ECRHA kicks off second half with Inter Regional EventECRHA January 18th, 2020 at 6:10PM January 19th, 2020 12:12AM
The 2019-2020 ECRHA season resumes this weekend in Mt. Pleasant, PA for the Inter Regional Event. Due to inclement weather, the weekend was postponed last season and will mark the first time this event is taking place since 2018. A total of nine different clubs from the ECRHA will partake in the weekend.
Both Division 1 programs from the ECHRA will be in attendance as Farmingdale State College and Slippery Rock University will conclude their regular season series with two matchups. The Pride of Slippery Rock currently leads the series 2-1 and are one win away from hosting Regionals at their home rink in Grove City, PA. Joining them will be Division 1 National finalists Lindenwood University and Michigan State University. Earlier this season, the Lions of Lindenwood defeated Michigan State on two separate occasions. These four teams will play each other once with the headline game being a rematch of last season’s D1 National Championship game between Lindenwood and Farmingdale where the Rams took home their third straight D1 National Championship with their opponent being Lindenwood in all three meetings.
Three of the four Division 2 clubs this weekend comes from the ECRHA as Robert Morris, Rochester IT and Penn State play each other once. Back in the first semester, Robert Morris recorded shutout wins against these two opponents. These three schools will also take on Western Michigan who started their season at 0-2. Since then, the Broncos have beaten Michigan State’s D1 team in overtime, have won four straight regular season contests and are now second place in the D2 MCRHL standings.
Drexel and Neumann University are two of the six Division 3 schools that will be in action this weekend. These Neumann Knights are the top team in Division 3 of the ECRHA with a perfect 9-0 record and winning each of these games by three goals or more. As for Drexel, they began their season at 0-2, but have won seven of their last eight regular season matchups putting them in fifth place of a tightly packed D3. Both schools will face Ohio State who are currently first place in the MCRHL along with two more games against Virginia Tech and James Madison. Neumann will also play against Henry Ford College (JC) for the second consecutive season. The two combined for 30 goals in their previous meeting where Henry Ford took home a 16-14 win.
All of the previously mentioned D1 schools will also have their respective secondary teams in attendance for this weekend’s event. Each of these Division 4 teams will get the opportunity to play each other once during the weekend. Three of these four clubs were apart of the Final Four at last season’s National Championships with Slippery Rock as the only exception. The Michigan State Spartans defeated the Pride of Slippery Rock in both matchups at Nationals with their second victory coming in the Elite Eight which ultimately sent Slippery Rock home. We’ll also get a rematch between Farmingdale and Lindenwood where the Rams took down the Lions and advanced to their third straight National Championship game.