Jan 21, 2012, results

Williams 5 Colby 4 (Williams salvages 2 points on its Maine trip as it fends off Colby and holds onto 3rd place with a 7-2-1 record and 2 games in hand vis-a-vis Bowdoin; Colby falls to a brutal 1-11-0 on the year — a very tough season for the Mules and a rude introduction to the league for first year Coach Stan Moore; Colby has 6 games to get out of the basement and qualify for the play-offs and can, in theory, catch several of the teams ahead of it — hard to imagine the NESCAC play-offs without the Mules; Williams once again plays with a dangerously short roster – 2 players who dressed for the Bowdoin game the previous night (forwards Mark Lyons and Eric Rubino) do not dress for the Colby game, once again leaving Williams with just 16 skaters; the Williams’ roster has only 20 skaters so, with Bryden McGhee missing the entire season so far and Mike Brofft out for the past 4 or so games, the number of available skaters falls to a mere 16; although Colby loses this game, it completely dominates the game territorially, likely a comment on the thin Williams roster, as it out shoots Williams by a 2-1 margin (32-16); Nick Anderson scores the game winner for Williams at 15:08 of the 3rd period; Mike Smigelski makes it interesting with a goal 27 seconds later and a 5-4 score but Colby cannot find the equalizer despite out shooting Williams by 12-2 in the 3rd period; frosh Craig Kitto has a nice 3-point game (1-2-3) for the Eph while 3 other Williams players have multi-point games (Ryan Scott at 0-2-2 and Justin Troiani and Cody Skinner at 1-1-2 apiece); frosh Jordan Nathan once again gets the start and the loss; Ryan Purdy starts the game for Williams and gets the win as he saves 28 of 32 shots)

Bowdoin 5 Middlebury 0 (Bowdoin exacts revenge on Middlebury and administers its own beat down but, more important for the Polar Bears, moves into a 1st place tie with Amherst in the NESCAC with a fine 8-2-2 record; the win is Bowdoin’s first win over the Panthers since 2007 and the first shut out of Middlebury since 1998; here’s a link to a write-up of the game from the Bowdoin website; Middlebury stays in 4th place with a 6-4-0 record and still has 2 games (Feb 9 and 11) with travel partner and no. 3 Williams that will provide an opportunity to catch up; still, Middlebury has been in a somewhat of a funk since a December 9 loss to Hamilton, losing 4 of its last 6 NESCAC games; it has a chance to get back on track this weekend as it hosts Conn College and Tufts although it has a nonconference game with Norwich on the road on Tuesday, which could further expose the Panthers flaws; Bowdoin looks strong in all facets of the game today, scoring in every period and every way and controlling the game territorially (32-21); Steve Messina is superb in net for Bowdoin and makes up for his early season loss to Middlebury with a 21-save shut out; super frosh John McGinnis scores 2 goals for Bowdoin; Polar Bears take the wind out of Middlebury’s sails very early on with an Erik Olsen shortie at 2:08 of the 1st period; frosh Dan Fullam gets the start in net for the Panthers; most of the Bowdoin goals are of the good variety so the loss really shouldn’t be hung on the young goal tender; John Yanchek, Middlebury’s regular goalie, misses the game with a shoulder injury, likely incurred late in the Colby game (he started and finished the Colby game on Friday night); Nick BonDurant, Middlebury’s very fine back-up goalie is no longer with the team, leaving the Panthers with a thin and inexperienced cadre of goalies until such time as Yanchek is able to return to action)

Trinity 3 Tufts 1 (Trinity goes to 3-5-1 in the NESCAC and sits in 7th place while Tufts slides to 4-5-0 and is in 6th place, just a point behind Wesleyan; first-year Bantam Coach Matt Greason appears to settle on soph Ben Coulthard as his go-to netminder; Coulthard gets his fourth start in a row and is close to perfect, besting one of the league’s best in Scott Barchard; SOGs are even at 38-38, which means that Coulthard fought off a lot of rubber all night long; as is often the case, the Menard line does a big chunk of the scoring for Trinity, with Jordan So and Jeff Menard both registering 1-1-2 stat lines while Chris Menard chimes in with a 0-2-2 line; Jeff Menard gets the game winner early in the 2nd period, putting Trinity up 2-0; a couple of minutes later, Tufts gets a shortie to make it interesting at 2-1 but Coulthard is a rock the rest of the way and Trinity adds a third marker early in the 3rd period)

Wesleyan 3 Conn College 3 (OT) (5th place Wesleyan, at 4-4-1, misses a chance to make more of a move on 4th place (and slumping) Middlebury and to put some distance between it and 6th place Tufts; Conn College, at 2-6-1, sits in 9th place and outside of post-season play-off contention for the moment; Wesleyan dominates the game territorially, out shooting Conn College by a sizable margin (44-29) although the margins shrink in the 2nd and 3rd periods and the game is more closely played in those periods; all but one of the game’s six goals are scored in the 2nd period, with Wesleyan emerging with a 3-2 lead; Mike Martinez gets the tying goal for the Camels midway through the 3rd period, and that is the end of the scoring in the game; Sean Curran has a 2-point night for the Camels (1-1-2) while Nik Tasiopoulos, at 1-1-2, and Tommy Hartnett, at 0-2-2, do the same thing for Wesleyan; Marcus Calvanico is the star of the game for the Camels, saving 41 of 44 shots, including 5 in the OT); Glenn Stowell handles netminding duties for Wesleyan)

nonconference:

Oswego 6 Hamilton 1 (No. 2 Oswego State breaks open a close game in the 3rd period with a 5-goal barrage; the Lakers hold a slim 1-goal lead after 2 periods of a closely played game but the flood gates open in the 3rd as Oswego, with its superior talent and experience,  out shoots Hamilton by 21-4; SOGs for the game are 44-22 in favor of Oswego, with 17 of the 22 margin in shots built up in the 3rd period; Cam Gibbar in net for the Continentals and keeps Hamilton in the game with solid net minding during the game’s first 2 periods)

Utica 3 Amherst 0 (Amherst makes a futile and ineffective foray into the ECAC West, arming the NESCAC critics and the ECAC West boosters; Utica dominates this game, out shooting Amherst by 25 to a paltry 12; Utica’s livestats  are messed up, showing only 15 skaters for Amherst — the boxscore shows the full complement of 18 skaters for Amherst so likely just a bad game for the Jeffs; Utica livestats say that Nathan Corey started in net for the Jeffs but the boxscore says that it was actually untested frosh Danny Vitale; we’re going with the boxscore and guessing it was Vitale; he, along with Middlebury’s Dan Fullam, is one of two frosh netminders who get their first starts today)

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2 Responses

  1. Yanchek is hurt with an injured shoulder

    • Tough luck for Yanchek and the Panthers. Hoping that it’s a short-term thing and that he will recover quickly and be able to return to action soon as this is his senior year . .

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