Jan 7, 2012, results

Williams 3 Wesleyan 2 (OT) (Williams goes to an impressive 6-1-1 on the year (and first place in the NESCAC) and Wesleyan to 3-3 (and a tie for 5th place in the league with 3-3 Tufts); link to an excellent write-up of the game on the Williams website; a very interesting game from the statistical point as Wesleyan thoroughly dominates the game territorially, outshooting Williams by well more than 2-to-1 (51-20); the stats suggest a brilliant performance by Williams goalie Ryan Purdy and a tired Williams team that was not able to gain much traction on the offensive end, perhaps due to its unusually thin roster (there are only 20 skaters on the Williams roster, with 2 of those 20 apparently injured (forwards John Wickman and Bryden McGhee), leaving no room to spare); the game is tied at 2-2 after 2, and there is no scoring in the 3rd period; Williams frosh d-man Peter Mistretta scores the game winner at 2:27 of OT after the Eph successfully kill 1:20 of a penalty that carried over into the OT; Ryan Purdy saves 49 of the 51 shots he faces; Matt Hadge is far more mortal for Wesleyan, saving 17 of 20 shots)

Amherst 3 Colby 2 (Amherst goes to 6-1 on the season, which is good for 2nd place just a 1 point behind league leader Williams (but with a game in hand); hard luck Colby slumps to 1-7 and shares last place with Trinity although Trinity has 2 games in hand; the game is close territorially, with Colby edging Amherst in the shooting department, 25-23; Amherst holds a 2-0 lead until deep into the 2nd on the strength of 2 goals late in the 1st period; Cory McGrath gets the tying goal for Colby (2-2) at 6:15 of the 3rd but Amherst is not about to leave Maine empty handed as Mike Moher gets the game winner at 12:06 of the 3rd on a PP tally; Moher has a 2-0-1 afternoon while Colby’s Mike Doherty has a hand in both Colby goals (1-1-2); Nathan Corey gets the start for Amherst after Jonathan La Rose’s poor performance against Bowdoin the night before, saving 23 of the 25 shots he faces; hard luck Colby work house, Matt Delaney, is dealt yet another 1-goal loss for the Mules)

Bowdoin 5 Hamilton 2 (Polar Bears go to 5-2-1 in the league and retain 3rd place; Hamilton falls to 2-5, which is good for a tie for 7th place in league standings with Conn College; they thoroughly dominate Hamilton from start to finish, outshooting them by 39-16; as in the Amherst game, Bowdoin displays strong team speed and excellent control of the flow of the game and looked very strong this weekend; but areas to work on include the PK as both Hamilton goals are PP goals and Hamilton makes good on 2 of its 4 PP opportunities (the Bowdoin PK was similarly ineffective against Amherst); Harry Matheson registers the game winner early in the 2nd period but Hamilton hangs around, trailing only 3-2, until the 15:19 mark of the 3rd period when Daniel Weiniger adds an insurance goal, making the score 4-2; Joe Quattrocchi is in net for the Continentals and performs well, saving 34 of the 38 shots he faces; Richard Nerland in net for the Polar Bears, saving 17 of 19 SOGs; 4 Polar Bears with 2-point afternoons: sophs Harry Matheson and Colin Downey at 1-1-2 and soph Ollie Koo and frosh John McGinnis at 0-2-2 each)

Middlebury 4 Trinity 1 (Middlebury goes to 5-3-0 on the year and holds on to 4th place in the league; announcers were down on the Panthers for the first 2 periods but they perk up in the 3rd with 3 straight goals to seal the win going away; Middlebury outshoots Trinity by 31-19 but saves much its firepower for the 3rd period (15 SOGs) — somebody must have lit a fire under the Panthers between periods as they come out with guns blazing in the 3rd; Middlebury senior Mike Griffin scores the game winning goal at 2:55 of the 3rd on the way to his best performance as a Panther (1-2-3); Martin Drolet has a 2-point game for Middlebury (1-1-2); John Yanchek in goal for the Panthers; Ben Coulthard in net for the Bantams)

nonconference games:

Tufts 2 UMass-Boston 1 (OT) (another stellar performance for Jumbo netminder Scott Barchard as Tufts wins the Codfish Bowl over host, UMass-Boston; UMass-Boston completely dominates the game, outshooting Tufts by 43-17, but Barchard is superb, saving all but one of the 43 shots he faces and paving the way for Jared Barker’s game winning goal just a few ticks into OT (at the 28-second mark));

Conn College 2 Western New England College 0 (2 3rd period goals by the Camels’ Mike Sinsigalli are the difference; the game is essentially a 1-goal game as the 2nd Conn College goal is an empty netter in the last minute; the teams are evenly matched as WNEC has a 1-shot advantage in SOGs (29-28); Andrew Margolin gets the win in net and the shut out for the Camels)

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