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    Quote Originally Posted by obserbear View Post
    Anyone else having problems with NSN loading?
    Assuming you're at the game tonight {odd, no?}...perhaps now you will understand why I told you Grant was top two nescac tender last year...for her to have those numbers, while playing for that [horrible] team...facing the quality scoring chances she does night in and night out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrossCheck View Post
    Assuming you're at the game tonight {odd, no?}...perhaps now you will understand why I told you Grant was top two nescac tender last year...for her to have those numbers, while playing for that [horrible] team...facing the quality scoring chances she does night in and night out?
    Regret medical issues have restricted my travels, but I hope to be returning to action before too long.

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    Get better Bear. We need your voice of reason from rink side.

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    Anyone care to share thoughts on the final 2 regular season matchups?

    Middlebury controls their destiny #1 seed-wise.

    Conn has Bowdoin at Dayton and a trip to Hamilton to end the year.

    Hamilton and Amherst fighting for #3-4 this weekend, although 4 wins for either would put a new wrinkle in the standings.

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    Well, I missed commenting on the penultimate NESCAC weekend, but here are a few thoughts. I've been known to jinx things with these comments.

    Midd vs Williams. This is a home/away series this weekend. Williams is playing well enough, and this is NESCAC, that the Ephs might be able to steal a tie or a win. OTOH, Midd is playing stronger and hungry in a way I've not seen in several years. Midd takes both games.

    Conn College vs Hamliton. Both Conn and Hamliton always weird at the end of the season. I call a split here.

    Amherst vs. Wesleyan. Wesleyan has an great goaltender and enough talent to be surprising. But Amherst, like Midd, seems to playing a championship level. Two games to Amherst. Note, if both predictions come true, the brings Amherst into a tie with Conn College for #2, with Conn owing the tie-breaker.

    Bowdoin vs Trinity. Bowdoin is hosting this game coming off a 4-2 loss to Endicott on Tuesday. Trinity has been playing better recently. Bowdoin's offense is impressive, and if they can avoid repeatedly turning the puck over in their own end, they can take both games and move into 5th place.

    Bonus game: Colby vs Endicott Gulls. The Gulls are a ranked team and looked pretty impressive against Bowdoin. If Colby can bring their A game they make it close, but I think the Gulls win this in a close game.

    Colby is off this weekend, and if both Trinity and Wesleyan manage to win at least one game, it will bump Colby to 9th and out of the NESCAC tournament.

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    Well, that was an interesting weekend. Williams, playing at home manages to steal a tie with Midd. Hamliton with their usual flair, manages to steal and win and a tie and putting them in to a tie for third place with Amherst. The Mammoths own the tie breaker, so Hamiton get a fourth seed in the NESCAC tournament, and still a home game.

    The NESCAC quarters are, I think:

    Wesleyan at Middlebury
    Colby at Conn College
    Williams at Amherst
    Bowdoin at Hamilton

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjoneslo View Post
    Well, that was an interesting weekend. Williams, playing at home manages to steal a tie with Midd. Hamliton with their usual flair, manages to steal and win and a tie and putting them in to a tie for third place with Amherst. The Mammoths own the tie breaker, so Hamiton get a fourth seed in the NESCAC tournament, and still a home game.

    The NESCAC quarters are, I think:

    Wesleyan at Middlebury
    Colby at Conn College
    Williams at Amherst
    Bowdoin at Hamilton
    And of course Trinity on the outside looking in. Before the season started, did anybody anticipate them having this bad of a season?

    Looks like the NESCAC is no different than any other conference when comparing the top teams to the bottom few in that there is a noticeable difference in the standings. They have a clear top six and a clear bottom three teams. (let the attacks of disagreement begin.... the parity police are out there just lurking)
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    Quote Originally Posted by shelfit View Post
    And of course Trinity on the outside looking in. Before the season started, did anybody anticipate them having this bad of a season?

    Looks like the NESCAC is no different than any other conference when comparing the top teams to the bottom few in that there is a noticeable difference in the standings. They have a clear top six and a clear bottom three teams. (let the attacks of disagreement begin.... the parity police are out there just lurking)
    LOL....and you just saw Williams tie Midd and lowly Wesly BEAT Amherst....so no, you're completely wrong. I didn't see Norwich or Platty losing to their Conf basement dwellers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrossCheck View Post
    LOL....and you just saw Williams tie Midd and lowly Wesly BEAT Amherst....so no, you're completely wrong. I didn't see Norwich or Platty losing to their Conf basement dwellers.
    A game here or there along the way sometimes doesn't go as expected, like Platty's tie against Oswego who have taken a major step backwards this year (besides Platty, that down-sized conference is basically garbage). I like how you're trying to tell me I'm wrong based on those 2 NESCAC games and just 2 other non-NESCAC teams. That's very selective of you. When you look at the standings of all conferences across the board for the whole season you'll see I'm right. To not see it is to have blinders on.....NESCAC blinders in your case. I guess it doesn't really matter either way in the end because you only get one AQ so good luck to all teams in the playoffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shelfit View Post
    Looks like the NESCAC is no different than any other conference when comparing the top teams to the bottom few in that there is a noticeable difference in the standings. They have a clear top six and a clear bottom three teams. (let the attacks of disagreement begin.... the parity police are out there just lurking)
    Yes, NESCAC is exactly like the all the other conferences which is why they have four of the 8 teams in the NCAA rankings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjoneslo View Post
    Yes, NESCAC is exactly like the all the other conferences which is why they have four of the 8 teams in the NCAA rankings.
    BINGO!

