Nov 17, 2012, recap

Standings

1. Amherst (2-0): 4 pounts

2. Bowdoin (1-0-1): 3 points

Middlebury(1-0-1): 3 points

Tufts (1-0-1): 3 points

Trinity (1-0-1): 3 points

6. Williams (1-1-0): 2 points

Wesleyan (1-1-0): 2 points

8: Colby (0-2-0): 0 points

Connecticut College (0-2-0): 0 points

Hamilton (0-2-0): 0 points

The league’s two front runners, Amherst and Bowdoin, did not have impressive debuts this weekend although neither team lost either of their games. Amherst struggled mightily to beat the Hamilton Continentals (generally picked to finish toward the bottom of the standings but likely to surprise if the season’s first weekend means anything), squeaking by with identical scores of 1-0 in back-to-back games. Bowdoin  surrendered two-goal leads on two separate occasions to nemesis Middlebury and could only come away with a tie in its second game of the weekend. Still, it’s too early to sound the alarm for either team as this season’s first weekend of play was unusually early and came after only 15 days of practice and too little time for the teams to gel or line-ups to be fully set. On the flip side, Middlebury looks like it will be very much in the thick of things as its impressive group of freshmen paced the Panthers to a win and a tie and 3 points on the long road trip to Maine. Also impressive was the solid play of Trinity and Tufts, both of which snared 3 points on the weekend.

The bottom dwellers looked to be bottom dwellers with the possible exception of Hamilton, which may surprise down the road as it battled top-ranked Amherst almost to a draw in two games, with the stellar goaltending of Amherst’s Nate Corey being the only real difference between the two teams. Williams looked as though it has found an excellent replacement for the graduated goalie Ryan Purdy in Sean Dougherty as he played well in a 2-0 loss to Bowdoin and a 3-2 win over Colby.

Amherst 1 Hamilton 0: It took 2 1/2 periods for Amherst to crack the Continentals’ Joe Quattrocchi but it finally did at 5:54 of the 3rd period on a goal by freshman Conor Brown. This game was a tightly and closely played game that could have gone to either team, with both teams playing excellent defense but also showing little offensive spark. (Here’s a link to Amherst’s write-up of the game.) The teams were dead even in SOGs with 22 apiece just as they were in Friday’s game (26-26). Each team had the same number of PPs (5) and each shot blanks on the PP. Amherst dominated the 2nd period while Hamilton dominated the 3rd period in this close checking game. Both goaltenders were outstanding, with Amherst senior Nate Corey pitching his second consecutive shut-out. Several important Amherst offensive players–Johnny van Siclen, Ryan Edwards, and Andrew Kurlanski–missed the game due to injuries. Amherst’s strong freshman class was no where near as visible as was Middlebury’s during their inaugural weekend of NESCAC play although there were clear signs of potential.

Bowdoin 4 Middlebury 4 (OT): Bowdoin surrendered 2-goal leads to the Panthers twice (a 2-0 lead in the 1st and a 4-2 lead after 2 periods). Middlebury has quickly integrated its many freshmen players into the rotation, with 7 frosh logging major minutes and making significant contributions (they scored 2 of Middlebury’s 4 goals). Middlebury scored goals in the 3rd period at 4:11 (Connor Frick) and 9:41 (Chris Steele) to tie the game up. Both teams had opportunities to score the winning goal in regulation but could not bury the puck. Middlebury won the battle of the SOGs, 47-38, although the play looked even. Both teams spent too much time in the penalty box, with Bowdoin wracking up 18 PIMs on 9 penalties and Middlebury right behind with 8 penalties and 16 PIMs. The only player with multiple points was Bowdoin’s Ollie Koo, who scored 2 goals, including a 5-3 PP goal in the 2nd period. One of Bowdoin’s top d-man, Ryan Collier, was injured early in the game, leaving the Bowdoin defense undermanned. It looks as though Bowdoin will be rotating goalies as sophomore transfer Max Fenkell got the start in net and acquitted himself  well (saving 43 of 47 shots) although one of the Bowdoin announcers  (a back-up goalie on last year’s team) described the first Middlebury goal as a bit of a junker that should have been saved; Nick BonDurant was in net for Middlebury for the second game in a row, turning aside 34 of 38 SOGs and being tested frequently by the high-powered Bowdoin offense.

Trinity 6 Conn College 0: The Trinity offense got untracked today and seized control of the game from the git-go, scoring 3 goals in the 1st period, with 2 by Chris Menard. Six Bantams had multiple point afternoons (Jackson Brewer had a 3-point afternoon with 3 assists; Chris Menard and Zach Lombardi  scored 2 goals; Jordan So, Jeff Menard, and frosh John Hawkrigg all registered 2 assists). The game was penalty filled, with Trinity being called for 13 penalties (34 PIMs) and Connecticut College being called for 9 (29 PIMs). Steady Ben Coulthard was perfect in net for Trinity, making 33 saves, while Mike Petchonka had a difficult afternoon in net for the Camels, turning away 31 of 37 shots.

Tufts 4 Wesleyan 2: The Jumbos dominated this game, outshooting Wesleyan by 34-25. Junior Kyle Gallegos had a 3-goal game, getting the game winner on a short-handed goal at 6:54 of the 2nd period and sealing the win with an empty netter at 19:52 of the 3rd period after Wesleyan’s Keith Buehler made the game interesting by slicing the margin to 1 goal on a PP goal at 9:02 of the 3rd period. Brian Phillips had a strong outing in net for the Jumbos, making saves on 23 of 25 shots on goal. Nick Craven was the only Cardinal to score multiple points, registering 2 assists.

Williams 3 Colby 2: Williams managed to sneak out of Maine with 2 of 4 possible points by edging Colby after being out shot 36-26. The margin in shots is likely due to the fact that Colby had 7 PPs versus Williams 4. All scoring took place in the 1st and 2nd periods with senior Eric Rubino netting the game winner for Williams early in the game at 9:09 of the 2nd period and giving Williams a 3-1 lead at the time. Colby managed to pull within 1  goal on a PP goal by Brendan Cosgrove at the 11:19 mark of the 2nd period but that was the end of all scoring in the game. Sean Dougherty was once again strong in net for Williams, saving 34 of 36 shots on goal. Sophomore Jordan Nathan got the start in net for Colby and saved 23 of 26 shots on goal.

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6 Responses

  1. Great job on this, I really appreciate it.
    tg

  2. Agreed. As a player last year it was always a blast to read this blog. As a retired NESCAC’er I check this daily to keep tabs on my buddies around the league. Keep it up, much appreciated.

  3. how can you call hamilton lowly in one paragraph and in the next praise them? seems to me they deserved more than they got this weekend. probably should have won both games

    • sorry — speed writing will do that — meant to say low rated as the surprise was in the performance versus low ratings. will fix.

  4. Any idea why Jake Charles of Midd described as their top prospect didn’t play? Is he injured?

    • Totally confused right now as to status of Mr. Charles. The box score states that Jake Charles played in the Platty game but do not recall hearing the announcers call his name. In fact, the announcers were saying that the player wearing # 10 was Connor Frick when the roster says that # 10 is Jake Charles’ number and the box score says that Frick did not play in the Platty game. .

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