Stopping in Old Bethpage
by Vincent MatulaECRHA November 7th, 2019 at 10:08AM November 7th, 2019 4:09PM
The ECRHA season continues along as we head into Old Bethpage, NY. This weekend signifies that all teams will have played at least one game this season. A total of 25 different teams across all four divisions are taking part in the games.
Division 1 actions returns this weekend as Slippery Rock and Farmingdale will clash for two games on Saturday. The Pride of Slippery Rock currently lead the best-of-five series 1-0 after taking down Farmingdale by a score of 7-1 in Grove City. Outside of these two D1 matchups, Slippery Rock will also play against undefeated Northeastern and the defending D2 Regional Champions of UMass. As for the Rams of Farmingdale, their only other game of the weekend will be against West Chester University. The Golden Rams of West Chester are the only club in D2 that have yet to begin their regular season.
Only four teams from Division 2 are in attendance this weekend, but the competition on tap should provide some more clarity of how the final standings might look. West Chester University will play in their first action since pre-season this weekend and go up against Farmingdale, undefeated Northeastern and winless Stony Brook. Stony Brook University will be the only team from D2 that won’t face either Slippery Rock or Farmingdale this weekend and is in need of getting into the win column. They’ll open up their first of three games on Saturday morning with a rematch against UMass after facing the Minutemen last weekend in Dracut and suffered a 6-5 overtime loss. The Seawolves will also get a rematch against Northeastern on Sunday after falling to the Huskies 8-5 in Dracut. Northeastern will be facing the remaining three teams from D2 this weekend, but will first begin their action against D1 Slippery Rock on Saturday. Last up on the D2 slate is the University of Massachusetts, who are heading into Old Bethpage winning two of their first three games last weekend. Like Northeastern, their schedule will also consist of contests against Stony Brook and D1 Slippery Rock. The Minutemen will look to give Slippery Rock a better game this time around after falling 8-2 against them in pre-season.
All but three teams from Division 3 are taking part in the action on tap this weekend. Neumann, Temple and Montclair are all playing in their first games since Columbus Day weekend. The Red Hawks of Montclair will kick off their inaugural regular season against Vermont University, who currently have allowed the most goals in D3. After that, their remaining two matchups are against Cortland and undefeated Endicott. The only team in D3 to not record a win in pre-season was the Knights of Neumann University. Like Montclair, the Knights will also take on Vermont along with Boston University as both teams will be in search of their first win this season. In between those two games on Saturday, Neumann will play against Endicott which rounds out their schedule for the weekend. Similar to Neumann, Temple University will also have matches against Vermont and Boston on Saturday and conclude their weekend against Syracuse University, the highest scoring team in D3.
As for the remainder of teams in D3 that have played in the regular season, there are plenty of interesting games on tap. Outside of their two previously mentioned games, Endicott’s first game of the weekend comes against Oswego. This is the first matchup between these two clubs since last season’s Division 3 Regional Championship game. Before that however, the Lakers of Oswego will go up against Hofstra and close their weekend out with a non-conference matchup with D4 Farmingdale Black and Yeshiva on Sunday morning. Hofstra returns home after a 2-1 start to their season last weekend in Dracut to also play against Yeshiva as well as matches with D4 Slippery Rock (non-conference) and Drexel. Not including their two forfeit victories in Grove City, those Drexel Dragons are going to be looking for their first gameplay win since pre-season. The Dragons open up the weekend against St. Joseph’s and will matchup with Hofstra later in the day looking to avenge a 6-5 shootout defeat in pre-season. Drexel ends the weekend on Saturday with a game against Boston hoping to carry over the same dominance against them in pre-season. The St. Joseph’s Golden Eagles are flying into their home rink with a three game winning streak and will open the weekend against Drexel. Their remaining two games on the weekend are against Cortland and Syracuse, who also have a three game win streak coming into Old Bethpage. St. Joe’s will attempt to rebound against Syracuse after a 14-1 blowout loss in pre-season. Syracuse opens the weekend against St. Joe’s and will continue their day against Temple. The Orange will end the weekend with a Saturday evening contest against Yeshiva. It will be the first time these two teams have met since Yeshiva ended Syracuse’s season in the Sweet 16 at the National Championships in April. The Maccabees of Yeshiva University play their remaining two games on Sunday morning against Oswego and Hofstra. Cortland is amongst the remainder of the D3 teams that have played this season. Their schedule includes St. Joes, Montclair, non-conference action with D4’s Farmingdale Green and Boston. Boston and Vermont are the remaining two D3 teams heading to Old Bethpage this weekend. Both teams play against Temple and Neumann as the Terriers of Boston will also play against Drexel and Cortland. Vermont’s other two games of the weekend come against Montclair and a non-conference tilt with D4 Northeastern.
Every single team in Division 4 except for Oswego will either start or continue their season this weekend. Stony Brook is one of three teams that begins play as they will play against Farmingdale Black, Green, Slippery Rock and Northeastern, who also begins their season. The Seawolves played those first three teams at pre-season with their only loss coming against Slippery Rock. Speaking of Northeastern, the D4 Huskies did not find the win column in pre-season and will look to change that as they play the previously mentioned Stony Brook, Slippery Rock, a non-conference game against Vermont and Massachusetts. UMass comes into Old Bethpage with almost the exact same schedule as their pre-season games in Feasterville. The only difference this weekend is that the Minutemen will be playing a fourth game against Northeastern.
The remainder of Division 4 features undefeated Slippery Rock and both Farmingdale clubs. We’ll have the classic Green vs Black matchup bright and early on Saturday as Black is searching for their first win on the season while Green looks to build upon a 1-1 start from their games in Grove City. The Pride of Slippery Rock will also have a similar schedule that they faced in pre-season with the only difference this time being that they’ll face Hofstra in a non-conference match.