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2009-2010 Season Recap (SUNY Buffalo B)
Posted: June 29, 2010 8:43AM; Updated: August 12, 2010 12:34PM
The SUNY Buffalo "B" Wings followed suit and won big in 2010 will there be a repeat in spite of losing 7 players to graduation?
By: Ian Prescott; Northeastern University
 
The Buffalo B Wings

The Buffalo Wings followed suit with the D1 squad this year playing a similar style that would put them at the pinnacle of the ECRHA's B Division. With a 10 men squad led by a dynamic offensive duo of Bryan Felier and Jeff Elias, the Wings found themselves generally cruising past teams in the division with the exception of both West Chester University and Penn State University who seemed to have the Wings' number all year. With WCU and PSU in the regular season out scoring the SUNY squad 23-8 in all regular season match ups; however none of this would deter the Wings from their climb to the top beating both teams in stunning fashion winning the ECRHA's regional championship and earning a trip to the national tournament.  
 
The Good  
 
No matter how you cut it a structure is only as good as it’s foundation; and a franchise in the ECRHA is no different. The State University of New York at Buffalo is privy to one of the best B teams in the nation and in 2009-2010 that was shown as the SUNY Buffalo Wings won the ECRHA on the back of team President Bryan Feiler who for the second year in a row produced 40 plus points in 16 regular season games and 22 points this year in the playoffs. Feiler holds his club to a gold standard in terms of recruitment and professionalism and while he is at the helm of the Wings they won’t stray far from the tops of the standings nationwide.
 
The Bad   It’s often hard to point the finger directly at any one player or person while a team enjoys such success but one can call into question the discipline of forward Nick Narchus who produced 18 goals overall in all contests this season. Narchus racked up enforcer like minutes as he spent 88 minutes in the sin bin in only 22 contests. The B Wings need to make sure to keep its players from straying too wild if indeed they want to be able to keep themselves in the upper echelon of NCRHA franchises.
 
The Ugly  
 
With the big squad loosing quite a few players next season the B team may find itself a bit depleted in terms of numbers and point producers. Especially with the talent it boasts. Decisions will have to be made in order to ensure the success of Wings in 2011
 
The Outlook
 
Once again look no further than President Bryan Feiler for a quote on next year’s outlook "We are losing 7 players to graduation this year, including 5 from the D1 team. To replace them we have people emailing us from Long Island, Hudson Valley, and even as far as California and Alberta, Canada. Also, we should have a couple players coming in from the Rochester area that have played college hockey in the NJCAA. We have two freshman goalies coming in that have played tournament hockey, which either could play on either team."  

Next Team: University of Connecticut
 
The views and opinions of Ian Prescott's season recaps are expressly his own and do not reflect the views or opinons of the ECRHA, Northeastern University or any other of the NCRHA member organizations. Furthermore each season recap is completely objectional from the writer's standpoint. 

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