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A couple of nice surprises today:

Tufts 5 Castleton 2 (championship game of the Rutland Herald Invitational)

Williams 5 Manhattanville 1 (nonconference game at Manhattanville)

Other results:

Amherst 6 Wesleyan 1 (championship game of the Spurrier Tournament)

Trinity 6 Conn College 3 (consolation game of the Spurrier Tournament)

USA Under-18 Team 10 Bowdoin 2 (Bowdoin/Colby Faceoff at Bowdoin)

Colby 5 Salve Regina 1 (Bowdoin/Colby Faceoff at Bowdoin)

Overall impressions of the weekend? A superb weekend for Tufts as it continues to surprise almost everyone; an excellent weekend for Amherst as it easily wins its tournament and continues to play very solid hockey; a very good weekend for Williams as it follows a tie with always strong Babson with a very nice win over ECAC West powerhouse Manhattanville (rated 4th nationally); a decent showing for Middlebury in the Primelink as it plays Plattsburgh (rated 3rd nationally) tough and then easily defeats Wisconsin-Stout (rated 7th nationally); so-so weekends for Trinity and Wesleyan as each splits their games; mediocre-to-poor  weekends for Bowdoin and Colby as each beats hapless Salve Regina and loses badly to the highly skilled USA Under-18 team; and a poor weekend for Conn College which runs its winless streak to 4.

Other impressions: For Tufts, goaltender Scott Barchard was great as usual, saving 28 of 30 shots, but the rest of the team was not too shabby either. Ryan Purdy turned in an outstanding performance in net for Williams, saving 43 of Manhattanville 44 SOGs, while Alex Smigelski and RPI transfer Ben Contini paced the offense. The Amherst-Wesleyan game was a low-shooting affair, with neither team topping 20 SOGs (Wesleyan’s frosh netminder Matt Hadge had a disastrous second game, allowing 6 of 20 SOGs to cross the goal line); Amherst’s Holy Cross transfer, Joe Brock, came to life as a playmaker, registering 4 assists. The Trinity-Conn College game was also a low-shooting affair (scorekeeper issues in Middletown??), with just 20 SOGs for Trinity and 22 for Conn College; Conn College’s stellar netminder, Greg Parker, was given the day off, turning over tender duties to Andrew Margolin. Bowdoin hung in there with the high-flying USA Under-18 Team for the first 2 periods but netminder Richard Nerland melted down in the 3rd period, allowing 5 goals on 12 shots.

Up next: Well-rested Hamilton takes on Utica of the ECAC West in another OCC game on Monday night.


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