0 14 25 11 13 1
Nichols 16 7 9 0 14 83 76 20 7 12 1 90 105
Roger Williams 16 2 14 0 4
Salve Regina 16 0 16 0 0 17 0 17 0
South Division
Wentworth ~ 8 7 1 0 14 26 11 27 17 10 0 102 86
Skidmore 8 5 2 1 11 23 8 12 3
Iona 8 4 3 1 9 25 4 20 1
Villanova 8 2 6 0 4
Western New England 8 1 7 0 2 17 7 10 0
Fairfield ^ 0 - - - - - - 24 12 12 0
Quinnipiac ^ 0 - - - - - - 23 19 3 1 166 52
Sacred Heart ^ 0 - - - - - - 25 13 12 0 95 135
Championship: March 11, 1998
~ indicates division regular season champions
indicates conference regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
^ Fairfield and Quinnipiac were ruled ineligible for postseason play and their divisional games were not counted in conference standings as a result of both schools offering athletic scholarships. Sacred Heart was excluded for similar reasons.
1997–98 ECAC West standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Niagara †* 10 8 1 1 17 50 24 27 14 10 3 106 80
RIT 10 7 1 2 16 64 23 29 20 4 5 163 82
Mercyhurst 10 4 5 1 9 35 36 27 17 9 1 123 79
Canisius 10 4 5 1 9 34 48 26 11 11 4 117 115
Elmira 10 4 6 0 8 29 37 25 14 11 0 105 93
Hobart 10 0 9 1 1 18 62 24 9 14 1 80 116
Championship: March 7, 1998
indicates division regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champions
1997–98 NCAA Division III Independent ice hockey standings
Overall record
GP W L T GF GA
Scranton 24 16 8 0
1997–98 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference ice hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pts GF GA GP W L T GF GA
St. Thomas † 16 12 3 1 25 94 41 29 20 7 2
Augsburg †* 16 12 3 1 25 95 51 33 21 8 4 157 115
Saint John's 16 12 4 0 24 95 48 27 17 10 0
Gustavus Adolphus 16 11 4 1 23 86 45 27 13 12 2 123 106
Saint Mary's 16 9 7 0 18 74 48 25 14 11 0 112 80
Concordia (MN) 16 7 8 1 15 58 61 25 10 14 1 87 105
St. Olaf 16 4 12 0 8 54 70 25 5 18 2
Bethel 16 3 13 0 6 45 83 25 8 17 0
Hamline 16 0 16 0 0 23 165 25 1 24 0
Championship: March 7, 1998
indicates division regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
1997–98 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pts GF GA GP W L T GF GA
St. Norbert †* 20 17 3 0 34 114 45 33 27 6 0 187 63
Wisconsin–River Falls 20 14 5 1 29 79 50 31 22 8 1 124 77
Bemidji State 20 14 6 0 28 107 64 34 22 10 2 168 110
Wisconsin–Stevens Point 20 14 6 0 28 70 52 34 23 11 0 114 82
Wisconsin–Superior 20 14 6 0 28 91 49 29 18 10 1 125 80
Wisconsin–Eau Claire 20 6 14 0 12 81 105 26 10 16 0 113 122
Lake Forest 20 5 13 2 12 56 94 27 7 18 2 83 124
Wisconsin–Stout 20 3 16 1 7 68 110 27 7 19 1 98 141
St. Scholastica 20 1 19 0 2 34 132 27 3 23 1 62 173
Championship: March 7, 1998
indicates division regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champion
Bemidji State was ineligible for Division III tournaments
1997–98 State University of New York Athletic Conference ice hockey standings
Conference Overall
GP W L T Pct. GF GA GP W L T GF GA
Oswego State † 14 11 2 1 23 74 33 31 16 13 2 138 117
Geneseo State 14 9 3 2 20 53 44 27 17 7 3
Plattsburgh State * 14 9 4 1 19 79 42 35 26 8 1 193 99
Potsdam State 14 8 4 2 18 74 47 28 15 10 3
Brockport State 14 7 6 1 14 53 60 28 11 14 3 116 133
Fredonia State 14 5 9 0 10 46 55 28 10 15 3
Buffalo State 14 2 9 3 7 35 72 24 3 18 3
Cortland State 14 0 14 0 0 24 85 23 3 20 0
Championship: March 7, 1998
indicates division regular season champion
* indicates conference tournament champions

Note: Mini-game are not included in final standings

1998 NCAA Tournament[2]

Tournament Bracket

  Quarterfinals
March 14–15
Semifinals
March 21
National Championship
March 22
                                 
Middlebury 5 6 -  
Oswego State 1 3 -  
  Middlebury 5  
  Augsburg 2  
Augsburg 3 4 -
Wisconsin–River Falls 2 3 -  
  Middlebury 2
  Wisconsin–Stevens Point 1
Plattsburgh State 6 2 2  
RIT 3 3 0  
  Plattsburgh State 2 Third Place Game
  Wisconsin–Stevens Point 8  
St. Norbert 3 1 0 Augsburg 5
Wisconsin–Stevens Point 1 2 2   Plattsburgh State 9

Note: * denotes overtime period(s)

See Also

  • 1997–98 NCAA Division I men's ice hockey season
  • 1997–98 NCAA Division II men's ice hockey season

References

  1. ^ "Fairfield Ruled Ineligible for Postseason Play in ECAC". USCHO.com. 1998-02-13. Retrieved 2013-06-13.
  2. ^ "Division III Men's Ice Hockey Record Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved September 19, 2019.

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