Division 4 finishes Pool Play, Bracket SetECRHA March 4th, 2017 at 11:04AM March 4th, 2017 5:04PM
With four games remaining in division four, there was a lot still to be settled before we could begin bracket play later today. RIT and Syracuse, as well as Millersville and Lock Haven, both matching up for bye’s in the bracket. As well as Cornell, Niagara, Farmingdale, and St. Joseph’s fighting for their lives, and 3rd in their respective pools to make it into our single elimination bracket.
The Marauders of Millersville came out piping hot Friday night looking like they had something to prove. Their play continued with the same intensity Saturday morning against Lock Haven. Marchesani and Heck combined for two goals less than 2 minutes into the game, and from their, the Marauders did not look back, Lock Haven did though, score 4 goals in the third period to bring the score to 9-6. Millersville takes the first seed behind Marchesani’s 4 goals and 1 assist. While Lock Haven will take the __ seed and face ____
Meanwhile, RIT and Syracuse met with their chance to earn a first round bye. RIT, in what seems to be a trend this weekend, went down early again, as Anthony Bellman continued his scoring ways at 7:37 of the first period. However, in typical RIT fashion, they would answer back at 9:01 to draw level at 1 a piece. But, with 38 seconds left in the first period, Syracause found the lead again as Andrew Ungvary found the goal to put the Orange up 2-1 at the end of 1. The second period saw the Tigers score two unanswered, the latter being with just 1:03 on the clock to take their first lead of the game 3-2. RIT then added an insurance tally to go up 4-2, but Bellman was not done for Syracuse and he made an inside outside move on an RIT defender and put one home making it a one goal game. But, with a quick response, RIT’s Cameron Marsh made the lead two again, Bellman of Syracuse was not finished though, as he would score 2 goals in the final minute and a half of regulation to force overtime. Through overtime, both teams played passively, earning a few shots here and there, one off which was a Cuse wrister off the crosbar, but this game was decided in a shootout. Syracuse’s Collin Jacob’s and RIT’s Zach Orcutt both made saves in the first round of the shootout, then, it was RIT who would score the lone 2nd round goal, and as Syracuse’s final two shots were stopped, RIT remained undefeated and takes first in their pool. Final Score RIT 6 Syracuse 5 in a shootout.
To close out pool play for D4, we saw St. Joseph’s look to end their slump from yesterday, against Farmingdale, both teams needing a win to survive and advance to pool play, the intensity started in this game from the drop of the puck. St. Joseph’s made a point to change their offensive struggles, as they went up a minute and a half into the first 1-0, only to be answered by Farmingdale’s Daniel Kafka. Then, with 11 min remaining in the second. Ryan Turner received a pass and fired it past Tedesco to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Rams. Turner again found open space a few minutes later, spreading the lead to 2 in favor of Farmingdale. Teams would trade goals again, but Turner finished his hat trick to make the game 4-2 at the end of the 2nd period. Farmingdale would hold their lead through most the third depsite the Golden Eagle’s best efforts. But With less than 2 minutes to play, Farmingdale was sent to the box with a hook, and St. Joseph’s was able to tie the game at 5. The game then went to overtime, ending the Golden Eagles season, where Farmingdale prevailed. Final Score: Farmingdale 6 - St. Joseph’s (NY) 5 (OT)
D4 pool play concluded with Niagara and Cornell. Both teams 0-2 in the standings so far, but with just one win and this game, one of these teams would make bracket play, and can forget about their two losses Friday night. Niagara showed early on that they were the team that wanted to advance and give themselves a chance at the championship, scoring three unanswered goals in the first to go up 3-0. However, Cornell would answer back with a goal of their own to inch back. Niagara however, showed their offense was just too powerful for Cornell’s to keep up with, finishing the game with a score of 7 - 4 . Final Score Niagara 7 Cornell 4
So your bracket for D4 is now set. RIT has kept the undefeated season dream alive despite a few close calls. They will await the winner of Niagara and Farmingdale. Meanwhile, Millersville, your 1 seed from Pool B will be waiting in the second round for the winner of Lock Haven and Syracuse.