The NEHC becomes the first New England league in Division 3 to begin its postseason tournament, which it does on Saturday with four quarterfinal games on campus sites.
It will be top-seeded Hobart vs. No. 8 Castleton, second-seeded Norwich vs. No. 7 New England College, third-seeded Babson vs. No. 6 UMass Boston and fourth-seeded Elmira vs. No. 5 Skidmore.
It took preseason favorite Hobart until the last weekend of the regular season to cement first place, which it did by scoring three first-period goals Friday and holding on to beat Norwich, 3-2.
But after being picked for fourth place in the preseason, Norwich has played excellent hockey, almost from the outset. The team is 18-5-2 overall and ranked No. 5 in the current USCHO.com poll.