Farmingdale Wins D1 CrownECRHA March 5th, 2017 at 5:37PM March 5th, 2017 11:41PM
The storyline saga continued.
We knew the time, the place, and the teams involved, and all that was left was for Neumann and Farmingdale to battle for 36 minutes to determine the ECRHA D1 Champion. Could the two powerhouses match their intense game in the winner’s final, well they may have done just that, if not better.
The final between the two sides started rather slow and tactical, as both teams felt each other out and determined how to best handle the opposition. It wasn’t until 5:04 remained in the first period when Josh Weger took the puck and cut across the Neumann zone, shooting across his body short side and into the goal to give the Rams the 1-0 lead. Shortly after, Derek Shultz of Neumann took a trip to the penalty box for slashing, and Farmingdale made him pay. Luc Corso score the second goal for the team to give them a 2-0 lead thanks to a pass from former Neumann Knight PJ DiMartino. Corso was playing with a fire in his eyes, and you could tell he was not done just yet, as just over a minute later, Corso was able to put the puck past Goggio of Neumann for a 3-0 lead.
Immediately following the third Farmingdale goal. Neumann used their timeout, as the veteran leaders and coaches spoke to their team passionately and emotionally. Following the timeout, it was O’Shaugnessy of Farmingdale heading to the box, and during the powerplay it was Shane Fox bringing the Knights within one, making the score 3-1 as the first period drew to a close.
As the second period started we saw play slow down again, but the momentum was certainly favoring Neumann. Muccio-Schrimpe, Farmingdale’s goaltender was making save after save to maintain the lead, however, it was with 4:38 to go in the 2nd that DeSalvo solved Schrimpe. Then, we saw Russolello and Tarasco both head to the box for two separate penalties, and Shane Fox made them pay with his second of the game 28 seconds into the 4 on 2. The Rams managed to kill off the rest of the penalty, and hold off the Neumann attack for the remainder of the second, at the end of two, we were tied up at 3.
Neumann remained pressuring Farmingdale to start the third. And 1:43 into the third period, Neumann forward Andy Zubak put on a show for the crowd as he danced around a couple Farmingdale defenders and gave Neumann their first lead of the game with 10:17 left in the 3rd period. Farmingdale took another holding penalty and were forced to kill yet another penalty, where Shane Fox would ring a shot off the post. Then, with less than 4 minutes left in the game, things got crazy. Phelan went to the box for Neumann for a trip, and shortly after the penalty expired, Luc Corso finished off his hat trick off courtesy of a pass from DiMartino. Then, just like that, it was Josh Weger putting Farmingdale up late 5-4!
The scoreboard read 1:00 and Neumann was in desperation mode. They were firing shots at Muccio-Schrimpe but he continued to turn them aside. After a Muccio-Schrimpe save things got a bit heated as the teams met in front of the crease, but no penalties were assessed. Play continued as the clock ticked down, Farmingdale possessed the puck in Neumann territory when a player was pinned in the corner and from there, tempers flared. As two players met and were taken to the floor, multiple others joined in. The situation eventually simmered and after minutes of sorting everything out and 66 penalty minutes were assessed, 5.6 seconds remained on the clock. That 5.6 seconds was not enough time for the Knights to make a move, as Farmingdale celebrated and were awarded the ECRHA Division 1 Championship.
All six D1 teams who attended regionals played excellent hockey with great games both Friday and Saturday. For those aside from Farmingdale, they will await Selection Monday patiently to learn if they will be attending the NCRHA National Championship in Fort Myers, Florida in April.