Feb 10, 2013, recap

The standings are a little bit misleading because of all the schedule changes: only Williams and Middlebury have played 16 games; the other 8 teams are still stuck at 15 games although several are scheduled to make up those games tomorrow, most notably Amherst, which will play Tufts and could move into a three-way tie with Middlebury and Williams if it defeats Tufts. Conn College and Hamilton will also play each other, which could help to sort things out in the lower part of the standings. Unknown is when and where the Colby-Wesleyan and Trinity-Bowdoin games will be made up.

STANDINGS:

1. Bowdoin: 24 points (11-2-2)

2. Williams: 22 points (10-4-2)

Middlebury: 22 points (10-4-2)

4. Trinity: 21 points (9-3-3)

5. Amherst: 20 points (9-4-2)

6. Wesleyan: 14 points (5-6-4)

7. Conn College: 9 points (3-9-3)

8. Hamilton: 8 points (3-10-2)

9. Tufts: 6 points (2-11-2)

Colby: 6 points (2-11-2)

RESULTS:

Bowdoin 3 Wesleyan 3 (OT) (Not an ideal outcome for Bowdoin but this tie does put the Polar Bears 2 points up on Williams and Middlebury at 11-2-2 (24 points) and with a game in hand (the Bowdoin-Trinity game) and with the tie breakers over both no. 2 teams. Bowdoin has had more problems with Wesleyan than any other team in the NESCAC. According to a Trinity tweet, the Bowdoin-Trinity game is to be re-scheduled for early this week, at a place and date to be announced. Wesleyan has only a passing acquaintance with the Internet so it took some time to obtain basic information about this game. Bowdoin took a 2-0 lead deep into the second period before giving up 3 straight goals in a 4 1/2 minute span at the end of the second period and into the beginning of the third period so the Polar Bears were dogged by some of the same inconsistency that allowed Wesleyan to tie the game in Brunsiwck and then win it in OT. This time the outcome was different in that Bowdoin quickly came back to tie the game early in the third period on a Rob Tocszylowski goal but could not score the winning goal despite having a PP in OT and 6 SoGs. It probably wasn’t an Einstein move on the part of either Bowdoin or Colby in terms of gram preparation to try to barrel through the storm on Friday, resulting in both teams being holed up in hotels in Massachusetts for two nights. Nolan Daley was once again in net for Wesleyan while Steve Messina went the distance for Bowdoin.)

Middlebury 3 Williams 1 (It was night-and-day weekend for Middlebury as it put on a fine performance today and is right back in a tie for 2nd place with Williams, with both teams having identical records of 10-4-2 (22 points). Both teams are vulnerable to challenges from below as both Amherst and Trinity are nipping at their heels from 4th and 5th place, with each having a game in hand. Coach Bill Beaney’s experiment in goal (starting the untested Mike Peters) bore fruit as Peters was excellent, and the Middlebury D played a much tighter game in front of him than they had last night at Williams. It was senior day as Middlebury honored the team’s 6 seniors (d-men and co-captains Chris Steele and Mathieu Castonguay, forwards Chris Brown, Trevor Pollock, and Brett Brazier, and goalie Eric Zagorski). 3rd Period: Ben Wiggins added an insurance goal about 2 minutes into the period. 2nd period: Riley Dickie scored a little after 1 minute into the period for the Panthers; Cody Skinner got Williams on the scoreboard about midway through the period. 1st period: Middlebury played with some urgency and controlled the play, especially toward the end of the period; Matt Silcoff scored the lone goal, putting in a rebound. As usual, Sean Dougherty manned the nets for Williams.)

Trinity 7 Colby 2 (Trinity goes to 9-3-3 (21 points) and slips into third place just above Middlebury and 2 points behind no. 1 Bowdoin. Colby falls to 2-11-1 (6 points) and remains in 9th place, with its play-off hopes shrinking. Jackson Brewer scored a hat trick for the Bantams while frosh John Hawkrigg registered 2 goals. As usual, Ben Coulthard started for Trinity and got the win; Jordan Nathan took the loss in net for Colby.)

Amherst 4 Conn College 2 (Amherst goes to 9-4-2 (20 points) and remains in fifth place. Conn College falls to 3-9-3 (9 points) and remains in 7th place. Conn College honored the team’s two seniors — forward Sean Murray and d-man Luke Dawson — at what was their last home game. Conn College does an excellent job in webcasting the Camels’s games — very good announcing and nice video quality. For those wondering, Conn College did fix the shot count in the box score — the the 51 SoGs in the first period was actually 5. The change took 8/100s of Corey’s save percentage.)

Tufts 6 Hamilton 4

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2 Responses

  1. Curious as to how it was recorded that Conn. College generated 51 shots on goal in the first period against Amherst. Hopefully they get that corrected

    • Must have been a transposition error, 15 shots for the period, not 51. Are these stats final, or can this mistake be corrected?

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