RIT, Millersville, Syracuse Remain Undefeated in Pool Play in D4ECRHA March 3rd, 2017 at 11:32PM March 4th, 2017 5:33AM
Division four teams got blessed/cursed with the late evening start times on Friday, and played into the wee hours of the night. With D4 continuing the traditional round robin format, the day one recap will consist of analysis of each team’s two games tonight, in order of how the standings finished up at the end of the night. After tonight, each team has one game remaining in pool play, before the top 3 teams in each pool are moved onto bracket play for the ECRHA Championship
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) 2-0-0 (4 pts)
RIT, the regular season champion, started off play and got taken by surprise in their first game against Niagara. Niagara went up 1-0 early, to which RIT would answer back 3 minutes later, but throughout the first period, Niagara would continue to score, and RIT would have to answer back. At the end of one, the game was tied 3-3. Rochester then reversed roles, as they would score first in the second to take the lead, but the carousel of goals would continue, ending 6-5 in favor of RIT. Then, the third began, and RIT’s depth on the bench proved strong, as they bombarded Niagara’s goalie with 38 shots, winning the game 8-6. RIT got off to another slow start against Cornell, conceding 2 goals in the first 5 minutes of play, however the tigers eventually were able to bounce back behind 4 goals and 2 assists from Ryan Hartzell, to take the game 10-4, and clinch a spot in bracket play heading into Saturday’s matchup with Syracuse.
Syracuse 2-0-0 (4 pts)
It took Syracuse just 2:25 to warm up their legs and open the scoring in their first game against Cornell. From there, the Orange began to roll the Big Red. Scoring four unanswered to start the game, and maintaining control throughout. They would finish the game winning 9-2 behind 2 goals and 2 assists from Anthony Bellman. The Orange continued their offensive production when they matched up with Niagara to close the night. Alex Rosenbaum capping the night off with 3 G and 4 A in their 9 - 1 win, Syracuse now sits at 2-0 ahead of a matchup with RIT tomorrow for first place, and a first round bye in bracket play.
Niagara 0-2-0 (0 pts)
Niagara as mentioned above, fell to RIT in their first game of the weekend by a score of 8-6. Although not to be shortchanged, Niagara did what they could to hang with the offensive onslaught from the Tigers. Defenseman Andrew Parrish had 2 goals and 1 assist, with probably close to 30-35 minutes of rink time. Niagara carried their offensive playstyle into their game against Syracuse, but couldn’t seem to keep up with the Orange on the scoresheet. Part of the reason being their 14 PIM. Parrish opened the scoring on the man advantage at 4:00 in the 1st, however, as Syracuse began to score goals of their own, Niagara began to show frustration and ended up in the penalty box because of it. Tomorrow Niagara will face off with Cornell, where the winner will stay alive to bracket play, and the loser will go home. This is a Niagara team that could very easily make it to bracket play and make a statement tomorrow, but in order to do so they will most definitely need to stay disciplined and limit Cornell’s attack.
Cornell 0-2-0 (0 pts)
The Big Red unfortunately were dismantled by a Syracuse team that was looking to open the eyes of the rest of division four. Goaltender Nathalie DeNey made an impressive 22 saves in the game, which, although 9 goals against seems a lot, with a short bench, and facing 31 shots, a save count that high is certainly impressive. Cornell’s game against RIT looked promising from the start as Daniel Pike scored two goals within a 20 second span to take an early lead on the Tigers. However’ RIT’s offensive barrage proved to be too much for the Big Red. DeNay again was standing on her head, facing a total of 40 shots and making 30 saves. There’s a lot of promise with this Cornell team, but they just have matched up with two very strong offensive teams in Syracuse and RIT, and by the looks of things that won’t stop tomorrow against Andrew Parrish and Niagara.
Millersville 2-0-0 (4 pts)
Millersville came into the weekend as the number 2 seed, winning 11 straight games, with their only loss coming to RIT to start the season. So you could say they had one thing on their mind, and that was a D4 ECRHA Championship. They came out to prove that point against St. Joseph’s (NY) to start the night. Although the first period started out slow, as if the teams were feeling each other out, Andrew Quintois opened the scoring for the Marauders at the 7:38 mark. The next two periods seemed to be constant pressure from Millersville, although St. Joseph’s did make it a two goal game with scores from Michael Martinez and Chris Carleo. The Marauders outshot St. Joseph’s 32-20 and took the win 4-2. Millersville continued their fast pace and high scoring mentality as they would bombard Farmingdale later Friday night, winning by a score of 6-1, and outshooting the Rams by a considerable margin.
Lock Haven 1-0-1 (3 pts)
The Bald Eagles of Lock Haven really gave their best efforts in their loss to Farmingdale. With 7 skaters on their bench, Lock Haven was faced with a difficult task from the start. However, the play of Tyler Gilbert and Dan Barnaby were bright spots for the team, both manning the back line, but jumping into the play frequently and orchestrating the Bald Eagle’s offense. The duo of Gilbert and Barnaby flexed their scoring ability yet again against St. Joseph’s in the last game of the night. Combining for 13 points in a 11 - 9 win for Lock Haven. This set’s up a match against Millersville tomorrow for first place in the pool and a first round bye, something that could prove to be vital as teams could potentially play six games in less than 24 hours if they don’t get that first place spot.
Farmingdale 1-1-0 (2 pts)
The Rams were a team not many were talking about in D4 heading into this weekend. Although they were only 2 wins away from being the number 3 seed on the weekend. Although in order to prove themselves they first had to go through Lock Haven, and they didn’t make it look easy. James Ryder and Damien Weber led the Rams to a 2-0 lead 10 minutes into the first period. Only to be answered back by Lock Haven’s dynamic duo of Tyler Gilbert and Dan Barnaby. In the 2nd period, Lock Haven found secondary scoring 22 seconds in from Colin Harvey, but Farmingdale’s Kieran Murray would answer back to tie the game back up at 3. Gilbert and Barnaby connected again to give Lock Haven the lead at 4-3 at the end of the second period. The third continued the back and forth scoring battle, as Weber would collect his second of the game, and Patrick Doyle would put the Rams up 5-4. Although Lock Haven brought the game back, with a goal from Dan Barnaby at 7:43 would force overtime, guaranteeing both teams a point. Although, at the end of regulation, a costly trip by Lock Haven’s Tyler Gilbert would give Farmingdale the powerplay to start overtime, and Doyle would capitalize at 8:40 of overtime to give the Rams the win, in overtime. In the second matchup of the night, Farmingdale was pitted against a tough Millersville team, which as mentioned above, seems to be playing with a chip on their shoulder. One thing to look for from Farmingdale is they are a rather disciplined team, and their win over Lock Haven could prove to be very beneficial as they own the head to head tiebreaker.
St. Joseph’s (NY) 0-2-0 (0 pts)
Our other flying mascot of division four is having a difficult time of sorts this weekend. They started Friday with a tough matchup against a hot Millersville team. Millersville seemed to expose St. Joseph’s reliance on their goaltender Tedesco and their defense, taking an early lead and not looking back. Unfortunately for St. Joseph’s they ran into a Lock Haven team that was hungry for a win after their OT loss to Farmingdale. As Lock Haven scored 3 goals in the first 7:39 of the first period, and the Golden Eagle’s just could not catch up no matter what they tried, although they did bring the game by to a score of 11-9 in the third. St. Joseph’s though, could benefit from the way these games have played out, as they will play Farmingdale tomorrow, and the winner of that game will advance to bracket play. If they can go back to their defensive playstyle, look for the Golden Eagles to turn this disappointing Friday around and make moves tomorrow.