Weekend in Dracut Completed
by Vincent MatulaECRHA November 5th, 2019 at 9:40AM November 5th, 2019 3:40PM
Games in Dracut, MA took place this past weekend and featured 11 different teams kicking off their 2019-2020 season.
The reigning Division 2 Regional Champions of Massachusetts began their season winning 9-5 against Rowan and 6-5 over Stony Brook in overtime. In those two victories, Trevor Shea tallied a total of five goals and four assists. Shea, who was the D2 Rookie of the Year last season, currently leads the Minutemen in scoring after their first weekend of the season. UMass did endure a 6-2 loss to RIT, but will get right back to work in Old Bethpage, NY this upcoming weekend.
Rochester IT came into Dracut and won three out of their first four games to start the season with their only defeat coming at 6-4 against Northeastern. The dynamic duo of Samuel Murray and Cody Zajaczkowski are leading the way for RIT in scoring as Murray leads in assists while Zajaczkowski has scored the most goals. Out of the 20 total goals that Rochester scored this weekend, Murray or Zajaczkowski recorded a point on all but four of those goals. Yes they've only played four games so far, but they will both be major factors for the Tigers success this season. RIT will continue their season in Export, PA later this month.
Northeastern University defended their home rink by going undefeated and capturing their other two wins on the weekend against Rowan and Stony Brook. Thomas Keith is off to a ridiculous start after recording ten goals and five assists in three games. For the time being, his ten goals and 15 total points leads all skaters in D2 while teammate Jason Stitt is tied for the D2 lead in assists. The Huskies will look to expand on their winning ways in Old Bethpage, NY.
Rowan was one of two teams that failed to grab a victory in their first games of the season with losses coming against UMass, Northeastern and RIT. A bright spot for the Profs is rookie Justin Favaloro who is leading the club in all scoring categories. Like Rowan, Stony Brook University did not find a win in their three games played. The Seawolves were less than a minute away from victory, but was spoiled by a UMass game tying and winning goal in overtime. Stony Brook will look to turn it around at their home rink in Old Bethpage while Rowan’s upcoming games are set to take place in Export, PA.
The defending National and Regional Champions of Division 3 returned home for their first games since April. Endicott opened their season with a 4-1 victory over St. Joseph’s and a 7-4 win against Hofstra later in the day. The Gulls completed a weekend sweep on Sunday over Yeshiva which now puts them 1st place in the division. Matt Kaski is continuing his scoring ways from last season with eight total points on the weekend. Endicott’s next games come this weekend in Old Bethpage, NY as they will continue to maintain the top spot in D3.
Just how Endicott did not participate in pre-season games, Yeshiva University began their season this weekend as well. Out of their three games played on Sunday, the Maccabees grabbed just one win in an 11-8 barn burner against Vermont. Yeshiva’s David Soffer has already surpassed his goal total of six from last season after potting seven goals on the day. Yeshiva comes into Old Bethpage, NY this weekend where they will look to get back into the swing of things.
After a 4-1 loss to Endicott on Saturday morning, St. Joseph’s went on to win three straight games against Boston, Vermont and Yeshiva by two goals or less. A total of seven different Golden Eagles had goals during the weekend. Out of those seven, Brian Redus was one of four rookies on St. Joseph’s to score and just so happens to be the youngest player in the ECRHA this season. Rookie goaltender Timothy Dupuis is tied for the D3 lead in wins and is currently leading all goalies with a .882 save percentage along with 82 saves in four games. St. Joseph’s will head home to Old Bethpage, NY this weekend with hopes of continuing their three game winning streak.
Similar to St. Joseph’s, the Hofstra Pride also suffered their only loss of the weekend against Endicott. After that loss, they picked up an 8-7 win against Boston and an 8-1 victory over Vermont. Colin Ewald is leading Hofstra in scoring at the conclusion of their opening weekend with five goals and five assists. They too will head back to their home rink in Old Bethpage, NY looking to extend their current win streak of two games.
On the other side, both Boston and Vermont University could not secure a win this past weekend and will be heading into Old Bethpage, NY looking to grab some momentum as the season progresses. The remaining teams in D2, D3 and D4 who have yet to play games will start their regular season in Old Bethpage which is coming up this weekend on the ECRHA schedule.