    [but please don't confuse that gavone with facts...it hurts his wittle head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjoneslo View Post
    Yes, NESCAC is exactly like the all the other conferences which is why they have four of the 8 teams in the NCAA rankings.
    Wow, clearly you NESCAC lovers did not attend NESCAC schools yourselves, given your poor reading comprehension skills. Here's my post once again so you can re-read and hopefully understand what I wrote:

    "Looks like the NESCAC is no different than any other conference when comparing the top teams to the bottom few in that there is a noticeable difference in the standings. They have a clear top six and a clear bottom three teams. (let the attacks of disagreement begin.... the parity police are out there just lurking)"

    The key words, geniuses, are: "when comparing the top teams to the bottom few in that there is a noticeable difference in the standings. They have a clear top six and a clear bottom three teams."

    For all of the posts there have been about how much parity there is within the league, I'm simply saying the standings at the end of the regular season show otherwise. I didn't say anything about this conference being or not being a stronger conference than other conferences, or how many teams they did or didn't have in the rankings, or whether the students do or don't get a better education there. My point is simple; there is a distinct and statistical difference between the best and worst teams in the conference, just like all the other conferences, and not the level of parity claimed by you guys. Some conferences are weaker and have terrible schools academically, but the point is that their standings also show a distinct separation between the best teams and worst teams in each of those other conferences. I didn't think it was that difficult of a point for you guys to understand. I think you're more than a little bit overly sensitive to anybody criticizing the great and glorious NESCAC. Relax!
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    Great to be back at Kenyon for this afternoon and the NESCAC quarter-final game against Wesleyan. The Panthers were impressive in skating to a 5-0 win, retaining the #1 seed and right to host next weekend's finals. Clearly frustrated by stellar play of Grant in the Cardinal goal, the Midd lead was 1-0 after the 1st. The Panthers then exploded for 3 goals in 11:30 of the 2nd and pretty much settled the issue. Just the way a really good team goes about beating the #8 seed.

    The 1st opened with a Midd 2x1 at 1:17 as Jackson broke wide right and fed Portner for a wide open drive from the left circle that sailed wide right. Wesleyan was awarded a powerplay at 4:19 only to see Winslow intercept a pass on the blue line, control the puck and play to Young on her right. Young moved wide on right wing and made the pass back to Winslow at the top of the crease to goalie Grant's stickside, and Winslow's quick catch and release roofed it. Pretty shortie! The Cardinals did have 3 shots on the powerplay. The remainder of the 1st would comprise a series of great Panther chances, and stops in goal for Wesleyan: 7:50 Jackson and Portner team again for a shot ringing off the gloveside post; 9:36 Liedt jets around and turns a D ending up in Grant's grill and forcing her to kick away her drive; 10:32 Wulf walks out of the right end boards and must be fended off the gloveside post and again Young on an open backhand gloveside at 19:49. Midd dominating, but all you can show for all this energy is a pretty shortie.

    The 2nd opened with Midd pressure on a powerplay. Then at 3:47 the Panthers scored on transition into the zone. Hlinka moved the puck to Griffin in the neutral zone; Griffin fed Barney who carried wide left into the circle for a drive beating Grant 5 hole. Liedt then scored a classic powerplay goal: puck out up right half boards from Portner to Lafontaine on the point and then a soft pass to Liedt on left point to ram home inside the short stickside post. Minutes later we saw Young carry and curl from the right wing, acoss the high slot on her forehand and suddenly launch a drive in close at the sickside of the crease, parried by Grant and collected and inserted by Portner, a stride behind Young at the same stickside post. Smith replaced Grant in net and made a nice stop on a powerplay drive by Zumwinkle, and then an impressive slide to Smith's gloveside robbing Jackson's put in from in close. Liedt added another as the period (effectively the game) came to a close. Zumwinkle fed Winslow, she moved off the left half boards, on goal, passed right to Liedt and Liedt picked the pass, firing one home from the slot, beating Smith gloveside.

    The 3rd passed uneventfully. 5-0 final with Panther goalie Han earning her 6th shutout going 10/10.

    This results in Bowdoin (upset winner over Hamilton) facing host Middlebury at 1 and Amherst against Conn College at 4 next Saturday. Hope to see you there.

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