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March is hockey month in Lake Placid

Hockey month in Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — March is hockey month in Lake Placid as conference and national champions will be crowned and Olympic legends return to the same arena where Americans were asked if they believe in miracles.

Hockey Lake Placid

Who will do the celebrating this weekend when the NCAA Div. III championships are contested in Lake Placid?

The excitement began March 16-17, when the ECAC Hockey Men’s Championship tournament saw Princeton catch fire in the late season, upsetting Cornell and Clarkson in Lake Placid on their way to the Whitelaw Cup and the automatic NCAA bid.

Hockey month in Lake Placid continues this week, March 23-24, when the NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship returns to the Olympic Center for a record seventh time. The semifinal games, on March 23, begin at 3 and 6:30 PM with Salve Regina meeting Wisconsin-Stevens Point, followed by St. Norbert and Colby College.

The championship contest, the following night, gets underway at 7 PM.

Ticket and event information can be found by visiting http://www.whiteface.com/activities-events/events.

The dish on the Frozen Four:

Wisconsin-Steven Point (21-5-3), five-time national champions, advanced into the final round of four when they topped Adrian College, 5-2, on March 17.

The Salve Regina Seahawks punched their ticket to Lake Placid after skating past Nichols College, 4-3.  

St. Norbert (25-4-1) is looking forward to their record 12th Frozen Four appearance. The Green Knights, who have played in four Frozen Fours in Lake Placid, topped Augsburg, 5-2, in their national quarterfinals, Saturday, and ran their active winning streak to 10 consecutive games.

Meanwhile, Colby’s Justin Grillo scored with just 1.6-seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Mules past SUNY Geneseo, 2-1, in their NCAA quarterfinal match-up, Saturday.  Colby comes to Lake Placid riding a nine game unbeaten string, at 7-0-2.

The hockey madness wraps up when 56 “campers” join several players from the famed 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medal winning hockey team during the fourth annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp. The March 25-28 camp brings together hockey enthusiasts and America’s most beloved hockey team, in the same arena where the U.S. squad upset the favored Soviet Union, 4-3, in what is known worldwide as the “Miracle on Ice.”

The camp is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with the greatest sports moment of all time in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that is Lake Placid.

For more information about the fourth annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp, click HERE.

Text courtesy of ORDA / Photo courtesy of ECAC