Jan 20, 2012, results

Jan 20 (Friday):

Amherst 5 Hamilton 1 (Amherst solidifies its hold on first place with an easy win over Hamilton, going to 9-1-0 on the year; Hamilton falls to 3-7-0; Amherst takes the lead early in this game and is never really challenged, scoring once in the 1st period, 3 times in the 2nd period, and 1 time in the 3rd period; Johnny Van Siclen ring up a hat trick while Andrew Kurlandski also has a 3-point night (2-1-3); frosh Mike Rowbotham has a 2 assist night; Jonathan La Rose is in net for the Jeffs and is close to perfect, saving 26 pf 27 shots; Joe Quattrocchi takes the loss for Hamilton)

Middlebury 3  Colby 1 (Middlebury gets back on the winner’s track after its disastrous 7-0 loss to Plattsburgh last Friday and goes to 6-3-0, but still sits in 4th place, 1 point behind 3rd place Williams and 4 points behind second place Bowdoin, in the standings; next up is a rematch at 4PM on Saturday with high flying Bowdoin, which Middlebury soundly defeated 7-1 2 months ago on the first weekend of the season; Colby’s funk continues as it falls to 1-10-0 on the year; the Panthers welcome Nick Resor back to the line-up, who is the difference maker as he scores 2 goals in his first appearance of the year; the game is essentially settled in the 1st period as Middlebury scores 2 goals following an early strike by Colby’s Mike Doherty at the 2:46 mark; John Yanchek gets the win for Middlebury, turning away 19 of the 20 shots he faces; frosh Jordan Nathan gets another start in net for the Mules and takes the loss, facing 26 shots  in a relatively evenly played game (SOGs are 26-20 in favor of Middlebury))

Bowdoin 4 Williams 2 (big win for the no. 2 Polar Bears (7-2-2) over no. 3 Williams (now 6-2-1 on the year); Williams only other loss this season was a 5-4 loss to Amherst on Dec 9; Bowdoin d-man Tim McGarry gets the game winner at 12:14 of the 3rd period; just 32 seconds later, Williams pulls within 1 goal on a Craig Kitto goal but Harry Matheson restores Bowdoin’s  2-goal margin for Bowdoin with a nice wrap-around empty netter with just 6 seconds to go; Bowdoin controls the game territorially, out shooting Williams by 39-25 and dominating the first 2 periods – Williams has a slight edge in SOGs in the 3rd period but the Polar Bears control the scoreboard by 3-1 for the period; Steve Messina in net for the win as be bests Williams ace, Ryan Purdy; unlike its last few games, Williams has its full complement of skaters (18) for this game as John Wickman and Eric Rubino return to the line-up; Bowdoin’s camera work for this webcast is significantly improved as it provides some close-in shots and better picture clarity)

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