Leaving from Mt. PleasantECRHA January 20th, 2020 at 6:23PM January 24th, 2020 1:29AM
This year’s Inter Regional event from Mt. Pleasant, PA has concluded and gave teams from the ECRHA a taste of competition that exists from across the nation.
Farmingdale’s Division 1 club started the weekend off with a dominant 7-2 win over Michigan State where the Spartans generated just nine shots on goal. Slippery Rock began their weekend on the short end of a 7-2 score against Lindenwood. The Pride rebounded later in the day with and overtime victory over Michigan State courtesy of Braden White while the Rams defeated Lindenwood in their first meeting since last season’s D1 National Championship Game. Joey DiMartino scored his third goal of the game in overtime and it marked the second straight game of the weekend where he tallied three points. DiMartino has now scored a hat trick against the Lions in their last two matchups. The night ended with game four of the best-of-five series between Farmingdale and Slippery Rock. In the third period, the Pride scored twice in 41 seconds to take a 5-4 lead. A late penalty would cost Slippery Rock as Farmingdale’s Jake Corso notched his fifth point of the night with a power play goal that sent the game to overtime. With no goals scored in overtime, Slippery Rock’s Gannon Warrick scored the lone shootout goal and gave his club a 6-5 win. It’s the second time this season that Warrick has scored a shootout winning goal against Farmingdale. The Pride will now host the D1 Regional Championship at their home rink in Grove City, PA on February 29th. In their fifth meeting on Sunday, Farmingdale defeated Slippery Rock by a score of 6-3. Slippery Rock will head to Palatine, IL this weekend for the MCRHL Inter Regional event against Lindenwood, Michigan State, Arizona State and Bethel.
Three of four Division 2 teams this past weekend included RIT, Robert Morris and Penn State who all represented the ECRHA. Each of these teams faced Western Michigan with Rochester IT being the only program to beat the Broncos. Western Michigan would end up getting their revenge on Sunday with a 3-2 win over the Tigers. RIT also took down Penn State, but fell to Robert Morris for the second time this season with this game ending in overtime. Out of all three ECRHA teams, RIT’s Samuel Murray was the top scorer with three goals and seven assists in four games. Both RIT and Robert Morris will continue their regular season this weekend in Sewell, NJ as the two teams will meet once again. Although Robert Morris’ only loss came against Western Michigan, three different Colonials recorded eight or more points in three games. Those three are Cameron Zahn, Jesse Zahn and Vince Passante who also happen to be the top three leading scorers for their club. It was a rough go for Penn State as the Nittany Lions recorded just four goals while allowing 18 in their three games.
Drexel and Neumann University were the only two Division 3 clubs from the ECRHA this past weekend. After starting the weekend with a 7-6 loss to Virginia Tech, Drexel won their remaining two matchups by a score of 7-6 against Ohio State and 6-1 defeat over James Madison. With John Gattone being out for the weekend, Seth Beber and Michael Leininger stepped up as each player recorded nine points on the weekend. As for the Neumann Knights, they remain undefeated after sweeping their weekend competition with wins over Ohio State, James Madison, Virginia Tech and Henry Ford College. Matthew Strofe jumped right into action with 20 points in his first weekend of the season while his brother, Michael, added 25 points to his new season total of 33 goals, 42 assists and 75 points. Each of those three numbers are tops in Division 3 of the entire NCRHA. The two brothers along with Tom Dunn were the three stars of each game that Neumann played in over the weekend. Both Neumann and Drexel return to regular season play in Sewell, NJ this weekend where the clubs will play one another.
In Division 4, neither Farmingdale nor Slippery Rock could gather a win against Lindenwood or Michigan State. With both ECRHA clubs sitting at 0-2, Slippery Rock was able to salvage the weekend with a 8-2 victory over Farmingdale. In each of their three games, the Rams of Farmingdale scored two goals while allowing an average of eight per game. Slippery Rock’s D4 squad returns to regular season action in Sewell, NJ this coming weekend where they’ll look to continue their dominant play against D4 ECRHA opponents.