This Columbus Day Weekend marked the return of the ECRHA, and new this year are featured games. At each event two to three games will get the spotlight and full coverage. On Saturday, three Division I matchups were put on display between the Brockport Golden Eagles and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, The West Chester Golden Rams versus the Buffalo Wings and lastly the Hofstra Pride against the Towson Tigers.
Game 1: Brockport vs. Rutgers (Final Score 3-1 Brockport)
In the first of three featured games, a Mid-Atlantic conference battle took place between the Brockport Golden Eagles and the Scarlet Knights. The Golden Eagles controlled the flow of play for almost the entirety of the game, aside from a defensive miscue on a Chris McManus rebound that was buried home by Jeff O’Connell shorthanded on Brockport. Goaltender Patrick Keyes and the Eagles got themselves together as they shut down the Rutgers University offence while putting up two back to back goals by Will Besimer from Brockport standout Joseph Chappius. Chappius would add a third point on a Mark Waters goal in the third period; Brockport posted 36 shots in the game while Keyes held fort and made 19 saves in a 3-1 win.
Game 2: West Chester vs. Buffalo (Final Score 9-5 West Chester)
The second featured game was between the Golden Rams of West Chester and the Buffalo Wings; the game was heavily dictated by special teams play as West Chester spent 12 minutes in the box throughout the contest with four of their 6 penalties coming in the second period. However it seemed like Buffalo was the team that was killing off the attack on the Power Play as West Chester generated four shorthanded goals and managed to go two for two on a highly successful Power Play. The Rams were led by 4 (2 goals 2 assists each) points each from Jack Grossman and Cameron Norman. Buffalo’s Johnathan D’Amico faced a total of 40 shots over three periods. Daniel Vrana and Bryan Feiler both had a goal and an assist each in the loss.
Game 3 Hofstra vs. Towson (Final Score 4-7 Hofstra)
The final featured game showcased a high tempo and action packed match-up between the Hofstra University Pride and the Towson Tigers, Both teams came to play as they traded goals in the first minute of the contest only less than 35 seconds apart. The dynamic duo of Pat Rosa and Chris Culot scored a combined 7 points (3 Goals and 4 assists) were able to keep Hofsra out front as the Tigers and the Pride exchanged goals in the second and third period. Towson goaltender Kyle Fensterer had thirty six saves in the 7 to 4 loss while Towson forward Drew Fitzhugh had 2 goals in the contest.
Look back for more recaps like these in the future as the ECRHA prepares to bring you more rivalries and intense action every event this season!