Dec 1, 2012, recap

Bowdoin captures first place with a solid 5-2 win over a feisty Colby club and continues its undefeated season. Amherst suffers its first NESCAC loss (and continues its offensive struggles, with only 5 goals in 4 league games) while Middlebury continues to impress and Williams quietly gets the job done.

standings:

1. Bowdoin: 7 (3-0-1)

2. Amherst: 6 (3-1-0)

Williams: 6 (3-1-0)

Middlebury: 6 (2-0-2)

5. Trinity 5 (2-1-1)

6. Tufts 3 (1-2-1)

Wesleyan 3 (1-2-1)

Hamilton 3 (1-2-1)

9. Conn College 1 (0-3-1)

10. Colby 0 (0-4-0)

results:

Bowdoin 5 Colby 2 (Bowdoin takes sole control of first place and remains undefeated as it sweeps the Colby series. Bowdoin won on the ice but Colby won on the webcast hands-down, with multiple replays and close-in shots (when will the quality of the Bowdoin webcast catch up with the quality of the team?). Bowdoin took control of the game early on and did not look back after an early 1-1 tie in the 1st period. The back breaker for the Mules was Rob MacGregor’s short-handed goal in the 2nd period for a 3-1 lead. Bowdoin was lethal on the PP, hitting on 3 of 5 opportunities, with all 3 being beauties. Max Fenkell got the start and the win while Jordan Nathan took the loss (he seems to have replaced Matt Delaney’s as the Mules’ no. 1 goaltender). Bowdoin dominated territorially, outshooting the Mules 30-21, while Colby fought hard against a more skilled team and could surprise as the season wears on and the team becomes more acclimated to new head coach Blaise McDonald’s system)

Trinity 1 Amherst 0 (wow Chris Menard scored the lone goal of the game with 27 seconds to go in regulation on the PP as Amherst slipped out of first place. Otherwise, it’s goose eggs all around for Amherst and Trinity, with Ben Coulthard getting the shut out in a spectacular performance (44 saves) and the win for Trinity while Nate Corey took the difficult loss for the Jeffs, making 36 saves. Despite the low score, the game involved many scoring chances as the SOGs were 44-37 in favor of Amherst)

Middlebury 9 Tufts 2 (the Panthers were hitting on all cylinders as 9 bullets hit their targets and continue to look like a top-tier team in the NESCAC. Louis Belisle had a spectacular afternoon for the Panthers, registering 4 goals and 2 assists for a 6-point game and tying a modern-day Middlebury record for both goals and points in a game. Frosh Derek Metcalfe made his debut in net for the Jumbos and gave up 3 goals in the 1st period on 14 shots before giving way to Brian Phillips, who had a poor 2nd period and then gave way to Greg Jenkins in the 3rd period. Nick BonDurant got the win for the Panthers before giving way to back up Mike Peters in the 3rd period. Middlebury totally dominated the team territorially, outshooting the Jumbos by 40-20. Both teams have work to do on the PK with Middlebury hitting on 3 of 5 opportunities (a Tufts’ kill rate of 40%) and Tufts scoring on 2 of its 4 opportunities (a Middlebury kill rate of just 50%)

Williams 3 Conn College 2 (OT) (Peter Mistretta scored the game winner (and his second goal of the game) for Williams at 2:01 of OT as Williams had a 4-point weekend and quietly slid into a second place tie in the NESCAC with Amherst and Middlebury. Sean Dougherty was in net as usual for the Eph — Williams has definitely found the replacement for the great Ryan Purdy. Mike Petchonka took the loss for the Camels)

Wesleyan 1 Hamilton 1 (OT) (the only scoring in this nail biter was in the 3rd period, with frosh Marko Brelih scoring the game tying goal for Hampton with 54 seconds to go in regulation. Nick Craven scored Wesleyan’s lone goal (and his sixth goal in this young season) midway through the 3rd period. Joe Quattrocchi turned away 32 of 31 shots for Hamilton while Glenn Stowell was almost as strong in net for Wesleyan)

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