Nice updates on NESCAC, good to get info on all teams in conference on the year.
Amherst (2-4-1, 1-2-1 NESCAC) resumes action Saturday and Sunday, hosting undefeated William Smith (10-0, 8-0 UCHC).
Amherst coming back after losses to Elmira and Oswego at Orr and an inconsistent weekend against Trinity.
Hope to be in Orr at least Saturday!
Nice updates on NESCAC, good to get info on all teams in conference on the year.
Appear to have overlooked Lake Forest's foray to the East.
The Foresters (6-3-2, 5-1-2 NCHA) visit Colby (3-2-2, 2-2 NESCAC) on Sunday, then slide south into Watson, as Bowdoin (0-7-1, 0-2 NESCAC) looks to escape an unimaginable (remember those 'dreams in black and white') 0/9 start to the season.
12 regular season conference games remain to be played in sorting out this year's NESCAC. Heading up to Kenyon to watch another round of Amherst-Middlebury Friday and Saturday (before slipping across the App Gap to Northfield for the East/West!).
Hamilton is the winner of the Delta Hotels Burlington Ice Hockey Classic at St. Michaels, besting Buffalo State and Southern Maine
Williams takes down the Polar Bears
Colby sweeps Wesleyan at home.
Middlebury takes 3 points.
Conn and Trinity split their series in Hartford.
I, as a longtime observer of NESCAC play, realize the odds of the above predictions coming true approach zero, because NESCAC conference play never makes sense to anyone (but the Goal Gods).
Good Luck to all coaches, players and parents for a successful season.
Amherst and Middlebury traded powerplay goals as goalies Walker for Amherst and Han for Middlebury were both stellar in turning aside the other 51 shots, resulting in Middlebury (4-1-3, 3-0-2 NESCAC) and Amherst (4-4-2, 1-2-2 NESCAC) skating to a 1-1 draw.
Amherst clearly benefited from the 2 games they played last weekend and had territorial advantage early in the contest. Midd had an early chance at 2:40 of the 1st when Keating moved across the slot and flipped a backhand off the top of the cage from low in the right circle. Mammoth goalie Walker made a nice right pad stop on Liedt's try from in close gloveside at 14:30. Amherst cashed in their 2nd powerplay of the contest. Swarming low in the right corner Hoang and Wiater dug the puck to Hunyadi on the right boards. Hunyadi skated out up along the wall, curled onto her forehand above the top of the right circle and slung a long wrist shot, up off the ice and in off the far post on Han's stickside.
Early in the 2nd Middlebury's powerplay goal came with seconds on the penalty and was more a goal in transition than a powerplay set piece. Portner fed Zumwinkle in center ice in front of the Middlebury bench and Zumwinkle entered the zone on the right and launched a rocket of a slap shot; Walker parried the drive with her right pad, but Hargrave snared the long rebound around the left dot and quickly put a forehand in high over Walker's stickside.
The 2nd featured uneven flow with refs Rapin and Cross whistling 5 penalties in a minute and four seconds and fans witnessed some 3x3 play.
Middlebury had shaken off the rust and dominated the 3rd, outshooting the Mammoths 14-4 for the period, but goaltender Walker was equal to the challenge. Late in the frame, at 16:56, Amherst forced Han to cover in the crease after DelRosso threaded a shot through traffic.
Overtime failed to produce a score and 1-1 was the final.
Rematch tomorrow at 3.
Various headlines in the local Sunday papers proclaim something along the lines of "Gold(stein)en Leidt fills Kenyon" reflecting the fact that goaltender Goldstein (24/24) and sniper Leidt (rare NESCAC natural hat trick) led the Panthers to a 3-0 win over Amherst Saturday afternoon.
Leidt showed the direction the game would go in, drilling one off the crossbar from low, right circle at 4:50. Amherst created extended possessions and pressure on Goldstein middle of the first, but was unable to score. Mammoth tender Walker thwarted Barney at 16: with a nice move to cover; Barney handcuffed her with a drive from low right circle, then Walker moved right stuffing Barney, who'd fought to the gloveside of the crease, finding her own rebound. An innocent line change dump in became a good chance for Amherst at 18:30 with Flynn racing down the puck in the right circle and swooping in on Goldstein at the gloveside post.
The 2nd period action was back and forth with chances at both ends of the ice. Midd D and Goldstein were very good killing an Amherst powerplay called at 14:37. The Panthers then cashed in a 5x3 goal (second Mammoth penalty a stick flying slash top of the crease). Leidt won a faceoff in the left circle, Jackson fed Marotta up top, Leidt set up in the left circle, and rammed the return feed on a onetime forehand past goalie Walker up gloveside.
3rd period opened with Goldstein making a blocker stop on Amherst's Hoang at :35, followed by long Mammoth possession in the offensive zone around 8:15 and a good scoring chance by Mammoth McNamara. Leidt's second score came with Ryan pinching deep in the left corner, getting the puck to Jackson on the end boards; Jackson moved behind the net, feeding Leidt in the slot for the forehand score. Leidt's hat trick came on the powerplay with Zumwinkle fielding a clearing attempt high inside the blueline, launching a drive that Walker kicked out, only to see Leidt catch and release the rebound from low left circle, in the open twine stickside.
Amherst emerges from the foray to Vermont as a very good (4-5-2, 1-3-2 NESCAC), but I am sure disappointed, team. Middlebury improves to 5-2-3, 4-0-2 NESCAC (securing NESCAC tie-breakers with Conn, Amherst and Trinity thus far).
Bowdoin rides a stellar effort by goalkeeper St. Denis and 2 goals by Bell to a 2-1 OT win over Middlebury.
Safe travels to you all.
Last edited by obserbear; 01-19-2019 at 08:17 PM. Reason: 'n'
The Bants are vastly improved with the addition of their transfers. The Polar Bears finally got off to that good start I talked about
Mammoths take down the Cadets 3-1 behind goalie Walker's outstanding evening!
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The Norwich NSN broadcast team are my favorite on-line producers...replay no less...great job!!!
Norwich seems like a PaperTiger this year...Ranked high based on last year and reputation. They are a good team but not a top team...more like #8 if you ask me. One-woman show on offense. Stop Conway and you stop them. That said, Amherst is a very solid team [as are at least 6-7 others in the NESCAC].
Conway is certainly the star but McGovern is very talented too. NU has had a hard time replacing Schwenzfeier which really gave them 2 great lines last year. Just havenít been able to find a consistent person to fit in that role which has generated more line shuffling including breaking up McGovern and Conway from the same line.
Weíll see what happens in the Middlebury game, but Norwich certainly still has the talent to get to the FF this year. Just need it to all come together.
I think Elmira might have the goods this year with all those seniors...
Trinity can't feel good about this result....not good at all...they have to be feeling very sick about it in fact.
I did not go up to Hartford for this game, but looks like Coach Maurice wanted to get some play for a goalie who had not yet seen the ice this season, ran into a Plymouth St. goalie having one of those 48/50 'puck looks like a basket ball games' and the rest is in the books. Hats off to Plymouth St! Got up two, saw Trinity score twice and then made a one goal lead stand up for a period and a half, despite being outshot 19-2 in the 3rd
A goalie facing 50 shots and giving 5 goals (.900 save %) or 6 goals (.880 save %) as a career stat would not see much ice time on pretty much any DIII (certainly NESCAC) roster.
Obserbears, 1000% correct!
Hey, The bear's managed their second win, now two in a row!
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