RESULTS – JAN 23

Results:

Bowdoin 5 Conn Coll 0

Amherst 4 Castleton 1

Colby 5 Tufts 3

Williams 3 NEC 2

St. Anselm 4 Middlebury 0

Norwich 7 Trinity 4

Hamilton 4 Skidmore 3

St. Mike’s 3 Wesleyan 2

Standings:

1.Bowdoin: 8-3-0 (16 pts)

Amherst: 7-2-2 (16 pts)

3. Colby: 6-2-2 (15 pts)

4. Williams: 7-3-0 (14 pts)

5. Middlebury: 4-2-4 (12 pts)

Trinity 5-3-2 (12 pts)

7.Hamilton: 5-5-1 (11 pts)

8. Tufts: 4-6-1 (9 pts)

9. Conn College: 2-8-1 (5 pts)

10. Wesleyan: 2-8-0 (4 pts)

Amherst and Bowdoin continue to hold down the number one spot together, with Colby just 1 point out. Middlebury has a difficult weekend, dropping 2 games in New Hampshire to ECAC East teams NEC and St. Anselm and falling off the pace, but will have a shot at righting the ship next weekend when it hosts Colby and Bowdoin. Williams slogs along, standing just 2 points out of first but with a game in hand and showing the ability to bounce right back after its bad Jan 16-17 weekend. Trinity hangs tough against undefeated Norwich for much of the game but in the end falls to the powerhouse Cadets. The remaining 4 teams–Hamilton, Tufts, Conn College, and Wesleyan–lag behind the 6 leaders and are unlikely to challenge for home ice during the play-offs.

Amherst downs Castleton State, 4-1, in a bland but disciplined outing. It takes the lead in the first period and never looks back in running its unbeaten streak to 11 games and sweeping Skidmore and Castleton State on the road. Amherst looks to be the best positioned in the NESCAC for the stretch run as, but for a difficult trip to Maine coming up, it has already played all of the tough teams in the interlock and has a relatively easy schedule ahead of it.

Bowdoin thoroughly dominates Conn College as it jumps out to an early 3-0 lead in the first period and controls play from start to finish, outshooting the weak Camels by 43-12. Richard Nerland gets the shut-out (Nerland and Chris Rossi have been alternating since Rossi recovered from an injury) in the 5-0 win but is barely tested and Captain Colin MacCormack scores 3 points (1-2-3). The Polar Bears play superb hockey this weekend in dominating both Tufts and Conn College and have battled through injuries to several key players but the real test will come next weekend when they make the long trek to Williamstown and Middlebury for tough road games with Williams and the struggling Panthers.

Colby runs its unbeaten streak to 13 as it downs the once high-flying Tufts Jumbos. With their  5th consecutive loss, Tufts shows signs that it may be a poor team with a fabulous goaltender in Scott Barchard.  Colby dominates Tufts in much the same fashion as Bowdoin did on Friday night, outshooting the Jumbos by a wide margin (35-19) and controlling the game throughout regardless of the final 2-goal margin of victory. Perhaps the crazy USCHO poll participants will, at long last, show a little of that overdue love for the White Mules and give them the national ranking that they so clearly deserve.  But then again maybe the Mules would prefer and will be better off to continue their quiet glide just below the radar at least through the upcoming pair of road games with Middlebury and Williams.

Williams takes an early 3-0 lead less than 2 minutes into the second period over NEC on the road but struggles to hold onto the win as NEC scores late goals in both the second and third periods to make the game closer than it should have been. Heralded frosh Eric Rubino has one of his best games with a 1-1-2 stat line in the 3-2 win. Next up for the Ephmen? They host the Bowdoin Polar Bears on Friday and face surging Colby on Saturday.

St. Anselm shuts out Middlebury 4-0, sending the Panthers to their second straight road loss on the weekend, which also brought the Panther’s 9-game unbeaten streak to a screeching halt. Max Kennedy is in goal for the entire game and makes 27 saves. Since the Panthers do not score any goals, the defeat can hardly be laid at Kennedy’s feet.  Frosh phenom Matthieu Dubuc does not play for Middlebury today. Middlebury hosts Colby on Friday and Bowdoin on Saturday and has  ample opportunity to play itself back into contention as it usually does well when entertaining the Maine teams in Kenyon Arena.

Trinity battles Norwich very hard for two periods before a late charge by the balanced and high-scoring Cadets seals a 7-4 win in Northfield, VT. Norwich takes a 2-1 lead in the first period but Trinity battles back to take a 3-2 lead at the 5:07 mark of the second period only to turn around and surrender 2 quickies to Norwich. Trinity battles back to tie the game at 4-4 in the last minute of the second period, only to wilt in the face of a Norwich surge in the third period, surrendering 3 goals, including a short-handed empty netter. Still a very good effort by the Bantams on the road that suggests they have the potential to put it all together.

Hamilton downs Skidmore, 4-3, on a very late tie-breaking goal by d-man Brandon Broad (19:35 of the third period). Chris Lorenc has a productive afternoon with a 2-1-3 stat line. Scott Hefferman gets the call in goal, ending Calvin Bartel’s brief stint as the primary goalie for the Continentals.

Wesleyan continues its struggle as it falls to a weak St. Mike’s team in a road game in Vermont. St. Mike’s jumps out to  3-1 lead in the second period and the Cardinals cannot quite make up the difference, falling 3-2 and maintaining its tight grip on last place in the NESCAC.

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