shots were 37-20 Norwich...I watched some of it and they controlled play throughout....it was one of those games that you knew who was going to win...a little bit of a yawner ! The link to the recap is below.
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Endicott worked HARD for 60 minutes. I was impressed with the work ethic and skating ability of their top two lines especially, which it looked like they relied on a lot in the final period with shortening the bench to mainly those two lines. Coach McPhee built Trinity into a national contender and I think he's on the right track with Endicott as well.
Ellen Carter was the biggest standout for me. In my opinion, she should be in the All-American discussion. She's as impressive as any defenseman I've seen in Division III this year.
Anyone who dismisses this team as an also-ran and thinks it's going to be an easy game is misguided. Is Endicott in the discussion amongst the "Big Six" right now? Probably not, but it's a third-year program that is still gaining traction. The program was just featured on NESN for 30 minutes with the New England Hockey Journal so that's only going to help recruiting.
Having seen both Conn. College and Endicott this year, I would think the two teams are relatively comparable. Conn. College might have a few more playmakers and scorers up front, but I think that would be a pretty good game.
I see Endicott making in roads and potentially becoming part of the D-III women's hockey elite in the next 3-4 years.
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Saw Conn College play Castleton earlier this week and it was a good loss for Castleton (3-2). Conn College was the better team but not by much, Castleton also played hard. When Castleton played Norwich and Plattsburgh earlier this year the gap was substantial.
I think PrezdeJohnson09 is spot on: the gap between the ‘big six’ and the rest is still pretty wide.
it's really not hard to make 'inroads' in women's d3...Academically, you have Nescac and then a wasteland of really unimpressive schools [sorry Platty, Norwich, etc.]...so if you are a passable academic institution [i.e. Hobart Willy Smith..or i suppose Endicott?] then girls will come and play at a place like that when they can't get into a nescac and don't want to settle for a Buff State or Platty for academic...so imo not surprising at all
and for the record, your eyesight is probably off if you think Conn and Endicott are even....Conn split with Midd....and Midd wiped the ice with Endicott 5-0....so logic would say that Conn vs Endicott would be similar to Midd/Endicott result...[other than u having seen a game....I'll go with the stats]
I'd guess that Conn-- Endicott will be a closer game than either Norwich/Endicott or Middlebury/Endicott.
2-2 late 3rd at Orr
Congrats to the Mammoths and Coach Matthews. Down 2-0 and just kept at it for the 2-2 tie
Some random thoughts (embodying many hockey clichés) on yesterday's 2-2 tie between Amherst (9-5-3, NESCAC 5-3-2) and Plattsburgh (15-2-1, NEWHL 10-0).
The Cardinals came off the bus flying, got the Mammoths back on their heels, but did not finish them off early. A third goal might have broken Amherst's will, but the goal never came and Amherst adopted the notion that (as in Pine Valley) 'we can play these gals' and were skating much better the last 10 minutes of the 1st. Brush forced a turnover in front of the Amherst bench, slipped a pass to Katonka, who found space into the high slot and beat Amherst goalie Plaman with a quick wrister up gloveside. Fast paced 1st with few whistles and lots of end to end action. Thank you St. Lawrence and St. Lawrence for such a judicious handling of the officiating!
Note to the rest of the NESCAC: Mammoths have a win and a tie with the national #1 and should not be overlooked as the regular season winds down.
Amherst had a great chance early in the 2nd with McNamara in on Plattsburgh goalie Abbott, dangling and then going just wide in her attempt to tuck the puck past Abbott at the stickside post. Plattsburgh mounted a sustained attack about 9:30 and Plaman had a spectacular series of stops before giving up the second Cardinal score. Corcoran passed left to D partner Flanagan (nice Cardinal career start with 7 points in 7 games); Flanagan's shot from the left point was deflected by Brush, positioned at Plaman's stickside, in under Plaman.
The 3rd featured solid goal play at both ends of the ice. Abbott was tested on a Toupal forehand at 4:30 and a Sauvage wrist shot from top of the left circle that she kicked out with her left pad. A rare, undisciplined elbow in neutral ice in transition resulted in an Amherst powerplay. Toupal moved the puck up the right half boards to Hunyadi; Hunyadi got her shot through and Griese dug the puck home from Abbott's gloveside. So, is a 2 goal lead the worst in hockey? Well in classic fashion, Mo returned to the Mammoth bench and things got interesting for the Amherst faithful (and by the by, kudos to the Cardinals and so many of their fans making the trip to Orr!). Minutes later Amherst netted another. Toupal came on ice, collected a loose puck in front of the Plattsburgh bench, and broke wide down left wing. Toupal was forced wide and shot from low in the left circle beat Abbott 5 hole. Toupal seems to define pesky sniper to me: great skater, making space from nothing, constantly flipping shots on net from all sorts of angles and unexpectedly sliding the puck to others in the kill zone.
The OT was skated 5x5, ECAC style. The Cardinals were mounting pressure as OT wore on and a penalty was called at 4:18. Coach Houle decided not to attack with an empty net (loss was bigger downside than the potential tie) and Plaman was strong in net as she withstood the onslaught and earned the 2-2 draw.
Plattsburgh has an off weekend before a trip back across the Lake Tuesday to visit another NESCAC foe at Kenyon.
Amherst resumes conference action with their visceral blood feud against Williams in a home and home opening at Orr Friday evening before moving up the Mohawk Trail to Williamstown Saturday evening.
Anyone else having problems with NSN loading?
I did at the start of the Midd-Hamiliton game for a few minutes. But they seems to have fixed it.
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