Jan 6, 2012, results

Not a night for great goaltending in the NESCAC!!!

Bowdoin 7 Amherst 4 (Polar Bears kill the Jeffs with a dominating 3-goal 3rd period and end Amherst’s stay in 1st place and its undefeated record as the Jeffs fall to 2nd place in the NESCAC at a not-too-shabby 5-1; with Middlebury’s loss to Wesleyan, the Polar Bears slip into 3rd place at 4-2-1; link to write-up of the game from the Bowdoin website; soph Ollie Koo hits the game winner for Bowdoin early in the 3rd; the game is a seesaw affair with Bowdoin taking a 3-1 lead early in the 2nd, then surrendering 2 quickies for a 3-3 tie and then a 4th Amherst goal at the 14:56 mark of the 2nd for a brief 4-3 Amherst lead; Bowdoin then takes over the game, rattling off 4 straight goals, starting with a PP goal late in the 3rd and then 3 more goals in the 3rd; soph Harry Matheson has a 3-point night (2-1-3); 4 other players have 2-point nights (1-1-2 for Ollie Koo and frosh John McGinnis and 0-2-2 for co-capt Graham Sisson and soph Colin Downey; poor PK by both teams or was that excellent PP by both teams as Bowdoin hits on 3 of 7 PP opportunities while Amherst rings up 2 on 4 chances (each team gave up a 5-3 PP goal so maybe those stats aren’t quite as bad as they look); Bowdoin outshoots Amherst by 39-29 and appears to enjoy  a decided edge in the speed department and control of the flow of the game; hard to assess the quality of goaltending via the fuzzy webcast but Jonathan La Rose for the Jeffs does allow 7 goals on 39 shots; Polar Bears’ Messina is better, saving 25 of 29 shots)

Wesleyan 5 Middlebury 4 (OT) (frosh Jimmy Albrecht scores the game winner for Wesleyan on a break-away with less than a minute and a half  to go in OT; Middlebury goes to 4-3 on the year and slides to 4th place behind Bowdoin;  here’s a link to a write-up of the game on the Middlebury website; Wesleyan’s record goes to 3-2 as it moves into a tie with Tufts for 5th place; Wesleyan ties up the game late in the 3rd (a little more than 3 minutes to go) with Keith Buehler’s second goal of the night; the game begins quickly with 2 goals in the 1st period, with one  per side (Michael Griffin for Middlebury at 46 seconds and Keith Buehler for Wesleyan 12 seconds later); Wesleyan takes a 3-1 lead in the 1st period with 2 more goals; Middlebury ties the game up with 2 goals midway through the 2nd period; Charlie Strauss breaks a 3-3 tie at the 44-second mark of the 3rd period with a go-ahead goal; John Yanchek takes the loss for the Panthers, giving up 5 goals on 29 shots; Glenn Stowell gets the win for the Cardinals, saving 32 of 36 shots; Middlebury has a slight territorial advantage (36-29 in SOGs), and the game is almost penalty free with only 2 penalties in all; lots of whining by the Middlebury announcers about the refs — it is of course impossible to know from an audiocast whether their grievances have merit)

Williams 7 Trinity 3 (Williams slips into first place in the NESCAC at 5-1-1 as Amherst falters in Maine; Williams rings up 5 straight goals, starting in the middle of the 2nd period, to eradicate Trinity’s 3-2 lead and upset hopes; Trinity remains in last place (with Colby) at 1-4; Trinity dominates the 1st period, jumping out to a 3-2 lead but it is not to be the Bantams’ night; Sam Calahan takes the loss of Trinity, saving 23 of 29 shots; after a rough start in the 1st period, Ryan Purdy settles down for Williams and slams the door shut the rest of the way, saving 28 of 31 shots; the game is essentially even in terms of SOGs (31-30 in Trinity’s favor); Justin Troiani has a 3-point night for the Eph (0-3-3); 4 other Eph have 2-point nights (2 goals for Nick Anderson, 2 assists for Patrick Morrissey, and 1-1-2 nights for both frosh Craig Kitto and Cody Skinner; for the Bantams, frosh Mike Flynn and Mike DeMayo have 1-1-2 nights and Sean McCarthy manages 2 assists; some inappropriate extracurricular activities take place toward the end of the game, with 1 Bantam and 2 Eph awarded 10-minute game misconducts)

Hamilton 3 Colby 2 (Hamilton escapes the cellar for the day at 2-4; Colby burrows deeper into the cellar at 1-6; the Continentals grab a 2-0 lead in the 1st; Colby pulls within 1 on a Nick Lanza goal in the 2nd period; Anthony Ruberto scores the game winner for Hamilton just 40 seconds into the 3rd period, making the score 3-1; proving the old adage that a 2-goal lead is not worth much, Mike Doherty scores Colby’s second goal a mere 11 seconds later; Colby fires a total of 17 shots on net in the 3rd period but cannot find the twine for the equalizer as Joe Quattrocchi holds down the fort for the Continentals the rest of the end; Nick Lanza and Mike Doherty both have 1-1-2 mights for Colby; with a 0-2-2 night, Anthony Scarpino is the only Continental with multiple points; Colby controls play, with a 33-22 advantage in SOGs; Matt Delaney in net for Colby and the loss with 19 saves on 22 shots)

nonconference

Tufts 3 Johnson and Wales 3 (OT) (Tuft advances to the finals of the Codfish Bowl via a shoot-out after J&W found reason to spend 75 minutes in the penalty box)

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