Division 3 currently has one of the most dominating teams in the ECRHA in their division, as sitting in first place currently is Farmingdale (6-0), and throughout those six games, Farmingdale has scored 46 goals themselves and only allowed 6 goals. However, looking through at Rowan (6-4), Cortland (4-3), and Neumann (3-2-1), as is a common theme in all of the divisions in the ECRHA, do not count anyone out. In Division 3, all 6 teams will be invited to the new double elimination playoff style bracket, so all six teams will get the chance to play for a regional title, which could show us that with a little over half of a season remaining, Division 3 very clearly is anyone’s ballgame.
In Division 3, goaltender Daniel Perepezko is one who stands out immediately statistically. Daniel currently has 4 of Farmingdale’s 6 wins, with a miniscule 0.75 GAA, and a 96.5 Save percentage, amazing numbers from a goaltender. In the scoring race, James Kolokathis is off to a great start with 22 points in 5 games, closely followed by Nicholas Klausner and Joshua McShane of Rowan, both with 17 points so far throughout the year.
It is still very early in the Division 4 year, as RIT and St. Joseph’s (NY) have the most games played at 6. However, if one thing can be said for certain, it is that the two undefeated teams in this division so far, RIT and Syracuse, can score goals. RIT currently sits in first at 6-0, and in those six games, have scored 57 goals, an average of 9.5 goals per game. Meanwhile, Syracuse, tied for second in the division, has scored 30 goals in their 3 games, a 10 goal per game average. Crazy numbers by these two schools. As mentioned however, it’s still fairly early in the year for many of the D4 teams. To summarize your standings currently, RIT sits atop the division at 6-0. Meanwhile, Farmingdale (3-1) and Syracuse (3-0) are tied for the 2nd spot at the moment. St Joseph’s (2-3-1) is not far behind in the 4th position followed by Millersville (2-1). There are currently four teams with one win in D4 as Baruch (1-2-1), Niagara (1-2), Lock Haven (1-2) and Vermont (1-4) all are jostling for position, as D4 is the only division which will remain an 8 team pool play bracket at the Regional Playoff. Finally, Cornell is struggling offensively, as they currently sit at 0-2-1, however, as mentioned before, it is still very early in the season, and things could turn around quickly for the Big Red.
To no surprise based on the amount of goals for each team, Syracuse and RIT players are dominating the scoring, as Kyle Lewandowski and Samuel Murray of RIT currently sit with 24 and 23 points respectively. However, not far behind are Anthony Bellman (18 pts) and Andrew Ungvary (16 points), It will be interesting to see how the scoring leaders shift around as more teams play more games throughout the season in Division 4.
The ECRHA has had no shortage of news in 2016. With teams approaching or passing the halfway point of the season, it is only expected that we see more great games from teams. As well as more jaw dropping individual performances across all four divisions. It will certainly be a sight to see as we inch closer to the 2016-2017 Regional Championships in Feasterville, PA in March!