Endicott Upsets Stony Brook in D2 Winner's Semi-FinalECRHA March 3rd, 2017 at 7:56PM March 4th, 2017 1:57AM
Division 2 Championship play continued Friday evening as we saw Yeshiva versus Northeastern, and Stony Brook against Endicott in the winner’s bracket semi-finals. The winner’s of these two matchups guaranteed themselves a top 3 placing, and a spot in the winner’s final tomorrow at 2 pm.
The Maccabees of Yeshiva were hot off of a 9-0 victory this morning against Penn State, while Northeastern was gifted a bye thanks to their 2nd place finish in the regular season standings. However, that bye did not force the Huskies to cool off from their 7 straight victories to end the regular season. Matthew Bentson kicked off the scoring for Northeastern 6 minutes into the first period as it seemed as Yeshiva was controlling the tempo of the gameplay, and doubling the Huskies in shots. It wasn’t three minutes later that Donny Fuchs added his name to the scoresheet for the Maccabees to knot the game at 1. The second period then saw the scale slowly start to shift in favor of Northeastern, as they controlled possession and were able to retake the lead at 6:36 of the second with a goal from William Hunt, assisted by Peter Nielson. As the third period began, the teams continued to trade chances, however 5 minutes into the third, Justin Saccone buried a pass from Alec Newell for the Huskies, and from there, Northeastern remained in control, adding three more goals to their total. Huskies goaltender Brendon Pearlman showed why he has given up the fewest goals in the division and was named the number one star, with 25 saves. Final Score: Northeastern 6 Yeshiva 1
To start the other Winner’s Semi-final matchup, the story was similar to that of Northeastern and Yeshiva. The higher seed, Stony Brook, came out showing they did not need the additional game in the morning, almost doubling Endicott’s shots in the first period by a total of 11-6. However, at the end of one, we remained even at 0-0. At 6:48 of the second, Stony Brook’s Michael Kellmayer rode an Endicott forward hard into the boards and received a minor for cross checking. A minute later, it was Matt Kaski of the Gulls to open the scoring on the power play. However, the lead did not last long, as Stony Brook veteran James Loglisci brought the SeaWolves back 1-1. As the third period started, it seemed as though Endicott had found another gear, as they came out with so much speed it was as if they were gliding around Stony Brook players, with that added boost, Kyle MacEachern found the back of the net courtesy to a pass from Corey Eisenband to take the lead 2-1. As the third progressed, Endicott maintained pressure and possession, and it was at 11:20, with Stony Brook’s goaltender pulled, that leading scorer Corey Eisenband put the nail in the coffin, and punched the Gulls ticket to the D2 Winner’s Final against Northeastern. Final Score: Endicott 3 Stony Brook 3.
Heading into Saturday, there is a lot to look forward to in Division 2. Can Endicott continue their run to an ECRHA Championship? Stony Brook will look to bounce back with avengence in the loser’s bracket and meet Endicott again. An interesting note, with Yeshiva’s loss, they were forced into the loser’s bracket and a matchup with Oswego, one in which they will forfeit in order to recognize Sabbath. Yeshiva’s run for an ECRHA Championship is over, however, they will in turn play the loser of Penn State/Stony Brook in the consolation game, and can add incentive to the National Selection Committee for a bid for nationals.