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Mar
09

ECAC Northeast Round 1 Recap

                                                    

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ECAC Northeast Round 1 Review        

With the Division 3 ECAC Northeast playoffs under way, we here at loge19 want to give you a break down of Round 1 and also stay tuned for an update of Round 2 and the Championship. 

Matchup 1

(1) Nichols vs. (8) Westfield State

The top-seeded Nichols College men’s hockey team advanced to the ECAC Northeast semifinals with an 8-1 victory over eighth-seeded Westfield State Saturday evening at June Rockwell Levy Rink. The Bison finished the night 6-for-14 on the power play and were led by four points from sophomore forward Matt Roberts (Merrimac, Mass.), who recorded a pair of goals and two assists.  Nichols (23-3-0), currently ranked 14thin the nation, will host fifth-seeded Fitchburg State in the semifinals Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. Fitchburg upset fourth-seeded UMass-Dartmouth in the quarterfinals.

We obviously don’t have much to say about this game.  Eighth seed Westfield drew 14 penalites against #1 seed Nichols……………enough said.

 

Matchup 2

(4) Wentworth vs. (5) Becker

Senior forward Joey Sides (Sun Valley, Idaho) and freshman forward Forrest Ellis (Pembroke, N.H.) each scored two goals, while junior goalie Justin Marriott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) stopped 33 of 34 shots to record his school record 17thwin of the season as the Wentworth hockey team won extended its winning streak to a school record nine games with a 5-1 win over Becker in an ECAC Northeast Quarterfinal game played at Matthews Arena.

The win improves third-seeded Wentworth’s record to 17-7-1 and the Leopards have accumulated the most wins since the 2002-2003 squad went 21-5-3.  Wentworth advances to the conference semifinals where the Leopards will travel to second-seeded Curry (20-4-2) on Wednesday night at 7:35 p.m.  The two teams skated to a 6-all tie on Jan. 23 after the Leopards had tied the game with 26.2 seconds left in regulation.  Becker ends its season at 11-14-1.

-Wentworth Sports Information-

Being this year’s #5 seed, Becker College Men’s Ice Hockey has put themselves on the map.  Wentworth is always a tough first round opponent to draw.  Wentworth is one of the top teams year after year in the ECAC Northeast and anytime you draw a team of their skill level in the first round you better come prepared.  Although Becker College may have come prepared for this one, their fate almost seemed determined.  Becker’s two regular season matchups against Wentworth resulted in a dismal 6-1 loss at the Ice Breaker Tournament, and a 10-0 loss at home against the Leopards.  Getting to the playoffs is a start, a good starting point for next year.

Matchup 3

(3) UMass Dartmouth vs. (6) Fitchburg State

The Fitchburg State men’s ice hockey team stunned defending champion UMass Dartmouth as it registered a 3-2 victory this evening in ECAC Northeast quarterfinal action.

Fitchburg State (13-8-5) registered its fifth consecutive victory with the win and now awaits its seeding for the ECAC Northeast semifinals on Wednesday, March 4th. UMass Dartmouth concludes its season with an overall record of 16-8-2. 

Clearly the stronger team won this matchup.  Robert Vorse (ECAC Northeast Goalie of the Year) made 42 saves to oust UMass Dartmouth and lead Fitchburg State to Round 2 of the playoffs.  This is a matchup between 2 consistently strong teams year after year, with a 1 goal differential I’m sure this was a barnburner to watch. 

Matchup 4

(2) Curry vs. (7) Johnson & Wales

The Johnson & Wales University hockey team dropped an 8-2 decision against Curry in the quarterfinals of the ECAC Northeast Championship at The Max Ulin Rink Saturday evening.

With the loss Johnson & Wales wraps up the 2009 campaign with a 9-14-3 mark  while Curry improves to 20-4-2 for the year.  Curry advances to Wednesday’s ECAC Northeast Semifinals.

 

There we have it loge19 fans, stay tuned for a Round 2 update!


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