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Both teams will travel to
The D1 Team went into regionals putting their ECRHA
undefeated streak on the line. They would play Stony Brook first and win in
decisive fashion 10-1. Tyler Walser had 5 goals and 2 assists in the effort.
Next, the Wings would play
The B squad went into regionals needing a championship to
receive a bid to Nationals. They would start off the campaign against Suffolk
CC. They would beat them 6-2. Jeff Elias had 5 points in the win. Next the
Wings would play Stony Brook. They beat them with ease 6-1. Elias had a hat
trick while his linemate Bryan Feiler added 3 assists. Next they would have to
By the Numbers:
2nd time in 3 years both teams have won the ECRHA Championship. 3rd Straight year both will get bids to Nationals
D1-Tyler Walser led all players in the tournament with 27 points and 16 goals. Chris Kendall led all players with 14 assists. Had 3 of the top 4 scores in the tournament (Tyler Walser, Chris Kendall, Alex Durinka). Alexx Christie led all goaltenders in wins (5), GAA (2.00), and save percentage (.902).This was their 2nd ECRHA Championship in 3 years. They have made it to the ECRHA Championship game the last 4 years (2-2 record). This is their 7th straight year of getting a bid to the National Tournament. This year was their first D1 Regular season championship. They were undefeated in Conference play as well.
B-Bryan Feiler led all players in assists (9). The Wings had the number 2-6 scorers in the tournament (Bryan Feiler, Jeff Elias, Dan Vrana, John McLaughlin, Nick Narchus). Goaltender Ben Kozar was first in GAA (2.70) and 2nd in save percentage (.888). He also played a game as player and added a goal. This was their second ECRHA championship in 3 years. This is the 3rd straight year they will get a bid to Nationals
Clip These Wings
What's In A Name?
We begin today's recap with a bit of an English lesson:
1. To intimidate, as by a display of confidence or authority: "The Wing's storied history buffaloed many of their ECRHA opponents this year."
2. To deceive; hoodwink: "With a 9 man roster at nationals they were able to buffalo many opponents at this year's national tournament."
3. To confuse; bewilder: "The amount of toe drags I saw Tyler Walser perform this year was absolutely buffaloing."*
*Note: All joking aside I am serious I've never seen a team toe drag so much in my entire life.
The Wings often had to rely
on the stellar goaltending of Alexx Christie who led the entire nation in saves
made (810) and was fourth in the NCRHA in save percentage (.881). If the
Wings hope to advance past the final four next year, they will have to be a
little more defensively sound. With the amount of shots Christie faces on
average per game it’s a matter of time before the proverbial straw breaks the
camel’s back as it did in the 9-1 loss to
With only an eight man roster this year during the national final and losing five of those eight players SUNY Buffalo is going to be at a serious issue keeping themselves as the pinnacle of the ECRHA, after such a strong showing at this year's National Tournament.
They look like they're definitely going to have it together for the 2010-2011 season expect The Wings to fight tooth and nail to retain it's position as the "Beast of The East".
2009-2010 Season Recap
No matter how you cut it a structure is only as good as it’s foundation; and a franchise in the ECRHA is no different. The State University of New York at Buffalo is privy to one of the best B teams in the nation and in 2009-2010 that was shown as the SUNY Buffalo Wings won the ECRHA on the back of team President Bryan Feiler who for the second year in a row produced 40 plus points in 16 regular season games and 22 points this year in the playoffs. Feiler holds his club to a gold standard in terms of recruitment and professionalism and while he is at the helm of the Wings they won’t stray far from the tops of the standings nationwide.
It’s often hard to point the finger directly at any one player or person while a team enjoys such success but one can call into question the discipline of forward Nick Narchus who produced 18 goals overall in all contests this season. Narchus racked up enforcer like minutes as he spent 88 minutes in the sin bin in only 22 contests. The B Wings need to make sure to keep its players from straying too wild if indeed they want to be able to keep themselves in the upper echelon of NCRHA franchises.
With the big squad loosing quite a few players next season the B team may find itself a bit depleted in terms of numbers and point producers. Especially with the talent it boasts. Decisions will have to be made in order to ensure the success of Wings in 2011
Once again look no further
than President Bryan Feiler for a quote on next year’s outlook