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Bowdoin 4 Trinity 2

Williams 3 Babson 2

Amherst 7 NEC 2

Middlebury 5 UMB 1

Wesleyan 5 Colby 1

St Anselm 4 Hamilton 2

Tufts 4 UNE 2

Conn Coll 3 USM 2 (OT)


1. Bowdoin: 11-4-1 (23 pts)

Williams: 11-4-1 (23 pts)

Amherst: 10-3-3 (23 pts)

4. Middlebury: 9-3-4 (22 pts)

5. Trinity 9-5-2 (20 pts)

6. Hamilton: 8-7-1 (17 pts)

7. Colby: 6-6-4 (16 pts)

8. Tufts: 6-7-3 (15 pts)

9. Conn College: 5-10-1 (11 pts)

10. Wesleyan: 4-11-0 (8 pts)

The pile-up continues at the top of the standings as Bowdoin and Williams win a couple of toughies on the road and Amherst takes care of business at home versus NEC. Middlebury stays within a point of front-runners Bowdoin, Williams, and Amherst while Trinity falters against Bowdoin and is now 3 points off the pace.

Williams downs Babson in a closely played game on the road by a score of 3-2, ending Babson’s 7-game unbeaten streak.  This was probably the toughest test of Williams’ 4 remaining games so with 3 to go it is in good shape but must count on Bowdoin or Amherst to stumble in their remaining 3 games. Ryan Purdy has a rough second period for Williams, letting in 2 of 5 shots, but slams the door shut in the third period, making 12 saves as Matt Masucci breaks the tie at 8:49 with a short-handed goal.

Bowdoin jumps out to a 2-goal first-period lead and counters each of Trinity’s attempts to get back in the game for a solid 4-2 win as Chris Rossi runs his unbeaten record to 9-0-1 with another outstanding performance in this closely played game (SOGs were 38-36 in favor of Bowdoin). Brendan Reich bangs home 2 power play goals in the first period, establishing Bowdoin’s control of the game early on. Each time Trinity makes a move to get back in the game, Bowdoin counters quickly with momentum-stopping goals. Adam Houli pulls the Bantams within 1-goal at 11:46 of the second period but less than 5 minutes later Ryan Blossom restores Bowdoin’s 2-goal margin, scoring what proved to be the winning goal. Then in the third period, Jordan So once again pulls Trinity within 1 goal of the Polar Bears only to be countered almost immediately by Bowdoin’s Kyle Shearer-Hardy, who scores a goal 64 seconds later. Trinity pulls the goalie later in the period but is unable to dent Rossi further. Bowdoin faces Wesleyan tomorrow while Trinity entertains Colby in an important game for both teams in terms of late-season momentum.

Amherst easily downs NEC, 7-2, with a 5-goal onslaught in the second period and 4 power play goals on the night. Matt Rhone scores 2 goals for the Jeffs while Eddie Effinger has a 1-2-3 night.  Amherst dominates the game from start to finish with a 41-19 margin in SOGs.

Middlebury keeps pace with the leaders, downing UMass-Boston in Boston by a score of 5-1, but remains 1 point out of first. Charlies Townsend scores 2 goals, including a shorty, and John Yanchek is close to flawless in net, stopping 26 of 27 shots. Next up for the Panthers?? An excellent Babson team in Wellesley, smarting from its tough loss to Williams.

Colby’s slim chances for ice home in the first round disappeared tonight as it falls hard to Wesleyan, 5-1. Wesleyan overwhelms the Mules with 4 straight goals in the second period and adds an empty netter in the third period for good measure. Colby remains a bit of mystery, with several losses against weaker teams and stellar performances against the better teams (tying both Amherst and Norwich, beating Bowdoin twice in 2 days). Nonetheless, it remains capable of knocking off Trinity tomorrow and ending the season of a higher seed in the NESCAC play-offs.

Tufts barely manages to knock of a weak UNE team in Biddeford, ME, 4-2. It is hard to make much sense out of the box score as the scorekeeper offers up implausible numbers like a SOG advantage for UNE of 62-42. Tufts is not an offensive powerhouse but it’s a juggernaut compared to UNE, which has struggled all season to score goals. UNE holds a 2-1 lead after two periods but Tufts manages to tie the game and then win the game with a very late goal in the third period (18:47) and then an extra empty net marker with 6 seconds left. Tufts faces USM tomorrow and could still catch Colby and/or Hamilton with a strong finish in its last 3 games for the 6th or 7th spot.


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