A Visit to Sewell
by Vincent MatulaJanuary 22nd, 2020 at 6:23PM January 23rd, 2020 12:24AM
The second half of the 2019-2020 ECRHA season begins this weekend in Sewell, NJ as 13 different clubs will continue their regular season.
Two teams from Division 2 that participated in last weekend’s Inter Regional event are right back to work as RIT and Robert Morris will meet for the third time this season. Robert Morris has won both contests with the most recent meeting ending in a non-conference 7-6 overtime victory. Both teams take on West Chester and Stony Brook as the remaining part of their weekend schedule. The Colonials of Robert Morris will play an additional game on Sunday morning against winless Rowan.
Sitting in fifth place, West Chester University could use this weekend as a chance to not only cash in on some revenge, but also inch closer towards a playoff spot. The Golden Rams begin their weekend slate against Robert Morris where both teams have exchanged a total of 93 penalty minutes in their previous two meetings (pre-season and regular season). Despite leading in both games, West Chester failed to record a win in either of those games. Back in Feasterville, West Chester surrendered a 3-1 lead against RIT and allowed five unanswered goals en route to a 6-3 loss. The Golden Rams will look for redemption against the Tigers on Saturday night and they'll end the weekend with a Sunday afternoon matchup with Rowan.
After an underwhelming first half, Stony Brook University returns with hopes of climbing right back into the playoff conversation. Their first two opponents will be Rowan and Robert Morris which are the remaining two teams that the Seawolves have not played this season. Despite there being no previous history between the teams this season, Stony Brook recorded a win against both clubs last season. Stony Brook ends the weekend looking for redemption against RIT after falling to the Tigers by a score of 4-2 in Dracut. For Rowan, they could use as much support as possible from their home crowd with their season likely hanging in the balance. Their weekend schedule consists of Stony Brook, Robert Morris and West Chester.
Five different teams from Division 3 will be in Sewell which includes first place Neumann University and second place Temple University. Neumann has not lost to Temple’s primary team since October of 2009. Both teams are averaging over 9.5 goals per game and have a winning streak of six games or more going into their Saturday morning matchup. The Knights of Neumann continue the day with a game against Drexel as they’ll look to avenge a 7-0 preseason loss. Their Saturday ends with a non-conference match against D4 Slippery Rock while their weekend will conclude with a Sunday morning game against Yeshiva. As for Temple, they too will face Drexel following their matchup with Neumann. It’s the first time the Owls will take on Drexel since being eliminated by them at Regionals last season. Temple will finish the weekend against Montclair State.
After falling to Temple 13-5 in pre-season play, Montclair State will look for redemption against the Owls on Sunday morning. Before that game, they will go up against Drexel and D4 Stony Brook (non-conference). The Red Hawks end their time in Sewell against Yeshiva on Sunday afternoon. An action packed Sunday awaits the Yeshiva Maccabees as each of their three opponents are currently ahead of them in the standings. It’ll be the first time in program history that Yeshiva takes on Neumann and Montclair while the Maccabees will look for continued success against Drexel. Dating back to October 2016, Yeshiva is undefeated in their four regular season matchups against the Drexel Dragons. Drexel will look to turn that around in their final game of the weekend on Sunday. Their Saturday consists of three games against Neumann, Montclair and Temple.
The story of Division 4 this season has to be Slippery Rock as they have yet to lose against any of the ECRHA teams that are in D4. The Pride will go against Northeastern and Stony Brook for the second time this season after they beat both teams by at least ten goals back in Old Bethpage. In between those two games will be a non-conference game against Neumann. Stony Brook’s D4 club has only score seven goals through their first four games, but they have managed to record two shutout wins in the process. One of those wins came against Northeastern University, who the Seawolves will begin their Saturday afternoon against. Following that will be a tilt against Slippery Rock and a non-conference game between Montclair which accounts for their final game of the day. The Huskies of Northeastern will look for revenge as their only two games of the weekend will come against Slippery Rock and Stony Brook. Northeastern lost to both teams back in Old Bethpage.