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Knights Advance in NCRHA Championship

by David Deal


The Neumann Knights Roller Hockey Club continued their impressive start in the preliminary games before the National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (NCRHA) national championship tournament begins on Thursday evening.

In pre-tournament seeding match-ups on Wednesday, April 9, the Knights beat the University of Colorado, 7-3, and the Spartans of Michigan State, 5-3, and then concluded the opening round with a 3-0 shutout victory versus UNLV on Thursday, April 10.

Against Colorado, the Knights notched five goals in the second period to take a commanding lead. Shane Fox, Jake Miller and Thomas Youmans each scored two goals in the win. In their second game of the day, Neumann needed a four-goal third period to edge Michigan State. Anthony Ehinger scored two goals, and Nick Allison added a goal and two assists in the victory. Michael Maczynski was outstanding in goal, netting 28 saves.Maczynski followed with a 14-save performance for the shutout versus UNLV in the club's final game in pool play.  

With the impressive performance, Neumann received a first-round bye in the single-elimination bracket and will square off versus the winner of the Central Florida/Eastern Michigan matchup at 2:15 pm on Friday, April 11.  

Twenty-four teams are invited by the NCRHA to participate in the national tournament. Single-elimination play begins on April 10 at 6:30 p.m. and continues through Friday, April 11 (12:15-10:45 p.m.), to determine the Final Four. National semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday, April 12, in the afternoon with the puck dropping for the national title game on April 12 at 7:30 p.m.


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