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NESCAC Fan
02-03-2013, 08:32 AM
Will be a very interesting 2 weeks. At the top of the bracket, Bowdoin seems to have the easiest road playing one top 4 team, 2 bottom 4 teams and a 5-6 team. Trinity may have the second best sched playing 1 bottom 4, 1 top 4 and a 5-6 twice. Middlebury and Williams play each other twice and Amherst both once.

The bottom 4 teams all have a shot and it all depends on momentum. Tufts, CC and Colby have a fairly equal path each playing two bottom 4 teams twice, a 5-6 team once and a top 4 once. Hamilton has 2 vs top 4 and 2 vs bottom 4.

petrietodonovan
02-03-2013, 10:35 AM
Observations on the smartest conference in D3..........

Wesleyan finds defensive religion and grinds out a 0-0 score vs Williams = blown chance for the Ephs to stay with 2pts of first place Bowdoin;
Amherst cruising at 3-0 vs Colby heading into the 3rd period coming off a huge road win at Bowdoin only to give up 2 goals in 5 seconds (what, shot in off the center ice face-off??) and 3 goals in under 4-mins = blown chance to move up to 4th place;
Trinity's Ben Coulthard turns away 35 shots while your teamates get 2 goals on only 14 total shots = a blown chance to take advantage of splendid goal play and take over 2nd place outright;

Going to be a fun couple of weeks down the strecth.........

Amen to that. Circular firing squad at the top of the conference keeps the Polar Bears in the lead. With Middlebury v. Williams home and home next weekend while Bowdoin travels to Trinity and Wesleyan it'll be interesting to see of Amherst can regain some traction. They've got Tufts and Conn Coll so they'd be in a good position to pick up points while the others split the weekend.

EastCoastBias
02-10-2013, 06:55 PM
Things are tightening up!!!

Midd splits home and home with Williams (1-2-1 last 4.....). Amherst gets critical 2pts at ConnColl with Tufts on tap (2 more pts?). Bowdoin ties Wesleyan (what is the Cardinals secret vs Polar Bears?). Trinity rolls at Colby (will the Bantams finish 2nd in the standings?) Snow caused weekday games coming up before showdown weekend.

EastCoastBias
02-10-2013, 09:35 PM
Middlebury and Williams have played 16 games and are tied in the standings at 22pts behind the Polar Bears. Both teams play Amherst and Hamilton next weekend to finish up. All other teams have played 15 games. Can't see Bowdoin losing to Tufts and ConnColl, but Trinity could be a problem, especially in CT whenever they get together. I'll give Amherst a win at Tufts tomorrow since they have been merciless in their last 3 games vs the Jumbos. After 16 games the Jeffs should have 22pts tied with Midd and Williams for 2nd spot going into top 4 or out situation next weekend. Trinity has the Bears and a home and home vs Wesleyan. The Cardinals are stuck in 6th place win, lose or draw their next 3. That could be good news for the Bantams if the Cards interest level requires them to play injury free in anticipation of the quarterfinal round. If so, Trinity will has good chance to finish 2nd in the conference. Hamilton dropped one to Tufts today letting the Jumbos and Mules in with a chance to grab 8th spot. Continentals have Midd and Williams up next, so forget it, they are done with 8pts on the year. Who knows Colby at Tufts Feb 16 could be for 8th place and the reward to be canon fodder at Bowdoin in round 1. The Camels, I think, can do what is needed to finish 7th as they hold the advantage record-wise against Tufts are simply better than the Mules.

So where we? Williams gets a great win at home vs the Panthers only to give it back today at Kenyon and appear to have cooled off at the wrong time of the year. They will face a determined Lord Jeff squad bent on revenge from an earlier loss in their ancient rivalry. Middlebury will be seeking to avenge an earlier loss to Amherst, but the Jeffs seem to have them figured out winning the last 4 contests, so 1pt at Orr would be a good result. Trinity has too much defense for Wesleyan and I'm not sure the Cards will be 100% committed anyway. Bowdoin should do enough stay on top even if their focus wanes. In the end I'm speculating the standings will be as follows at 7pm on Feb 16:

Bowdoin
Trinity
Amherst
Middlebury
Williams
Wesleyan
Conn Coll
Colby

Speculatory comments are welcome and feel free to disagree.

d3follower
02-11-2013, 12:33 AM
Hamilton plays Conn College on Monday so could pick up 2 more points to get to 10 before it closes out with Middlebury and Williams. If it beats Conn College (not a given at all), I think that Hamilton staggers into the eighth spot.

