If the season ended today…

Dartmouth’s hockey team would likely make the NCAA tournament for the first time since Coach Gaudet was in net for the school. By going 3-1 in its last four games, all against ranked opponents, Dartmouth has climbed firmly onto the tournament bubble despite being just 1-game over .500. They are 14th or 15th in the latest Pairwise Rankings, depending on the weight given to quality wins (which, in Dartmouth’s case, would be the 9-8 win over UNH). 14th would be good enough for the last at-large berth barring any upsets in the conference tournaments.

There are 10 games to go in the regular season, and none of them are against the top three teams in the current standings. Winning the ECAC’s is likely out of the question after losing to Cornell and putting the Big Red in the driver’s seat, but a 4th place finish and a 1st round bye in the conference playoffs for the 3rd season in a row should be within reach if the team can finally defeat Harvard for the first time since they handed the Crimson a 7-0 drubbing back in the 00-01 season.