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Feb. 16, 2013, schedule

These 5 games will be the final regular season games for all NESCAC teams except for Trinity and Bowdoin, which will meet in North Andover, MA, at the Brooks School Monday evening to make up the Nemo-postponed game. Unless otherwise noted, games begin at 3:00 PM. All five games will be webcast (go here and click “scoreboard” for video links and scoring updates), with Amherst-Middlebury accidentally omitted from the NESCAC list of covered games (go here for the Amherst-Middlebury game).

# 9 Conn College (9 points (3-11-3)) at # 1 Bowdoin (26 points (12-2-2)) (Note start time: 4:00 PM. With a win over Conn College, Bowdoin would own the # 1 spot for the play-offs regardless of what the other teams do. In prepping for the play-offs, it’s important for the Polar Bears to maintain the speed and dynamism that was on full display against Tufts last night in the 60 shots fired on 2 different Tufts’ net minders, while tightening up a bit on defense and cutting down on the number of penalties. Although Bowdoin has only lost 1 of its last 8 games, it has not played with the air of invincibility that it did earlier in the season. Conn College will have other plans for the game as the game is a must-win for the Camels if it wishes to make the play-offs. Conn College is the loser of 3 games in a row and 5 of its last 7 games.)

# 2 Middlebury (24 points (11-4-2)) at # 5 Amherst (22 points (10-5-2)) (Both of these teams are contending for a top spot in the play-off pecking order, with neither in contention for the # 1 spot but both in contention for home ice in the first round. When they last met in Middlebury on Dec. 8, Amherst came away with a 4-2 win in a closely played game. Despite the difficulties it has encountered in securing a home play-off slot (and replicating lastseason’s extraordinary performance, Amherst has lost only 3 times in its last 15 games. Middlebury is the winner of 6 of its last 7 games and seems to have found its rhythm after early season struggles.)

# 2 Williams (24 points (11-4-2)) at # 7 Hamilton (10 points (4-11-2)) (Williams can contend for a finish as high as no. 2  with a win over Hamilton, which has been down in recent weeks, winning only 1 of its last 7 games, but still remains in contention for the 7th or 8th spot in the play-offs. Williams has been playing solid hockey recently, losing only 2 of its last 9 games. When last these two teams met in Williamstown on Dec 8, the Ephs barely staved off the Continentals, 2-1.)

# 6 Wesleyan (14 points (5-8-4)) at # 4 Trinity (23 points (10-3-3)) (Note start time: 4:00 PM. Wesleyan blew  winnable game last night against Trinity in OT and now must head to the Bantams’ den to try to regain some momentume for the play-offs. It’s stuck in 6th place and cannot move in either direction. But for a couple of outstanding performances against # 1 Bowdoin, Wesleyan has not been playing well of late, going without a win for 5 straight games. Trinity, in contrast, has lost only 2 times in its last 12 games and is well positioned for the playoffs.)

# 10 Tufts (6 points (2-13-2)) at # 7 Colby (10 points (4-11-2)) (Tufts is coming off a poor performance against # 1 Bowdoin last night and must face a suddenly resurgent Colby, which could finish as high as seventh after occuopying the NESCAC cellar for an extended time. Colby is on quite a roll of late, losing only 1 of its last 6 games.)


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