Great Plains Teams Show Dominance at MCRHL Inter-Regional EventGPCIHL February 5th, 2015 at 4:07PM February 5th, 2015 10:14PM
Palatine, IL – Five Great Plains teams headed to Palatine, IL this past weekend for the Midwest Collegiate Roller Hockey League (MCRHL) inter-regional event and faired very well. Those five teams had a combined fourteen wins and three losses (two losses were in overtime) and outscored their opponents 124 to 49. Below is a recap of each team’s performance at the event.
Currently Bethel’s division-1 team is in second place in the Great Plains region and is proving to the nation they will be a force to reckon with at nationals this coming April. The Wildcats went 3-1 this past weekend with their only loss coming against the ECRHA Challenge Cup runner-up Michigan State (D1) by the score of 7-5. Bethel’s wins came against Miami-Ohio (D1), Grand Valley State (D1), and Michigan (D1). The division-1 Wildcats seem to play their best against the best and that’s why everyone should keep an eye out for them to make a difference come April.
The defending division-1 national champions, Lindenwood University, were back on track after losing in the semifinals to Neumann (D1) in the ECRHA Challenge Cup. The Lions won all four of their games against Michigan (D1), Miami-Ohio (D1), Michigan State (D1), and Grand Valley State (D1). Grand Valley State (D1) gave the Lions a run for their money on Sunday in which Lindenwood prevailed 4-3. Lindenwood outscored their opponents 35 to 7 in Palatine and remained at the top of the Great Plains division-1 standings.
Illinois State moved to the top of the Great Plains division-2 standings with three wins against Western Michigan (D2), Purdue (D2), and DePaul (D2). Illinois State’s most impressive victory was against the top division-2 team in the MCRHL, Western Michigan by the score of 7-6 in overtime. The Redbirds looked solid all weekend and will be a team to beat in GPCIHL Regional Championships.
Bethel’s division-3 team played well this past weekend but only was rewarded with one victory. The D3-Wildcats went 1-2 with both losses coming in overtime. Bethel’s best game may have come against Michigan State (D3) where the Wildcats lost 5-6 in overtime. Bethel’s only victory came against Grand Valley State (D3) by the score of 4-0. The Wildcats are only two points behind Lindenwood Black (D3) for the second place spot in the Great Plains division-3 standings.
The defending b-division (now division-3) national champions, Lindenwood University, continued their strong play with two victories over rival Michigan State (D3) and a win against Grand Valley State (D3). The Lions were coming off of a road trip to Mt. Pleasant, PA where they won the ECRHA Challenge Cup with a 3-0 victory over Neumann (D3) in the championship. Though they were handed a loss from Michigan State (D3) in Mt. Pleasant, they rebounded with two wins against the Spartans in Palatine. The D3-Gold Lions outscored their opponents 23 to 7 in Palatine and sit comfortably in first place in the Great Plains division-3 standings.
The Great Plains Collegiate Inline Hockey League (GPCIHL) teams will be back in action for the first time this semester this coming weekend. Games will be played at Matteson Square Garden in St. Peters, MO on Saturday and Midwest Sport Hockey in Ballwin, MO Saturday and Sunday