ECRHA Championship Division 1 Winner's Bracket Final Set
The Knights of Neumann will Face off with the Rams of Farmingdale SaturdayECRHA March 3rd, 2017 at 7:32PM March 4th, 2017 1:33AM
Day 1 at the ECRHA Championships continued right where it left off with more back and forth action. High scoring slugfests, and low scoring tactical chess matches. After Day 1, we know in 3 Divisions the winner’s bracket final, as well as the layout for the loser’s bracket. In Division Four, we’ve played two of three pool play games, and look forward to the third, as well as bracket play tomorrow.
It was stated earlier that we had a few candidates for game of the weekend, well add West Chester and Farmingdale in the D1 Winner’s Semi-Finals to the list. The third seed West Chester team gained the edge in the first period, with Derek Hoffman scoring the lone goal. In the second period, things began to heat up. Matthew O’Shaugnessy was called for holding at the 4:42 mark and it looked as if West Chester could capitalize, however it was Chris Russolello who scored shorthanded for Farmingdale to tie the game at one. At 7:54 O’Shaugnessy took a trip to the box again, and this time West Chester took advantage as Hoffman scored his second of the game. Russolello of Farmingdale would match it less than 2 minutes to level the score at 2. Then, with 34 seconds left in the second period. An inspired and emotional O’Shaugnessy fired one past the goaltender to give Farmingdale the lead 3-2 at the end of the second. The third period found Derek Hoffman finishing his hat trick and bringing West Chester even. As the third period continued, emotions wore worn on each player’s sleeves as they picked up the intensity and physicality. It was Luc Corso of Farmingdale who was able to put a staple on the game in what seemed to be a possible closing goal. O’Shaugnessy then added another to go up 5-3. Then, off the faceoff, West Chester took the draw in 21 seconds and brought the hometown crowd to life. We then had 32 seconds of standout play where West Chester was given one more opportunity with an offensive zone faceoff, which was mishandled by the defensemen. Advancing Farmingdale to the Division One Winner’s Bracket Final. Final Score: Farmingdale 5 West Chester 4.
Rhode Island entered their game against Farmingdale hot off an upset of the Minutemen of UMass earlier in the afternoon, and with hopes of riding that momentum into the game against the defending national champions, and reigning regular season champions as well. However, that hope was squashed rather quickly, as Neumann scored five goals in the first period, followed by six more in the second. The Knights did not stop there however, as they outshot Rhode island 52-11, and tallying a total of 16 goals. Ryan Carr of Neumann was named the first star of the game, with 5 goals and 1 assist. Final Score: Neumann 16 Rhode Island 2.
What does that mean for the remainder of division one play? As mentioned, defending national champion Neumann Knights will face off with Farmingdale in the winner’s final, with the winner securing a spot in the Championship Final Saturday Night. The loser will await the conclusion of the loser’s bracket play, which will begin tomorrow morning at 9 am as West Chester meets Umass, and Rhode Island faces Rowan.
Some of the games today will be remembered for a good while in the minds of those involved with the ECRHA, and there are more memories to be made tomorrow. Who do you have winning the Division One ECRHA Championship? Do you see a potential upset? A loser’s bracket run? Only time will tell.