Men’s Hockey Picked Third in ECAC Preseason Polls; Kerfoot Tabbed to Preseason All-Conference Teams

Men’s Hockey Picked Third in ECAC Preseason Polls; Kerfoot Tabbed to Preseason All-Conference Teams

ALBANY, N.Y. – ECAC Hockey announced its annual coaches' and media preseason polls Monday at its Media Day in Albany and the Harvard men's hockey team was slotted third by both groups. Senior forward Alexander Kerfoot was tabbed a preseason all-conference selection by both groups as well.

The top three in each poll were identical, as defending ECAC champion Quinnipiac claimed the top spot and St. Lawrence took second. In the coaches' poll, Quinnipiac took 110 votes and six first-place nods, edging the Saints 102 points and four first-place votes. Harvard tallied 96 points, finishing ahead of Clarkson's 88 and Yale's 84 to round out the top five. On the media side, Quinnipiac counted 288 points and 12 first-place votes, narrowly edging the 280 and eight top votes for St. Lawrence. Harvard registered 257 points and three No. 1 votes, while Yale came in fourth with 222 and Cornell with 216.

The ECAC Hockey Media and Coaches all-conference preseason teams were identical. Joining Kerfoot were forwards Tim Clifton (Quinnipiac), Mike Vecchione (Union), defensemen Gavin Bayreuther (St. Lawrence), Connor Clifton (Quinnipiac) and goaltender Kyle Hayton (St. Lawrence).

Kerfoot led the ECAC in assists last season, dishing out 30 helpers. His 34 points total was second-most on the team and seventh-best in the conference. It marked the second-straight season Kerfoot accumulated at least 30 points. He enters his senior year with 78 points and a +27 rating.

Harvard will start the regular season October 28 at Arizona State. It will play its first of 13 home games at the Bright-Landry Hockey Center on November 4 against Colgate. 

ECAC Hockey Coaches' Poll
1. Quinnipiac (6) - 110
2. St. Lawrence (4) - 102
3. Harvard - 96
4. Clarkson - 88
5. Yale (1) - 84
6. Cornell (1) - 75
7. Union - 71
8. Rensselaer - 51
9. Dartmouth - 41
10. Brown - 31
11. Colgate - 22
12. Princeton – 21 

ECAC Hockey Media Poll
1. Quinnipiac (12) - 288
2. St. Lawrence (8) - 280
3. Harvard (3) - 257
4. Yale - 222
5. Cornell (1) - 216
6. Clarkson (3) - 214
7. Rensselaer - 166
8. Union - 160
9. Dartmouth - 110
10. Colgate - 85
11. Brown - 62
12. Princeton – 59