PCRHL Weekend Recap: March 2, 2014:
Tier 1 W5-2 vs Kutztown University:
While not playing each other for almost a year, Drexel and Kutztown University went head to head in a close hockey game this past Sunday night. After several minutes of play, Kutztown shocked Drexel with a deke around both a defender and the goaltender to establish an early lead. The very next play, Drexel defender Jeff Conway made several dekes of his own, making Kutztown in a state of confusion before sniping the puck under the bar to tie the game. The second period was the same story, with Kutztown scoring early and Drexel tieing up with another solo offensive effort by Corey DeMarco. Goaltender Adrian Orio made several key saves toward the end of the second period to keep the game a tie going into the third. Drexel stepped up in the third period with three consecutive goals, terminating all hopes and dreams of Kutztown for the evening. These teams will meet two more times before playoffs in late April.
Tier 2 Widener University L 3-11:
This past Sunday's meeting with Widener University marked the second straight week that the Dragons were pitted against a higher division opponent. Keeping this in mind, Drexel entered the game with a primarily defensive focus in order to shut down a Widener roster which was filled with highly skilled scorers. Widener's skill players made their presence known early with two quick goals to start the first period. Despite this, Coach Dane Ward's defensive game plan initially produced dividends with forward Steve Calabro turning a poke check into a break-away goal. However, Widener continued the offensive pressure with close to 14 shots in the period which led to four additional goals. Down five goals to two entering the second period, the Dragons attempted to regain a defensive stance but to no avail as the Widener offensive continued to put shots on net. This pressure ultimately led to the Dragons falling to Widener, 11 goals to 3.
PCRHL Weekend Recap: February 22, 2014
L 5-2 vs St. Joe's University.
The game of St. Joe's vs Drexel was a highly anticipated game, for these two teams are likely to play each other in playoffs. However, St. Joe's proved to be the better team that night. Within minutes of the opening faceoff, St. Joe's offense was able to put the puck through a defender's legs before roofing it past goaltender Orio. Corey DeMarco answered several minutes later, wristing the puck right where grandma hides the cookie jar to tie it 1-1. However, St. Joe's danced around Drexel's defense again to take a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period. During the second period, the Dragon's offense lacked organization and defense failed to take the body, allowing St. Joe's to score three unanswered goals. During the third period, Drexel was able to play a tighter defensive game, which created several offensive chances leading to a tic-tac-toe play from Zach Harrison to Brendan Mullen to Corey DeMarco to Pete Albano tapping the puck behind the goalie for their second goal. However, the Dragons failed to score again, resulting in a 5-2L.
L 3-0 vs Cabrini(T1).
The Dragons came into their matchup with Cabrini College knowing a difficult contest was in store considering the Cavaliers are a Tier I team. The 1st period provided the first glimpses of the defensive matchup that was to continue throughout the game. Goalie Dave Gatter clearly put last week's loss to UPenn out of his mind as he made clutch save after clutch save and the Dragons entered the 2nd period only down a single goal. The 2nd period proved difficult as Drexel put shots on net but could not seem to find the twine. Strong defensive play was on display again especially from newcomer Mac Olean whose stick checks stopped several odd-man rushes. As the 3rd period began, the Dragons demonstrated offensive urgency through dump-and-chase plays as well as efficient cycling of the puck between defensemen and wingers. However, despite continued pressure, the Dragons were unable to get the win, falling 3-0 to Cabrini.
Drexel Pizza Fundraiser 2/20
We will be hosting a fundraising event for the club next Thursday, 2/20 from 5-8pm at Drexel Pizza 107 N 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Come out and support the club by grabbing a bite to eat!
Also check out our facebook event:
PCRHL Weekend Recap: February 16, 2014
Tier1 W 8-5 vs Widener University:
Despite Drexel's defensive downfall, the team was still able to defeat Widener with 8 goals. Anticipating an easy win over a low-ranked team, Drexel focused on offense more than defense. Widener took advantage, scoring first after dancing around two defenders watching the puck instead of the body. Defenseman Brendan Mullen tied up the game minutes later, but Widener scored again in nearly the same fashion as they did their first goal. Tim Lopez responded with a nasty slapshot to bring the game back 2-2. However, Widener was able to sneak another goal in before the end of the first period. After coach Dane Ward pointed out the defensive flaws, the team tightened up in front of their goalie and created a strong forecheck, leading to 3 unanswered goals; one by Pete Albano and two by Corey DeMarco. At the beginning of the third period, Drexel's defense loosened up again, allowing Widener deke and score two more times. However, Drexel rebounded again, with goals from Steve Utain, another by Lopez, and a breakaway by DeMarco to finish his hatrick in the last minute of the game. Although Drexel was able to get the win and push their 1st place record to 6-1-0, they will have to play a much better game next week against 2nd place rival St. Joseph's University.
Tier2 L 4-5 vs UPenn:
Drexel entered Sunday’s game versus the University of Pennsylvania looking to right the ship after last week’s disappointing, 8-2 loss versus Villanova. As has been the case at times this season, the Dragons play during the 1st period was filled with mental lapses leading to a 3-0 Penn lead at the conclusion of the period. During the intermission, Head Coach Dane Ward pushed the team to recognize and fix their flaws. Seemingly reenergized, Drexel proceeded to play some of their best hockey of the season during the upcoming periods. The offense finally began to click as Drexel got on the board by way of an impressive tic-tac-toe passing play leading to a tip in by forward Jusin Agren. However, the few defensive lapses the Dragons did commit led to Penn goals and the Dragons headed into the third period down 5 goals to 2. The third period showed much of the same play as the 2nd, with the Dragons controlling the play and peppering the Penn goaltender with 15 shots. Forwards Dylan Jervis and Steve Utain contributed to this total by sniping home one goal a piece to bring the Dragon’s within one goal of their opponent. In the final seconds of the game, a pass from Dylan Jervis to Alex Valiga was tipped into the Penn net just seconds after the buzzer sounded, sealing a close, 4-5 loss to Penn.
