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Feb 23, 2013, QF recap-updated with video of Middlebury goals

Update: a link to high-quality video of all 4 Middlebury goals — screening looks to have been Amherst goalie Nate Corey’s enemy on 2 of these.

Semifinals set for next Saturday (March 2) – Bowdoin will host and, according to the NESCAC website, has chosen the later start time (4:00 PM) on Saturday although the host team usually picks the earlier start time:

# 3 Trinity v # 2 Williams (1:00 PM)

# 5 Middlebury at # 1 Bowdoin (4:00 PM)


Bowdoin 5 Hamilton 3 (Here’s a great write-up of the game from the NESCAC Hockey BlogHere is a good article from the Maine Hockey Journal, with comments from Bowdoin’s Kyle Lockwood and Bowdoin Coach Terry Meagher. Here’s a link to a video of all 5 Bowdoin goals. # 8 Hamilton gave Bowdoin just about all it could handle, taking a 3-2 lead in the 2nd period and holding it until there were just 8 minutes left in the game. Senior Rob MacGregor, who missed much of the season due to injury, did not want this game to be his last and went top shelf for the tying goal on a nice shot from the inner edge of the the circle to the left of the goalie. with about 8 minutes left in the game. Senior Co-captain Tim McGarry scored the game winning goal from well behind the blue line, going 5-hole with a hard slap shot on a seemingly unprepared Joe Quattrocchi. Hamilton almost pulled the upset off, going into a total defensive, trapping mode in the 3rd period as it made only 2 shots on goal and held Bowdoin to just 5 SOGs in the period. Junior Kyle Lockwood had an outstanding day, scoring 4 points on a hat trick and an assist. His line, which also included MacGregor and senior Rob Toczylowski was Bowdoin’s best line for the day as it was one the ice for all 5 Bowdoin goals. Bowdoin’s usual no. 1 line of Harry Matheson, Colin Downey, and Dan Weiniger was not a factor in the game. Steve Messina stopped 16 of 19 shots — not great numbers, with the second goal being a long unscreened shot that ticked in off his glove. Joe Quattrocchi was tested more frequently, saving 31 of 35 goals but seemed to lose focus on, of all things, the McGarry game winning goal. Next up for Bowdoin is Middlebury, a team that the Polar Bears have never defeated in the NESCAC play-offs, losing 4 times in the championship game and once in the semifinals in the 13 NESCAC play-offs  — it’s well past time for that curse to be erased from the Bowdoin lexicon.)

Williams 2 Colby 1  (Colby gave Williams almost as much as it could handle, hanging tough in a defensive struggle where the scoring was done with in the 2nd period and the 2 teams were only lightly penalized — only 4 penalties (2 aside) were called in the game, which is consistent with the fact that these teams are the least penalized in the NESCAC. In an oddity, 2 goals, one per side, were scored in the last 32 seconds of the 2nd period. It was quite a turn-around for Colby, which was slaughtered the last time it visited Williams on Jan. 19 by a score of 9-2. Soph Sam Parker got the start in goal for the White Mules and took the loss but was solid, saving 26 of 28 shots. Craig Kitto had a hand in both the Williams’ goals. As usual Sean Dougherty started for Williams in net and was almsot perfect, saving 27 of 28 shots. Next up for Williams: they face the surging Trinity Bantams in a # 2 versus # 3 match-up in a battle that will feature the NESCAC’s 2 top goalies in Trinity’s Ben Coulthard and Williams’ Sean Dougherty.) 

Middlebury 4 Amherst 3 (Here is a great video of all 4 Middlebury goals. Third time is indeed a charm for Middlebury as it registers its first win over Amherst at the most opportune of times, knocking off the defending NESCAC champion. To get the win, Middlebury had to hold off a late Amherst charge after scoring 2 goals in the 3rd period and holding a 4-1 lead with less than 5 minutes to go in the game. Middlebury took a 2-1 lead after 2 periods. Louis Belisle scored 2 goals for the Panthers in the 3rd period, one early on and the second with 4:38 to go. Belisle’s second goal seemed at the time to be the insurance goal, the one that put the game out of reach. Instead, it turned out to be the winning goal as Amherst poured it on on late in the 3rd period, scoring 2 goals but not being able to get the tying one. Mike Peters continued to be solid in net for the Panthers, getting the win and saving 26 of 29 shots. Nate Corey closed out his Amherst career with the loss, saving 19 of 23 shots. Middlebury heads for Brunswick, ME, next weekend where it will face Bowdoin, a team that has fallen to the Panthers in every prior encounter in the NESCAC play-offs, including four times in the championship game.)

Trinity 5 Wesleyan 4 (OT) (Here’s a link to a better quality video of the game-winning goal as well as a sense of the crowdHere’s a link to shaky but entertaining video of Trinity’s tying and winning goals. John (Mike) Hawkrigg scored the game winner on a wrap-around with about 2 minutes to go in an exciting and fast-paced OT period. Hawkrigg also tied the game up for Trinity on an extra attacker PP goal with 69 seconds  to go in regulation. Wesleyan led the game 3-1 after 2 periods and was ahead by 4-2 with less than 8 minutes to go in the game before Zach  Lombardi scored to pull Trinity within 1 goal. Hawkrigg had a 2-1-3 day while Keith Buehler had 3 assists on the afternoon. Both Ben Coulthard and frosh Nolan Daley were spectacular in OT as play was wide open throughout the extra period, with each team having several excellent opportunities and the goalies coming up with several amazing saves. Trinity had a 15-7 advantage in SOGs in the OT but Wesleyan came close to netting the game winner on several occasions. Daley saved 40 of the 45 shots that he faced while Coulthard had similar numbers (saving 37 of 41). Wesleyan likely has found its goalie of the future in Daley. Wonder what hothead Coulthard did (or more likely said) to get called for a 10-minute misconduct as the game ended (the time for the penalty was the same as the time of the Hawkrigg game winning goal)????)


7 Responses

  1. “it’s well past time for that curse to be erased from the Bowdoin lexicon.)”

    Is this a NESCAC blog or a Bowdoin blog???


  3. anyone getting the video to work?

  4. It’s large 1080p…takes some time to load. In .avi format

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