Farmingdale and Neumann Set to Face off in D3 Winner's FinalECRHA March 3rd, 2017 at 8:16PM March 4th, 2017 2:16AM
Division 3 continued their action Friday at 3pm as the Winner’s Bracket Semi-final matchups were played. This was a time in which we would begin to see if powerhouse Farmingdale would be upset early, or they would continue to the winner’s final.
First of all, Neumann was set to face Rowan. With only 22 miles separating the two schools, these two are no strangers to one another, and it was known throughout the arena we were in for a good matchup between the two schools, and they did not disappoint. Both teams came out firing with fast paced action, and physical play. It seemed as though every minute, one team was breathing a sigh of relief, while the other was head-in-hands watching a player skate his way to the penalty box. It was Neumann’s Julian Andujar who kicked off the scoring on the power play less than four minutes into the game, putting the Knights up 1-0. However, the lead would not last long as Mike Wallach would answer back for Rowan, followed by an unassisted tally less than a minute later by Corey Schnee to give the Prof’s the lead, 2-1. The second period was Andujar record yet another power play goal to tie the game at 2. Play remained fast as one team would have a glorious chance, only to see the other skate the other way for a chance of their own. Then at 7:08, Robert Rura of Neumann broke the scoring open again, but to noone’s surprise, Rowan answered 13 seconds later, which led us to see the second period end tied 3-3. By the third period, teams grew more disciplined, play slowed down and became more tactical and methodical, and it was at the 9:05 mark of the third period that Axl Frisina was the hero of the Knights, finding the puck in the slot and burying it giving Neumann the lead they would keep until the final buzzer sounded. Final Score: Neumann 4 Rowan 3.
Simultaneous to that matchup, regular season champion Farmingdale matched up with the 4 seed Cortland. Through the first period, neither team could find the back of the net. Cortland had adopted a box defensive strategy, which allowed Farmingdale perimeter chances, but Farmingdale could not get their scorers inside. It took until the 7:36 mark of the 2nd period for the Rams to get behind Cortland goalie Stefen Rosner as a Cortland player lost their stick, turning the puck over, ending in the goal. Shortly after, Rosner made a spectacular one time save on Don Mallon of Farmingdale, the pucked soared in the air for what seemed like an eternity, only to land on the goalie and roll past the red line. Farmingdale was now up 2-0, and Cortland seemed deflated. The Rams would add two more goals to their total, ending with four, which tied for their least scored of the season, which also was against the same Cortland team. Final Score: Farmingdale 4 Cortland 0.
Division three will see a similar final to their division one counterparts, as Farmingdale will take on Neumann. Farmingdale, being undefeated only scored four goals in their matchup, will Neumann be able to limit the scoring themselves? In the loser’s bracket, Cortland will certainly be looking for rematch against the Rams, and if they play as they did today, it would not be surprising to see them make a run tomorrow.