HARMAR TWP., Pa. — Duquesne entered their final home weekend of the season having already been eliminated from playoff contention, but still with everything to prove. A team that hasn’t quite lived up to the level of last year’s looked to end on a high note and send their current three seniors out as winners.
On Friday, juniors Ryan Brawley and Sean Martin each had two points in Duquesne’s 4-2 victory over Temple. Martin’s two goals were unassisted, as well as Brawley’s second goal (an empty-netter to seal the win). Brawley’s first was assisted by freshman forward Charlie Carlson and junior forward Peter Sinagra.
On Saturday, Thomas Diffendal, Ben Korpiel, and Zack Richey played in their final home game for the Dukes. What a game it was for each of them. Richey and Diffendal led the team with three points each, with Richey netting a hat trick in the 9-8 shootout victory over Slippery Rock and captain Thomas Diffendal scoring a goal and assisting on two others for freshman defenseman Daniel Bigley and junior forward Tim Freed. Overall, 13 players had points for the Dukes over the weekend, excluding the speedy freshman Manny Mancha with a big shootout goal on Saturday.
MAJOR FOCUS: Duquesne seniors leave Alpha Ice Complex for the last time with a weekend sweep over Temple and Slippery Rock
Weekend scores from around the CHMA:
Temple 2, Duquesne 4
Pitt 5, Drexel 2
Robert Morris 4, Delaware 5
Slippery Rock 3, St. Bonaventure 6
Niagara 6, John Carroll 1
Kent State 5, Mercyhurst 1
West Virginia 4, Eastern Michigan 3
Slippery Rock 8, Duquesne 9 (SO)
Pitt 3, Drexel 0
Robert Morris 3, Delaware 4 (SO)
John Carroll 0, Canisius 4
Mercyhurst 2, Kent State 6
West Virginia 1, Eastern Michigan 3
Temple 0, IUP 5
John Carroll 2, Niagara 5
No changes have occurred in the CHMA standings since last week. The playoffs have been decided. The top six have each locked up a spot. Slippery Rock can lock up the #3 seed (and avoid meeting Pitt in the second round of the playoffs) with a John Carroll loss. Robert Morris and West Virginia will not play their 14th conference games because their previously canceled game from Morgantown will not be rescheduled.
|Team||W||L||OTL||Points||Games Played (Out of 14)|
* = denotes CHMA playoff team
** = denotes regular season champion and the conference’s automatic national tournament bid.
In the playoffs, No. 3 Slippery Rock will face No. 6 IUP on Friday, Feb. 23 at Mercyhurst Ice Center. No. 4 John Carroll will face No. 5 Mercyhurst.
No. 1 Pitt will play the lowest remaining seed on Saturday, with No. 2 Robert Morris playing the highest remaining seed.
The championship game will be on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Remaining regular-season CHMA games:
Friday, Feb. 16: John Carroll @ Pitt, 9:30 p.m. Alpha Ice Complex (Pitt Senior Night)
Check out the ACHA schedule here for other upcoming ACHA games.