PCRHL Weekend Recap: February 9, 2014
W 3-2 vs. UPenn: Goaltender Orio made several acrobatic saves to prevent UPenn from scoring early in the first period. When Drexel's defense developed into a more organized unit, they created several offensive rushes which allowed forwards Corey Demarco and freshman Ray Rindone to blast the puck past the goaltender for a 2-0 nothing lead going into the second period. However, UPenn fought back and scored in the second period by skating around defensemen before deking around the goalie to make it 2-1. Demarco later capitalized off another shot with a fast backhand, putting the puck over the goaltender's shoulder to make it 3-1. The third period tested Drexel's defense. UPenn was able to set up many shots, but Drexel defenders used their body and sacrificed themselves to stop pucks from getting on net. Although UPenn was able to score again in the third period, they were unable to score in the last minutes of the game with their goalie pulled. With a win of 3-2, Drexel Tier I is now 4-1-0 and currently first in the PCRHL.
The Dragons returned to the floor after a lengthy 2 month holiday absence so all the players were eager to put skills developed in practice to work in a game against Villanova. The 1st period was a hard fought one for both teams as each traded multiple chances. Drexel Goaltender Dave Gatter made several key saves during this time but his defenseman's costly turnover in the defensive zone led to Villanova striking first. While only down a goal, the Dragons' offensive pressure in the Villanova zone led to several odd-man rushes the other direction, on which Villanova capitalized several times. At the beginning of the third period, Drexel found themselves down four goals and upped the offensive pressure accordingly which quickly yielded results as Alex Valiga found the net on a back-handed effort. This momentum shift was short-lived though, as Villanova converted another four goals during the period to down the Dragons 8-2.
PCRHL Weekend Recap 11/17
Drexel went 2-1 this weekend in the PCRHL with T1 winning both their games. T2 however had a challenging upset vs Villanova 2. Below is the full recap.
PCRHL T1 games recap:
W 4-3 vs. Villanova: After a slow start, TI achieved a win-from-behind from a 0-2 deficit to a 4-3 victory after scoring the game-winning goal in the final 30 seconds of the game. The power play unit was the determining factor by going 2/2 on the man advantage allowing them to score on both opportunities.
W 10-0 vs West Chester: Complete domination by all team-members. Great game with a big upset for West Chester.
PCRHL T2 games recap:
L 5-1 vs Villanova 2. T2 struggled to keep up with Villanova as they scored consistently throughout the game. Late in the third period, Dylan Jervis managed to capitalize on a breakaway to put one up on the board for Drexel. Dave Gatter (G) kept Villanova at bay by standing on his head, making amazing saves for all three periods.
ECRHA regular season opener
Drexel University Roller Hockey Club’s ECRHA team skates into its first regular season action of the season with four games at Marple Sports Arena in Broomall, PA this weekend.
Game schedule as follows:
10/26 – 7am vs. St. Joseph’s University
10/26 – 2pm vs. Slippery Rock University
10/26 – 10pm vs. Shippensburg University
10/27 – 2pm vs. St. Joseph’s University
Returning to the team from last year are forwards Brian DiPaolo, Jeff Kelley, Jim Litchkowski, and Pat Skokan. New to the team but not the club is PCRHL veteran Zak Harrison. Rookie Luke Albright rounds out the offense.
On defense, returning players are Matt Baer and A.J. Kuzniarowicz. Tim Lopez and Brendan Mullen join the team after spending last year with the club’s PCRHL team. Rookie Zach Dennis completes the defense.
Serving as goaltenders are James Halko and Adrian Orio. Both return from last year’s squad.
2013-2014 TRYOUTS ANNOUNCEMENT
Philadelphia, Pa - The Drexel University Roller Hockey Club is Pleased to annouce Tryouts for the 2013-2014 Season. This year, the club will be fielding four teams. One playing nationally in the NCRHA, and three playing locally in the PCRHL. Players of all skill levels are encouraged to attend.All Players who intend of playing during the 2013-2014 season, you MUST attend tryouts.
Where: Northeast Racquet Club, 9379 Wallingford Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19115 When: Saturday, September 28 10am-1pm Cost: $20 per person Registration for this event will begin at 9:00am and we will hit the floor promptly at 10am. We will be carpooling to the rink from Drexel Pizza at 8:30am. Please email President James Halko:email@example.com for any questions
New Website Launch
Letter From The CIO
Welcome to the new Drexel Roller Hockey Website. My name is Stephen Calabro, and I am the CIO for Drexel Roller Hockey. My goal with the new website is to reach out within our school and local communities through new technologies and social media portals like facebook and twitter. We intend to include all information about the team, both current and past, within the website. We also have plans for keeping alumni as involved as possible. Check back each week as we will have updated game and roster information, photo galleries, as well as a list of current events and team news. Please email me if you have any suggestions firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks and enjoy.
CIO - Drexel Roller Hockey