The ECRHA playoffs will take place this weekend, March 4th to March 6th, in Feasterville, PA. The 6-6 Cortland Red Dragons finished the season in 4th place overall in Division III. They have been placed in "Pool A" with newly appointed number one seed Scranton University, fifth seeded Oswego State, and eighth place Ramapo College. Game one takes place on Friday night at 11:40 PM against SUNY rival Oswego State. The Red Dragons will look to redeem themselves for last weekends 5-1 loss against the Lakers. Game two will be held at 12 noon on Saturday against Ramapo College. Cortland won the pre-season match up with the Roadrunners handily, 8-1, behind strong goaltending by Ross Midgen. The regular season match up between the Roadrunners and the Red Dragons, came down to the wire. The Dragons scored in the final 13 seconds in the game to seal the win. The final game of the Pool Play Round will be against Scranton University. In their pre-season meeting, Cortland tied the Royals. However, in the regular season meeting, the Royals dropped Cortland by the score of 10-6. With the score tied at 6 early in the third period, the Red Dragons saw Scranton score two power play goals. Penalties were the downfall of Cortland. The Red Dragons will look to correct their miscues and defeat the Royals this time around.
After Pool Play ends, the Knockout Stage will begin. A 3-0 record in the Pool Play Round will guarantee Cortland a spot in the semi-finals, clinching a bye past the quarter finals round. If Cortland comes in second or third in the Pool Play Round, they will be forced to play in the quarter finals on Saturday night in a crossover game with "Pool B's" second or third seeded team. An 0-3 record in Pool Play will send Cortland on a long trek home. The ECRHA finals will take place on Sunday afternoon.
Come out and support the Red Dragons as their quest for the ECRHA D-III Championship commences this weekend.
Final ECRHA D-III Standings
Scranton- 11-1 (22 points)
UMass- Amherst- 9-2-1 (19 points)
Queens- 9-3 (18 points)
Cortland- 6-6 (12 points)
Oswego- 5-5-2 (12 points)
Lehigh- 5-7 (10 points)
Ithaca- 4-8 (8 points)
Syracuse- 4-8 (8 points) - Syracuse denied bid to playoffs, Ramapo takes their spot.
Ramapo- 4-8 (8 points)
Loyola- 3-7-2 (8 points)
Top Point Scorers For Each Team
Scranton- Jeremy Dublon 24 points (13 G, 11 A)
UMass-Amherst- Jonathan Aprile 41 points (29 G, 12 A)
Queens- Thomas Esposito 50 points (27 G, 23 A)
Cortland- Tommy Farr 23 points (13 G, 10 A)
Oswego- William Farr 13 points (9 G, 4 A)
Lehigh- Steve Trombetta 20 points (13 G, 7 A)
Ithaca- Brian Wojcik 27 points (17 G, 10 A)
Syracuse- Timothy Freyburger 21 points (14 G, 7 A)
Ramapo- Joe Venezia 27 points (16 G, 11 A)
Loyola- Mike Brolly 35 points (25 G, 10 A)