Long Beach State was the only Division I team in action this weekend, playing 1 game against Saddleback College. Long Beach State won that game, as well as won their last 2 games in the Las Vegas event on Feb. 13. Long Beach sits in the #2 spot heading into Regionals.
The #1 spot has been clinched for some time by 18-1 Arizona State University. Their loss was the first game of the 2009-2010 season, and they have not looked back since, outscoring opponents 159-49.
UC Santa Barbara, UNLV and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo round out the top 5 in Division I. These teams will play in a 5-team round robin at Regionals, playing all teams once, with the top 4 teams making the semifinals.
In Division II action, there were several matchups that will repeat at Regionals. UC San Diego defeated UC Berkeley by a score of 5-4, the first loss for UC Berkeley to a Division II team all season. Chico State then defeated UC San Diego by a score of 8-7, this game was an absolute nail-biter. A late faceoff in the Chico defensive zone gave UC San Diego an opportunity to tie, but there was not enough time to get a shot on goal.
UC Davis won 4 straight this weekend to earn a playoff berth, and they sit in the 5 spot.
UC Santa Cruz sits in the 3 spot, after winning 3 straight after losing the first game, with a huge 4-2 win against UC Berkeley. USC barely missed the playoffs after their starting goaltender gets injured in 2nd game of the weekend.
6 teams in Division II will play for the Regional Championship. Teams will be split into 2 pools of 3 teams each, playing in 2 round robin games. The top team in each pool will advance to the semifinals, while the bottom 2 teams in each pool will play in a quarterfinal game prior to that.
Junior College Division
A full Citrus College squad won all 5 games this weekend, including a 6-2 win against JC Division rival Saddleback College. Saddleback will be the WCRHL’s #1 seed for Nationals, due to defeating Citrus 8-2 earlier in the season, and their other meeting this season ending in a tie. Citrus will be the WCRHL’s #2 seed for Nationals, and West Valley JC will be the WCRHL’s #3 seed.
In B Division action this weekend, there were some definite Regional Championships caliber games taking place. UCSB B Gold defeated Saddleback B 6-4. This was only a few hours after Arizona State defeated Saddleback B 8-5, in what was arguably the best B Division game of the last several years. Arizona State finished with a perfect 16 game, undefeated season, outscoring opponents 140-33. Cal Poly Green earned the final spot in the playoffs, sitting idle this weekend and squeaking in by 1 point over UC Irvine B.
8 teams in the B Division will play for the Regional Championship. Teams will be split into 2 pools of 4 teams each, playing in 3 round robin games. The top 3 teams in each pool will advance.
All championship games will be played in the morning on Sunday, March 7th. The website for the Regional Championship Tournament is: http://wcrhl.com/schedule.php?event_id=1016
You can also view the schedule by date:
March 6 – http://wcrhl.com/schedule.php?&show_date=2010-03-06
March 7 – http://wcrhl.com/schedule.php?&show_date=2010-03-07
All bids to the National Championships will be determined on Selection Monday, March 8, 2010, and posted on the NCRHA website at www.ncrha.org. The only automatic bids to the National Championships are the Regional Champions in Division I, II and B. All other bids are determined by the NCRHA Selection Committee.
Brian Ganz and Tyler Koressel from Arizona State led all Division I players in scoring. The Arizona State goaltending duo of Stephen Back and Clay Taylor led in both GAA and Save %.
Click the following link to see all Division I Scoring and Goaltending Leaders: http://wcrhl.com/stats.php?regional_division_id=6
Steven Inouye and Sam Robinson from UC Berkeley, along with Kenny McCubbins and Troy Miller from UC San Diego and Chase Norman from Chico State make up the top 5 in Division II scoring.
Several goaltenders are in the top 5 in either GAA or Save %. Justin KleinSmid from UC Santa Cruz led all Division II goaltenders in Save % stopping 88.4% of all shots faced.
Click the following link to see all Division II Scoring and Goaltending Leaders: http://wcrhl.com/stats.php?regional_division_id=7
Junior College Division
Tyler Lakes (Saddleback) and Georgie Barber (Citrus) each reached the 50-point mark this season in the Junior College division. Taz Viloria (Saddleback) and Albert Flores (Citrus) finished 1,2 in both GAA and Save % this season.
Click the following link to see all JC Division Scoring and Goaltending Leaders: http://wcrhl.com/stats.php?regional_division_id=62
The top 5 scorers in the B Division are made up of players from the top 3 teams. Jeffrey Stern and Zach Medlock (Arizona State), Gavin Torres (Saddleback) and Max Ryan and Travis Faught (UC Santa Barbara) make up the top 5.
Ryan Baird (UC Santa Barbara) and Dylan Taylor (Saddleback) were the top 2 goaltenders in both GAA and Save %.
Click the following link to see all B Division Scoring and Goaltending Leaders: http://wcrhl.com/stats.php?regional_division_id=8
Jonny Simkin led the Claremont team with 30 points, followed closely by Kirby Haraguichi with 26. Simkin led in goals, while Kirby led in assists.
The goaltending duo from Claremont split the honors, with Brad Davis leading in GAA and Michael Mulroy leading in Save %.
Click the following link to see all Division III Scoring and Goaltending Leaders: http://wcrhl.com/stats.php?regional_division_id=9