SLU drops out of NCAA tourney with COVID case

(AP) — ECAC champion St. Lawrence University has withdrawn from the NCAA men’s hockey tournament after head coach Brent Brekke tested positive for COVID-19.

The conference’s automatic berth will instead be awarded to runner-up Quinnipiac.

The ECAC announced the development a day after St. Lawrence clinched its first tournament bid since 2007 by beating Quinnipiac 3-2 in overtime in the championship game on Saturday.

Brekke described the past 24 hours as a “roller-coaster of emotions,” and says the team is “shaking our heads in disbelief.”

St. Lawrence was the conference’s third-seeded team and upset the ECAC’s regular-season champion.


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