Regular Season Action Begins!
by Vincent MatulaECRHA October 23rd, 2019 at 3:05PM October 23rd, 2019 8:06PM
The ECRHA regular season beings this weekend in Grove City, Pennsylvania with a total of 14 different teams from all four divisions participating in the weekend event.
A game which is bound to spark plenty of attention around the league is the first of five meetings between Division 1 Slippery Rock University and Farmingdale State. The Pride defeated Farmingdale 5-0 in pre-season and marked the first time Slippery Rock has beaten Farmingdale since 2016 at Regionals. Despite this exhibition loss, the Rams were missing their top three scorers from last season (Jake Corso, Joey DiMartino and last season Player of the Year, Max Halvorsen). Unlike last season’s playoff format where the best-of-three Regional Championship was held in Feasterville, this season will have a little twist to it. Whichever team wins this best-of-five series, they will host the D1 Regional Championship game at their home rink either in Grove City or Old Bethpage.
Farmingdale has some players that are making the jump up to D1 this season such as Michael Santos and Colin Tinschert, who have both won Player of the Year with Farmingdale’s secondary team. Michael Muccio-Shrimpe will also slide in as the man between the pipes for Farmingdale after an incredible campaign in Division 4 last season which was capped off by winning Goalie of the Year. On the other side, Slippery Rock has also added to their roster by grabbing Josh Hirst who led Bethel University’s D4 squad in goals and points last season. Hirst was also named the Most Valuable Player at Nationals last season after leading Bethel to a D4 National Championship. Along with Hirst, the Pride also have added Ian Edwards to their club. Edwards played with Bethel’s D1 club last season and was named to the all-tournament 2nd team as a result of his 10 points in five games at Nationals. Farmingdale is looking to become the first team in ECRHA history to win four straight D1 Regional Championships while Slippery Rock will continue the search for their first Regional Championship in D1.
Outside of this marquee D1 matchup, there’s also some other top teams that will be in action this weekend. Syracuse and Oswego were the only two unbeaten teams in Division 3 pre-season play and will matchup on Saturday morning. The last time these two clubs met was in pool play at Nationals last season where Oswego beat Syracuse in overtime. Drexel and Cortland will also be in attendance this weekend after the Red Dragons defeated Drexel 5-2 in pre-season play. Before they take on Drexel, Cortland will begin the weekend looking for revenge against Syracuse after suffering a 9-1 loss to the Orange in Feasterville. Lock Haven and Niagara are the remaining two teams from D3 participating this weekend as both will hope to improve their chances at getting into Regionals this season. Division 2 will only showcase Robert Morris and Penn State as both teams will be playing against the aforementioned D1 Slipper Rock and Farmingdale clubs while matching up against each other on Saturday night. We’ll also get a rematch of the D4 Regional Championship from last season as Farmingdale Green and Slippery Rock get together on Saturday evening as well. Lastly, Farmingdale Black will look to avenge a 7-1 pre-season loss against Oswego on Saturday morning which rounds out the teams from D4 heading to Grove City.