MCRHL Regional Championships this weekendThe 2013-14 MCRHL regular season is in the books, but the season is far from over. The best event of the season is right around the corner as we now look forward to crowning this season’s MCRHL Regional Champions.
For the third year in a row, The Rink in Shelby Township, Michigan will play host and much like this year’s winter weather, it will keep us white-knuckled and on the edge of our seat. The MCRHL Regional Championship will feature 5 Division I teams, 4 Division II teams and 4 B Division teams. Similar to previous years, teams are seeded based on their regular season standings and will face off in a double elimination format. The winner of each division will earn an automatic bid to play for the 2014 NCRHA National Championship held in Feasterville, PA April 9-14th.
Division I has been a one horse race for the top position as Michigan State has won their tenth regular season championship in as many years with 20 wins in as many games. Despite a late push by Grand Valley, Eastern Michigan played well enough to earn the second seed. The Eagles will match-up in the first round with the Lakers of Grand Valley. Although Eastern won the season series 3-2, Grand Valley has beaten EMU in the past two match-ups. The remaining match-up will feature one of the oldest rivalries in college sports: Ohio State vs. Michigan. The season series between these two is tied 2-2 and the winner will go on to play Michigan State.
Division II has gotten interesting in the past few weeks. Miami sits on the top of the standing as the number 1 seed finishing with a 16-2 record. The Redhawks will play Western Michigan in their first round matchup. The Broncos finished with 20 points on the season and made regionals for the fourth season in a row. Just beating out WMU, is the MCRHL’s newest team: Akron. The Zips beat Western Michigan 6-4 in the season finale to claim the 3rd seed by one point. They find themselves in a first round bout with possibly the hottest team in Division II: Central Michigan. The Chippewa’s hold the 2nd seed riding a 10 game win streak including two wins over Miami OH.
The B Division, similar to Division I, has been largely dominated by Michigan State: more specifically, Michigan State Green. The Spartans have been perfect at 15-0. In their first year, Michigan State White will head to Regionals as the second seed. Michigan State White will face off with the third seed, Grand Valley B in the opening round. Finally, the Wolverines of Michigan find themselves in a first round match up with Michigan State Green.
As always, all games will be Live Streamed for fans from around the country and can be found at http://mcrhl.com/page.php?page=livefeed. We are amping up our broadcast for the weekend as our very own Kyle Jones will be providing the Play by Play for the semi-finals and championship games for each division as well as select games on Saturday. Be sure to check back for the full play by play schedule.
Regional Championship action will get underway at 8am, March 1st and will continue until we crown three champions and punch three tickets to Nationals in April.
A full schedule of the weekend can be found here: http://mcrhl.com/schedule.php?event_id=1619&area=composite