Tim Costello confirms in a long piece for USCHO that this is indeed the last year for the NESCAC-ECAC East interlocking schedule. Of note is that this article also confirms that existing travel partners will be maintained and that each NESCAC team will play a home-and-home schedule. Apparently, there is to be a period of evaluation so the NESCAC could make other changes in the future.
The home-and-home schedule should provide an opportunity for the development of more intense rivalries within the league as each NESCAC team will face each other twice a year during the regular season, with chances for revenge matches and for fans to become more familiar with opposing teams. There has been much wringing of hands and a little bit of bitterness on the part of some ECAC East fans (charges of elitism and snobbery, etc.) over this change but this development was inevitable given the inherent instability of the ECAC East (as a playing conference, it exists only for ice hockey) with its fluctuating membership.
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