NCAA Semifinals (March 16, 2012): Amherst v Oswego State

Oswego 2 Amherst 1 (OT): USCHO write-up of the game (quoting Ian Boot, who is honest enough to acknowledge that he thought a penalty was going to be called on Oswego just prior to his goal (the first goal in the game)); solid write-up of the game from D3hockey’s Matt Webb;  excellent write-up of the game from the Amherst website – be sure to go to the bottom of the story for links to videos of Jack Arena’s pregame speech and Eddie Effinger’s tying goal; bummer for Amherst and, by extension, the NESCAC, but what a wonderful game and what a spectacular season for Amherst;  a different outcome would have been preferred but difficult to complain about this game (except for the non-call on Oswego’s first goal); a small consolation is that the game winner is a beauty: Oswego’s Paul Rodrigues gets behind the Amherst D a little more than 7 minutes into OT and comes in very tight and to La Rose’s right and sneaks the puck in via the back hand after the goalie goes down; Rodrigues’ shot is Oswego’s only OT shot, which had been dominated by Amherst; overtime is made possible by Eddie Effinger banging home the tying goal for Amherst with 22 seconds to go after a mad scramble in front and with an empty Amherst net; Ian Boots scores for Oswego in the 3rd period with about 10 and 1/2 minutes left in the period to break a 0-0 tie after a questionable non-call on a take down and take away from Amherst defender Jake Turrin just inside the Amherst blue line; each team gets a power play in the 2nd period but neither team is able to cash in although Amherst moves the puck very well during its PP; Nick Brunette has two great chances in the 2nd period for Amherst — one on the PP and the other during a PK; both goalies play well and both teams play disciplined, crisp hockey; Amherst has a significant territorial advantage throughout the game, controlling the flow of play in every period and the OT, out shooting Oswego by 44-27 and pinning Oswego in its zone with ferocious and effective forechecking system; the crowd is good at 3100 and the  video coverage is outstanding; Amherst is confident and comfortable on the big Lake Placid ice throughout the game, with no signs of the jitters that so afflicted Bowdoin in its play-off losses to Oswego last year and the year before; this game closes out the stellar careers for 6 Amherst seniors, who won 2 NESCAC regular and play-off championships (in 2009 and this year) and performed superbly in the NCAA play-offs (a 2-1 OT loss to Hobart in the 2009 quarterfinals and tonight’s 2-1 OT loss to Oswego in the semifinals; Jonathan La Roses closes out his career in net with an eye-popping record of 42-5-3 while Mark Colp finishes up with 80 points and Eddie Effinger with 77 points; also ending their careers are two defenders, Jeremy Deutsch and Mike Baran, who anchored  Amherst’s extraordinary defense, and Kevin English, a reserve member of the defense; interesting insight is provided during the broadcast as to Amherst Coach Jack Arena’s approach to this game: treat this game as though it were a regular season game, stick to the same routine that worked so well during the regular season, and avoid over hyping the game or getting the team too worked up

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