EASTON, Mass. (March 1, 2016) - After consultation with the respective athletic departments, the Northeast-10 Conference has announced that the 2016 Men's Ice Hockey Championship game between top-seeded Stonehill College and No. 2 Saint Anselm College will not be rescheduled.
"After consultation with the respective athletics departments, it has been determined that the 2016 Northeast-10 Men's Ice Hockey Championship final game between No. 1 Stonehill College and No. 2 Saint Anselm College, originally slated for last Saturday, Feb. 27 will not be rescheduled. The game's postponement last weekend became necessary when a health concern arose within the Saint Anselm team.
"With students from both institutions on spring break through March 13th and the requisite on-ice conditioning, academic priorities and the Easter holiday, it became apparent that having four weeks elapse between the semifinals and final was not a solution.
"Current Conference policy addresses situations for all championships that have played at least one round and where unforeseen events necessitate cancellation of any subsequent round. That policy indicates the highest remaining seed will be declared the tournament champion. Stonehill College, by virtue of its regular season title and subsequent victory in the Feb. 20 semifinal, will be declared the 2016 champion"
It marks the Stonehill ice hockey program's second NE-10 Tournament championship in program history after claiming the 2007 title with a 2-1 series victory over Saint Anselm by winning a "mini-game" (2-1) after posting a 5-3 victory in game two of the series. The Skyhawks finished their 2015-16 season with a 13-9-4 record overall, including 7-1-2 in the Northeast-10 to claim their third straight regular season crown, having posted a 26-1-4 mark in NE-10 regular season play in that span.