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Quinnipiac vs. Brown to have major impact on Saints playoff picture


Quinnipiac and Brown, the two directly ahead of St. Lawrence in the conference standings, play tonight and that result will have a major impact on the Saints hopes of a home playoff game.

The ideal situation is a St. Lawrence and Brown win, which would give SLU and Brown 15 points each, while Quinnipiac would remain with 16 in eighth place. The Saints would then still have potential for a home playoff game.

Here's what it would mean for the Saints in the other situations:
Quinnipiac beats Brown and Saints lose to Union: The Saints could finish no higher than tied for eighth, pending Clarkson's season outcome, and would not hold a tiebreaker. They would ultimately have to travel for a first-round playoff game.
Quinnipiac and St. Lawrence win: The Saints would hop Brown, but remain three back of Quinnipiac with two games to play. They'd need to win out and Quinnipiac to lose its final two games to overtake eighth place.
St. Lawrence and Quinnipiac lose: Brown would hop the Saints, which would fall into 10th place, still three points back of Quinnipiac and two points behind Brown.

St. Lawrence needs to win tonight, ultimately, and would need help from Brown to still have a shot at the home playoff.

Stat of the night: 40 percent of St. Lawrence's wins have come against nationally ranked teams. (Cornell, UNH, Yale, RPI).

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