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Feb 19, 2011, results


Hamilton 3 Babson 1 (regular season champs and without a tie-breaker!! next up: it hosts Wesleyan in the first round next Saturday; frosh phenom DiMare scores a goal late in the first and another one early in the second to provide the Continentals all the scoring they need to control the game the rest of the way; after Babson slices the lead to 2-1, Jelinek adds an insurance goal early in the third period; senior Hefferman is a rock in net, turning away 27 of 28 shots)

Williams 7 Skidmore 2 (Williams quietly slips into second place and a first round game with Trinity; the Eph quickly take control of the game in the first period as they jump out to a 3-1 lead and Skidmore never gets back into the game; 3-point games for Masucci (2-1-3) and Lyons (1-2-3); Purdy saves 27 of 28 shots in another strong outing as frosh Kurland comes in for the final 1:28 of the game and gives up Skidmore’s second goal)

Castleton 3 Middlebury 2 (Middlebury settles for third place based on tie-breaker advantages over Amherst and Bowdoin; next up for the Panthers in the first round of the NESCAC play-offs: the sixth place Colby Mules; Castleton jumps out to a 2-0 lead in the first period and the Panthers can never quite close the gap in spite of many PP opportunities; the decisive point in the game is Castleton’s successful kill of a 5-minute major midway through the second period that is followed by the game winning third goal a couple of minutes after the kill; the Panthers make the game interesting with a Vermette goal at 21 seconds of the third period but that was all Cinotti needed to see as he closes out the game without a hitch; the game is penalty filled as 14 penalties (55 minutes) are whistled on the Spartans – it does not matter, though, as the Middlebury PP is shut down all afternoon, failing on 8 opportunities; of note, Drolet was not in the line-up today; Yanchek gets the start and the loss)

UMB 7 Amherst 2 (Amherst slinks into fourth place with a dismal showing against UMB; the Jeffs tie Middlebury and Bowdoin in points but, based on the application of the tie-breaker criteria, ends up with the fourth seed  (Bowdoin is eliminated from contention for the third spot based on its losses to both Middlebury and Amherst; Middlebury then gets the third spot based on its head-to-head win over Amherst while Amherst gets the fourth spot based on its head-to-head win over Bowdoin); UMB controls the game territorially, outshooting Amherst by 38-26; the Amherst PP turns anemic, as the Jeffs shoot blanks on 7 PP opportunities; Anderson has one of his worst performances of the season, giving up 5 goals on 27 SOGs before giving way to Corey at the end of the second period, who then surrenders two more goals)

Bowdoin 3 NEC 0 (Bowdoin finishes the season strong and captures fifth place and gets a first round game at Amherst next Saturday; Bowdoin finishes in a three-way tie with Middlebury and Amherst for third place but gets separated out on the tie-breaker due to losing to both Amherst and Middlebury and then loses the tie-breaker to Amherst for the fourth spot; Nerland gets the shut out and is strong in net; MacGregor gets the game winner early in the second period on a PP goal; Smith adds another PP goal a few minutes later; Weiniger adds to his league-leading point total with an empty netter and an assist; Polar Bears control play throughout the game, outshooting the Pilgrims by more than 2-1 (41-20); of concern to Polar Bear fans: senior Jeff Fanning missed his second game in a row)

Colby 5 St. Anselm 2 (like Bowdoin, Colby finishes strong but its reward is a first round trip to Middlebury; Colby wins all three periods as it outscores the Hawks form start to finish; St. A back-up goalie Kevin Fairweather gets the start but is replaced by no. 1 goalie Kang after 40 minutes, who surrenders one goal to the Mules; McGinn as a 2-goal game and McKinney adds another win to his impressive 4-year stat sheet)

USM 3 Trinity 3 (OT) (Trinity settles for seventh place and lays its second egg for the weekend; J Tierney gets the tying goal on a shortie at 7:16 of the third period but the Bantams are unable to crack a mediocre USM squad the rest of the way, settling for a tie in its last home game of the year and Vesprini’s last home game of his outstanding career; the Bantams head to Williamstown, MA, to place second-place Williams in the first round of the NESCAC play-offs next Saturday)

Wesleyan 14 UNE 1 (it’s a point-a-thon for Wesleyan as UNE tries three different goalies in a vain attempt to stem the tide and several Cards get to pad their stats for the year; 6 points for Tasiopoulos, including a hat trick; 5 points for Mucha (2-3-5) and 4 assists for Sullivan; 2-1-3 for Hartnett and 1-2-3 afternoons for White, Salah, and Dipietto)

St. Mike’s 4 Conn College 1 (the Camels season ends with a dull thud; St. Mike’s dominate the game territorially, outshooting the Camels, 41-25, but the game is tight as St. Mike’s led by only 1 goal (2-1) until St. Mike’s scored 2 PP goals in the last 25 seconds of the game; frosh Petchonka gets a rare start in net for the Camel;s and takes the loss)

Norwich 6 Tufts 3 (Tufts gives the high-flying Cadets a bit of a battle in Northfield, VT, as the game is all knotted up at 2-2 after the first period; Norwich bangs home 2 goals in the second period without a response from the Jumbos to gain control of the game; outstanding Tufts frosh Gallegos registers his 15th goal of the season as the Jumbos’ seaon comes to an end; Phillips gets the start and takes the loss)

standings (tie-breakers have been applied):

1. Hamilton 26 (11-4-4)

2. Williams 24 (11-6-2)

3. Middlebury 23 (9-5-5)

4. Amherst 23 (10-6-3)

5. Bowdoin 23 (11-7-1)

6. Colby 22 (10-7-2)

7. Trinity 20 (9-8-2)

8. Wesleyan 17 (8-10-1)

9. Conn College 13 (6-12-1)

10. Tufts 10 (5-14-0)


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