Departing from Export
by Vincent MatulaECRHA November 19th, 2019 at 3:26PM November 19th, 2019 9:27PM
The inaugural stop in Export, PA has come to an end and saw plenty of interesting matchups during the weekend.
With a forfeit win against Rowan, Slippery Rock’s Division 1 club only had to play two games on Saturday against RIT and West Chester. The Pride won both games by double digits and featured every skater recording at least three points on the weekend. Slippery Rock ends their first semester of play with a 9-1 record and sits atop the D1 standings. Ian Edwards is not only leading his team in scoring, but is first in all of D1 with 16 goals, 14 assists and 30 total points. Last season, Slippery Rock scored 80 goals in their 15 regular season games and are already up to 77 goals scored with the second semester left to play.
In Division 2, Robert Morris returned to action and endured a rather successful weekend. For the second time this season, the Colonials took care of Penn State with this game ending in a 7-5 score. They followed that up with a 10-4 victory over West Chester in a game that featured 54 total penalty minutes, five offsetting penalties and two game ejections. This bad blood stems back to pre-season in which the two clubs combined for 39 penalty minutes. Robert Morris has won both of these matchups and both teams will see each other again in the second semester. The Colonials closed out their weekend with a 2-0 shutout victory over RIT on Sunday. Four players on Robert Morris are averaging at least two points per game with two of them being Jack Clendaniel and Jesse Zahn. The two have recorded a point in every regular season contest this season. This undefeated weekend puts them in first place heading into their final weekend of the semester in Feasterville, PA.
Before their penalty filled game against Robert Morris, West Chester University grabbed a 12-1 win over Rowan. After suffering this loss to Robert Morris and a blowout loss to Slippery Rock, the Golden Rams answered back with a 8-3 victory against Penn State on Sunday. In both their wins, Nick Foster tallied consecutive hat tricks raising his point total to 15 on the season. Foster has recorded a point on half of West Chester’s 30 goals this season. West Chester currently sits in fifth place and goes into Feasterville, PA with matchups against some of the top teams in D2 this weekend.
Lone wins for RIT and Penn State this weekend came against Rowan in running clock fashion. In their remaining two games, Rochester fell against Slippery Rock and were shutout against Robert Morris. Despite this, Brendan Solinski was able to tally five points in the Tigers 9-3 victory over Rowan and joins teammates Samuel Murray and Cody Zajaczkowski as the Tigers top three leading scorers. On the other hand, Penn State also lost to Robert Morris and West Chester, but put together a 10-2 win over Rowan. Since their shutout loss against Robert Morris in Grove City, Connor Baer and Tom Jett have recorded a point in the Nittany Lions last four games and are leading their team in scoring. Both RIT and Penn State end their first semester games in Feasterville, PA where the two teams will play each other.
After starting their season 0-3 in Dracut, a big four-game weekend was needed by Rowan University to keep them in the playoff conversation. However, the results were the same as Rowan with the club failing to grab a point or victory on the weekend. Rookie Justin Favaloro remains to be the only bright spot from the Profs this season. Out of the 13 goals Rowan has scored in seven games, Favaloro has recorded a point on all but two goals. It won’t be an easy final weekend for Rowan as they face the top three teams in D2 this upcoming weekend in Feasterville, PA.
Seven teams from Division 3 were in attendance this weekend which featured some top teams as well as those looking to hit the ground running with some wins. Syracuse University knows all about winning this season as they came into Export on a six game win streak. The Orange only had two games this weekend against Montclair State and Neumann, who happened to sweep their competition in Old Bethpage earlier this month. In their game against Montclair, Syracuse capitalized with three straight third period power play goals to pull ahead and grab an 8-3 win. A hat trick by Ethan Clearfield in the game has matched his goal total of 14 from last season with Miami University. However, Syracuse did suffer their first loss of the season in a 8-5 defeat against Neumann. Despite the loss, Syracuse remains to be the top team in D3 as they finish the semester with a 7-1-1 record.
After winning three straight games earlier this month, Neumann University looked to continue their early season success. In their opening game of the weekend, the Knights handed Syracuse their first loss of the season and was smooth sailing afterwards which included back-to-back 12 goal victories over Niagara and Lock Haven as well as a 12-7 win against Cornell. Over those four games, Michael Strofe registered 21 points with nine of them coming against Cornell. His season total has now risen to 41 and leads all of D3 in goals (19), assists (22) and total points. To put Strofe’s success into a bigger perspective, he finished with 41 total points last season in D2. Even though Strofe has put up some great numbers to start the season, he’s had other teammates around him contributing as well. Four of the top five scorers in D3 (including Strofe) are all on Neumann. These Knights will roll into Feasterville, PA this weekend on a seven game win streak looking to end the semester with a perfect record.
Similar to Neumann, Temple University was the other team from Division 3 to go undefeated in their weekend games. The Owls scored 44 goals that featured blowout victories against Lock Haven and Niagara along with a 7-1 defeat over Cornell. Every skater on Temple had at least one goal, two assists and three total points on the weekend. On the other side of the puck, Temple only allowed three goals in their games which now puts them at just 11 allowed in their opening six games played. Goaltender Cody Baldwin leads D3 with a 1.83 goals against average and two shutouts. The Owls will fly into Feasterville, PA this weekend for their remaining games this semester.
Montclair State continued their first season in the ECRHA by grabbing victories in three out of four games. The Red Hawks won against Niagara, Cornell and Lock Haven in dominant fashion with their only loss coming against Syracuse. Ty Pezzolla had a hat trick in all but one game which gives him 16 goals on the season and is the second most in D3. Montclair wraps up their opening semester this weekend in Feasterville, PA.
The remaining three teams from D3 all failed to record a win during their weekend trip to forget in Export. Cornell University allowed double digit goals in two games, Niagara University lost all their games by 12 or more while Lock Haven University was shutout in two of their three matchups. Each team plays a big four-game weekend in Feasterville, PA with the hope to turn the course of their season around.
A trip to Feasterville, PA is last on the ECRHA schedule this semester as most teams from Divisions 2, 3 and 4 will conclude their opening semester of play.