EastCoastBias
02-11-2013, 09:12 AM
Hamilton plays Conn College on Monday so could pick up 2 more points to get to 10 before it closes out with Middlebury and Williams. If it beats Conn College (not a given at all), I think that Hamilton staggers into the eighth spot.

Thanks, missed that. Hamilton has life after all. Still think the Mules sneak into 8th.

EastCoastBias
02-11-2013, 07:23 PM
And right on que, the Continentals find form and take out the Camels 7-3 in New London. Who knew??

Amherst 3 Tufts 1 after 2. Watching the Jumbo webcast. No audio and camera is not focusing on the scoreboard......kinda painful compared to some other NESCAC webcasts. It was 1-0 Tufts after 1 and the Jeffs opened up for 3 in the 2nd.

EastCoastBias
02-11-2013, 07:47 PM
4-1 Amherst half way through the 3rd. Jumbos are cooked.

neumyer
02-13-2013, 09:27 AM
Does anyone know if the Bowdoin-Trinity game that was postponed on 2/9 will be made up? It seems crucial to the final standings.

polarbear2
02-13-2013, 12:15 PM
Does anyone know if the Bowdoin-Trinity game that was postponed on 2/9 will be made up? It seems crucial to the final standings.

the question of the week...been waiting on the answer myself:confused:

WillieC
02-13-2013, 12:24 PM
Given the difficult logistics it would likely be played only if needed..likely Mon/Tues

EastCoastBias
02-13-2013, 01:15 PM
Given the difficult logistics it would likely be played only if needed..likely Mon/Tues

I think the game will be played. I like the Bantams to pick up at least 3pts vs Wesleyan x 2, Middlebury to get 2pts minimum, the same for Williams. Amherst may get anywhere from 0 to 4pts. Either way, I see the Trinity and Bowdoin playing to decide the Bantams final position in the standings. That will set up the question of how much Bowdoin will want to be involved.

nescachockey
02-14-2013, 01:12 PM
With the standings so close heading into the final weekend, it is very likely the Trinity/Bowdoin game would have an impact on the final standings. Trinity has two games with Wesleyan, who can't move up or down in the standings.

SCACfan
02-14-2013, 06:23 PM
Trin v Bow 7:00 Monday at Brooks Academy North Andover

polarbear2
02-14-2013, 06:33 PM
Trin v Bow 7:00 Monday at Brooks Academy North Andover

and we have the answer....

Steve Day
02-14-2013, 06:52 PM
Trin v Bow 7:00 Monday at Brooks Academy North Andover

should be a great game approximately 1/2 way between schools and important to seedings for league tourny

jimmy d
02-14-2013, 08:10 PM
I just visited the Brooks School website,and when I went to "athletic facilities" I found it interesting that they don't even mention a hockey arena! I was wondering what the size of the sheet might be.

polarbearfan
02-14-2013, 08:49 PM
should be a great game approximately 1/2 way between schools and important to seedings for league tourny

Both teams are also prime candidates to take the NESCAC tourney regardless of seeding and Bowdoin is in the running for a pool c bid if they don't win the NESCAC so a win vs a ranked opponent could help in NCAA seedings as well.

polarbearfan
02-14-2013, 08:52 PM
I think the game will be played. I like the Bantams to pick up at least 3pts vs Wesleyan x 2, Middlebury to get 2pts minimum, the same for Williams. Amherst may get anywhere from 0 to 4pts. Either way, I see the Trinity and Bowdoin playing to decide the Bantams final position in the standings. That will set up the question of how much Bowdoin will want to be involved.

For the same reason I just posted, Bowdoin can't afford to lose a game let alone against a ranked opponent, especially if they don't win the NESCAC auto bid.

polarbear2
02-14-2013, 09:47 PM
I just visited the Brooks School website,and when I went to "athletic facilities" I found it interesting that they don't even mention a hockey arena! I was wondering what the size of the sheet might be.

The hockey rink is mentioned on the school website as being attached to the Brooks Athletic Center. No mention is made as to the size of the sheet:rolleyes: