Sunday, January 15, 2017

Conference Roundup 1/14/17

Tufts (7-4-3; 5-2-1 NESCAC)     3
Hamilton (11-1-2; 6-1-2)              1
Box Score 

...and then there were none. Tufts rode a 39 save effort from Top Seed Killer (TM pending) Mason Pulde to hand Hamilton their first loss of the year and to officially remove the title of "unbeaten" from any NCAA hockey team of any level or gender.

Special teams played a role in the game with Hamilton's goal coming on the man-advantage (Conor Lamberti) to take a short lived lead in the first (Hamilton was 1/7 on the afternoon) and two of the Jumbos goals coming short-handed. Neither was a traditional short-handed tally, however, as one of the goalies had vacated his respective crease when either goal was scored. The first came with the Jumbos down one in both the skater and score categories when the Conts' Brandon Willett tripped a Tufts skater.   With the refs arm in the air and Pulde to the bench for the extra attacker, the Jumbos rushed down the ice and freshman Clay Berger jammed home a loss puck before the Conts could touch up. Berger scored another in the second to give Tufts the lead before Tyler Scroggins sealed it with an empty net, short handed tally.

The Continentals are still in first at the half-way mark of the NESCAC conference schedule with Tufts and Williams right at their heels. Next Friday they'll head to Amherst, a place they have not won at for several years. The Jumbos head to the Nutmeg state for showdowns with Trinity and Wesleyan.

Conn College (3-9-1; 1-6-1 NESCAC)     1
Amherst (9-3-1; 5-3-1 NESCAC)            4
Box Score 

David White scored a power play goal in the third for the Purple and White, who never looked back, adding a short handed empty netter to finalize their sixth straight. Amherst added a +2 on special teams to end the game with the best special teams net (+6) in the conference. Conn College frosh Avery Gobbo made 26 saves in defeat while Connor Girard turned aside 22 Camel shots for the victory. Conn College stays on the road against Wesleyan and Trinity next weekend, while Amherst looks for six straight against Hamilton, a team they have owned in recent history at Orr Rink.

Wesleyan (8-4-1; 4-3-1 NESCAC)    4
Colby (6-4-2; 5-3-2 NESCAC)          4
Box Score

Tyler Kobryn put home a rebound off a James Kline shot with 1:42 left in regulation, less than a minute after Colby had taken their fourth lead of the game. Eight different skaters scored on the afternoon, including sophomore Thomas Stahlhuth's first collegiate tally on a beautiful splitting of two Cardinal blueliners on the aforementioned fourth Mules goal.

Dawson Sprigings stopped 29 shots for the Cardinals while frosh Andrew Tucci stopped 22 of the 25 Wesleyan shots he faced. A quick look at the box score shows 26 shots as Friday night hero Sean Lawerence was actually in net for the third Wesleyan goal in the only shot he saw. Tucci left for a few minutes for equipment issues, a problem that hampered Tucci on the road against Conn College in December as well.

The Mules hit the road in state for a matchup with non-conference foes Soutehrn Maine on Tuesday before leaving the Pine Tree State next weekend for games at Middlebury and Williams. Wesleyan returns home to face Conn College and Tufts.

Trinity (8-5-1; 4-4-0 NESCAC)        1
Bowdoin (7-8-0; 4-6-0 NESCAC)    5
Box Score 

Peter Cronin made 37 saves and five different Polar Bears scored (including Cody Todesco's team lading 12th) as Bowdoin stopped a four game losing streak and handed Trinity their fourth loss in conference of the season. The Bantams lost four games in conference all of last year, and lost four games in the CAC combined in the two seasons before that. Alex Morin stopped 27 of 32 shots and ended the game with a very pedestrian .897 save percentage in conference games. The Polar Bears head to Williams and Middlebury next weekend while the Bantams lick their wounds from an 0fer in Maine this weekend to take on Tufts and Conn College.

We've reached the halfway point of the NESCAC season (all teams are between 8-10 conference games). Things will only get more heated from here on out as teams jockey for position and we inch closer to the playoffs. Here's DC based classical pianist Jennifer Warren-Baker with "Intensity" 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Conference Roundup 1/13/17

First year Bowdoin coach Jamie Dumont's Bowdoin Polar Bears
 are looking for a second half push like they had in the last
season under Terry Meagher.

Tufts (6-4-3; 4-2-1 NESCAC)    

Amherst (8-3-1; 4-3-1 NESCAC)   4
Box Score

The future Fightin' Poets outshot the Jumbos 32-16 and four different Amherst skaters scored to keep the host Purple and White undefeated at home on the season (5-0-0). It was the first road loss on the season for the Jumbos (1-1-1), who played most of their non-conference schedule at neutral site tournaments.

Amherst takes on a struggling Conn College team at home on Saturday while the Jumbos travel to Hamilton, which unless you live under a D-III rock, you know are the only undefeated team left in NCAA hockey (Endicott women lost last weekend to extend it to both genders).

Wesleyan (8-4-0; 4-3-0 NESCAC)   5
Bowdoin (6-8-0; 3-6-0 NESCAC)     3
Box Score

The Cardinals  scored four goals in the third period, including an empty net goal by freshman Spencer Fox (kind of a gip to have that as your first collegiate goal?), to erase a 2-1 lead by Bowdoin after two periods of play. Senior Jay Kourkoulas had his first two goals of the seasson in defeat while sophomore Erik Wurman made 32 saves in dropping the first NESCAC home start of his career. Dawson Sprigings made 26 saves for the victory while Tyler Watt (1-2-3) led the Cardinals in scoring. 

Wesleyan, who has outscored opponents 16-7 in the third period this season, travels up to Colby to face the Mules on Saturday.  The Cardinals, who have only two winning seasons since NESCAC conference play started in 1999, head into the matchup four games over .500.  Bowdoin welcomes in a dangerous Trinity team that lost to Colby on Friday despite nearly doubling the Mules shot total. The Polar Bears will hope for a ten game unbeaten streak like they had around this time last year to avoid a disappointing season in Jamie Dumont's first year as bench boss.

Conn College (3-8-1; 1-5-1 NESCAC)      2
Hamilton (11-0-2; 6-0-2 NESCAC)          4
Box Score 

Nationally ranked Hamilton (#5/6) scored three unanswered third period goals to erase a 2-1 Conn College lead after two periods of play. It was only the second time the Continentals trailed in the third period this season, the other being in the season opener against Amherst when the Conts tied the game at one thirty seconds into the third. This time took a bit longer with the equalizer coming from a Benett Morrison shot from the blueline 5:14 into the final frame. The Conts took the lead seven minutes later on Jason Brochu's second of the night on a feed from Rory Gagnon. It was the sophomore's  second of the night as he provided the only scoring in the first period.

Both of Conn's goals game in the second period. Junior Chris Jellisen scored his first collegiate goal off a rebound from a Dylan Chase shot, while frosh Jacob Moreau scored on a breakaway to give the Camels their only lead of the night. Frosh Connor Roddericks made 37 saves in defeat to earn his first collegiate loss while Evan Buitenhuis made 29 saves in victoyr.

Conn travels to Mass to take on Amherst while Hamilton welcomes Tufts. A Hamilton win would assure that every one other than Williams (4-2-2 in conference) has at least three losses in conference to the Conts none at the half-way point of conference play.

Trinity (8-4-1; 4-3-0 NESCAC)     1
Colby (6-4-1; 5-3-1 NESCAC)      3 
Box Score 

Quinnipiac transfer Sean Lawrence made 39 saves to earn a win in his first start at home at the D-III level to move to 1-1-0 on the season. It was a night of short handed goals with three of the four (two for Colby- O'Connor, Doherty; and Trinity's only goal - Sabitsky) coming with a man down.   Overall, the Bantams went 0-8 power play, dropping to 12.8% on the season in conference games, bad enough for eighth in the NESCAC. Alexon Morin stopped twenty shots in defeat to fall to 6-4-1 on the season.

Trinity travels down to Brunswick for a chance to salvage the weekend against Brunswick, while Colby welcomes Wesleyan. It will be interesting to see if frosh Andrew Tucci (who was the full time starter prior to Lawrence's mid-season transfer)will get a start in net for the Mules with the rotation they used last weekend or if Lawerence has supplanted him as the starting netminder.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend and every team trying to either light a spark under their season (say, Bowdoin) or keep the flame burning (see, Hamilton),  here's a band from King's native Atlanta, Microwave (ok, yes, they are white boys) with "Lighterless". Unclear if they are from the part of Atlanta which includes Georgia's 5th Congressional district, which the PEOTUS called "in horrible shape and falling apart" today on twitter. So there's that. 


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Conference and Non Conference Roundup 1/7/17 and 1/8/17

Williams (5-4-2; 4-2-2 NESCAC)    4
Wesleyan (7-4-1; 3-3-0 NESCAC)     1
Box Score 

Williams rebounded from a loss at Trinity thanks to a pair of CJ Shuggart goals (one an empty netter) to seal the game in the third period. Sophomore George Blinick made the start in net for the Cardinals, letting up his first three collegiate goals on 26 shots to fall to 2-1-0 the year.

Bowdoin (6-6-0; 3-5-0 NESCAC)      3
Hamilton (5-0-2;10-0-2 NESCAC)   6
Box Score

Seven goals were scored in a wild third period with Hamilton coming out on top to remain the only unbeaten team in NCAA men's hockey.  Junior Brandon Willett's empty net goal sealed the game and his first career hat trick.  His hat trick combined with two assists against Colby the night before earned him NESCAC Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Colby (5-4-1; 4-3-1 NESCAC)        2
Amherst (7-3-1; 3-3-1 NESCAC)   3
Box Score 

Junior Conor Girard made 31 saves to lift the Purple and White (soon to be Hamsters?) to their fourth straight wins after a three game losing streak.  Colby is headed in the other direction with the Mules third straight loss. Frosh Pat Daly also tacked on his team lading ninth goal in the victory.

Middlebury (0-11-1; 0-8-0 NESCAC)     2
Trinity (8-3-1; 4-2-0 NESCAC)              5
Box Score 

Both Cole brothers scored and the Bantams outshot the Panthers 49-17 en route to a comfortable victory for the host Bants.  Middlebury's quest for their first victory does not have an auspicious outlook for the coming week with rivalry non-conference tilts at home against 2nd ranked Norwich and on the road at traditional DIII powerhouse Plattsburgh.

Tufts (6-3-2) 
Tufts spent the weekend at a tournament hosted by one of the newest DIII teams, Endicott College. On Saturday, the Jumbos fell in the opening round, 3-2 to Plymouth State (Box) with the Jumbos Nick Balboa notching his first collegiate tally (Mason Pulde made 34 saves in defeat). The Jumbos jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period against nationally ranked Neumann (#11/15) in the consolation game thanks to Balboa's second of the weekend/his career and junior Brian Brown's team leading seventh tally of the season. The Knights, however, struck back with three goals in the third to earn the 3-3 tie (Box). Junior Nik Nugnes made 43 saves on the afternoon for Tufts.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Conference Roundup 1/6/17

Colby (5-3-1; 4-2-1 NESCAC)              1
Hamilton (9-0-2; 4-0-2 NESCAC)       2 

Hamilton senior Robbie Murden scored 5:32 into the second period after a scrum in front of the net for what proved to be the last goal of the game. New Colby goaltender Sean Lawrence, who transferred form D1 Quinnipiac mid-season and was making his D3 debut, wanted an interference call from the boys in black and white but his pleadings fell on deaf ears. Lawrence, still clad in the navy and gold pads/helmets of QU, made 24 saves for the loss in his first collegiate action since November 2015 during his freshman year with the Bobcats under Rand Pecknold, a Conn College alum.

The Mules kicked off the scoring with an unassisted tally from Phil Klitirinos that trickled past Evan Buitenhuis just 2:14 into the 1st. It was just the second time this season that Hamilton trailed in the game and the first time since a 1-0 lead for Amherst in the season opener at Sage. Last night, the Conts were playing at Sage for the first time in 45 days while Colby was playing for the first time at all in almost a month.   

Hamilton drew even just ten minutes later when Neil Conway pounded home a rebound on the power play. The Conts went 1/5 while Colby squandered their six power play opportunities, including a brief five-on-three in the third that was quickly shortened on a controversial interference call on EJ Rauseo. Buitenhuis made 30 saves to move to a .963 save %, first in NCAA DIII men's ice hockey. 

Colby travels to Amherst on Saturday while the Continentals welcome the Polar Bears of Bowdoin. 

Middlebury (0-10-1; 0-7-0 NESCAC)    2
Wesleyan (7-3-0; 3-2-0 NESCAC)        3

Middlebury fought back from a 3-0 hole with two goals in the second but the Panthers were unable to net the equalizer in the final frame. The loss drops the Panthers to double-digit losses for the seventh straight season. Prior to that, the Panthers went 17 straight seasons (1994-2011) with single digit losses. On the flip side, Wesleyan has more wins this season than in the last two seasons combined (5-35-8). 

The victorious Cardinals welcome the Ephs on Saturday while Middlebury has the tall taks of trying to earn their first win of the season against a Trinity team that is starting to build momentum. 

Bowdoin (6-5-0; 3-4-0 NESCAC)        3
Amherst (6-3-1; 2-3-1 NESCAC)       7

The first five minutes of the game for the Polar Bears? Great, they scored twice. The rest of the game? Well, it wasn't as bad as the collapse in the NESCAC Quarterfinals last season, but it did include four unanswered goals by the Purple and White (who have narrowed their search for a new mascot to 30 candidates, including Fighting Poets and Dinosaur) in the second period. Junior Thomas Lindstrom had two goals and frosh Pat Daly added a tally to both end the night with the team in goals at eight. Peter Cronin was in net for all seven goals and made 22 saves to fall to 2-5-0 on the season while Adam Ellison stopped 20 pucks to improve to 3-0-0.   The Polar Bears try to salvage the weekend in Clinton, NY on Saturday while the P&W welcome Colby and their new goalie into town. 

Williams (4-4-2; 3-2-2 NESCAC)      0
Trinity  (7-3-1;3-2-0 NESCAC)        3

Junior Alex Morin made 23 saves in front of one roudy, audible child and 149 other people in Hartford to earn his first career shutout. On the other end of the ice, Anthony Sabitsky added his team leading seventh and eighth goals of the season. Trinity, after a pedestrian 3-3 start is 4-0-1 (exluding the exhibition loss to the US U18s) in their last five games, including a win over fourth ranked Adrian. The Ephs are 1-2-1 in their last four, but that stretch includes games against Trinity and Hamilton, top 5 ranked Norwich and a win against then top ranked Oswego.   The Ephs look to right the ship in the Nutmeg State against Wesleyan on Saturday while Trinity looks to blast winless Middlebury. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Non-conference action 12/29/16 - 1/5/16

Ryan Cole and Trinity traveled out West for an exhibition
against the US National U18 team and a rematch of the
2015 NCAA Semis against Adrian.

Happy New Year, NESCAC hockey fans. The merciful turn of the calendar after a generally despised year brought a week of non-conference play in the NESCAC, including some tournaments and Trinity's trip out West. Let's quickly go through each team alphabetically to see how they fared against non-Cac opponents. 

Amherst (5-3-1)
The Purple and White only had one game in this period against New England College on January 2nd. The Pilgrims had been on a five game winning streak headed into their matchup with Amherst following a loss to Hamilton in November. Junior Thomas Lindstrom had two goals and senior Adam Ellison had 16 saves for the Purple and White's 3-1 win over NEC.

Bowdoin (6-4) and Colby (6-2-1) 
The two Maine schools both took this period off to prepare for the start of NESCAC play in the New Year on the road against Hamilton and Amherst.

Connecticut College (3-9-1)
The Camels ended 2016 in Bah-stahn at the 52nd Annual Codfish Bowl hosted by UMass-Boston. The nationally ranked Beacons scored three goals against each of the three Conn College goalies for a 9-1 thrashing. In the consolation game, the Camels did their own thrashing thanks to the first collegiate hat-trick for senior Ryan Mowery for a 9-2 victory over a weak Franklin Pierce team.

Conn College gave frosh Connor Fredericks his first collegiate action between the pipes nearly a week later at home against the Manhattan Valiants. Fredericks made 28 saves and five different Camels scored, including Brian Belisle with his team leading seventh tally, as the Camels downed the Valiants 5-2. It was the first win in New London for the Camels since a 2015 NESCAC Quarterfinals OT win over Hamilton.

Hamilton (8-0-2) 
Hamilton, the only undefeated team in NCAA hockey at any gender or division level, opened up 2017 with a home-and-home against the Skidmore Thoroughbreds. On New Year's day at the Conts yearly game at the Clinton Arena, Hamilton downed Skidmore on the strength of 39 saves by Evan Buitenhis and tallies from five distinct Continental hockey soldiers. The next day in Saratoga Springs, Hamilton once again won, this time with Charlie Fennel and his 24 saves in net and two tallies from Truman Landowski for a 4-1 victory.

Middlebury (0-9-1) 
The Panthers stayed at home for their eponymous Middlebury Holiday Classic. In the opening round on Friday, the Panthers blew a 2-0 lead after two periods against Saint Anselm to end up tied at 3-3. Stephen Klein made a career high 43 saves but it wasn't enough to advance to the finals, as the Hawks scored the only goal in the shootout (officially the game is a tie). In the consolation game on New Year's Eve, the Panthers fell 1-0 to the lowly SUNY Canton 'Roos.

Trinity (6-3-1)
The Bantams took a trick out to Michigan for an exhibition against the USA Under-18 team and a non-conference tilt against fourth ranked Adrian. In the exhibition game, the Bantams actually lead the US national team 3-2 after two periods before letting up four third period goals for a 6-3 loss that won't hit the record books. The U18s have defeated all four D-III teams they have played this season, including the Adrian Bulldogs.

Speaking of Adrian, the Bantams downed the Bulldogs 2-1 in a rematch of the 2015 NCAA D-III semis thanks to two first period goals from senior Ethan Holdaway and Anthony Sabitsky and 18 saves from Alex Morin.

Tufts (6-2-1) 
The Jumbos were off for this period but will be playing in a tournament hosted by Endicott this weekend while most of the 'Cac is engaged in conference play.

Wesleyan (6-3-0)
The resurgent Cardinals traveled to upstate New York for the W.B. Mason Winter Classic hosted by SUNY Plattsburgh. The Cardinals faced the host Cardinals in the opening round and fell 5-3 to their namesake. In the third Place game, sophomore George Blinick made his second start of the season and earned his second shutout with 33 saves while junior Dylan Holze netted a hat trick for a 3-0 victory over Castleton State.

Williams (4-3-2) 
Williams traveled to Northfield, VT for Norwich's holiday tournament. In the opening round, the Ephs took on the then top ranked Lakers from SUNY Oswego. In a back and forth game that saw Oswego force OT with a goal in the final minute, the Ephs triumphed with an OT goal from senior Tyler Young for a 4-3 victory. Things didn't get much easier in the finals against the host and fifth ranked Cadets of Norwich, who jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one period. Williams isn't located in suburban New York, but the Ephs fought back valiantly (AMIRITE?) with three third period goals before ultimately falling 4-3.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Conference and Non-Conference Roundup 12/10/16

Amherst (4-3-1; 1-3-1 NESCAC)         4
Middlebury (0-8-0; 0-6-0 NESCAC)      1
Box Score   Recap

Freshman Pat Daly scored his team leading sixth and seventh goals of the season to help  Amherst snap a three game losing streak and earn their first NESCAC win of the season. The loss keeps Middlebury as the only winless team in the 'Cac at the end of the fall semester. Connor Girard made 28 saves in victory and Stephen Klein made 25 saves to fall to 0-6 on the season.

Hamilton (6-0-2; 3-0-2 NESCAC)      3
Williams (3-2-2; 3-1-2 NESCAC)       3
Box Score   Recap 

Hamilton scored three goals in the first half of the second period, and Williams responded with three power play goals over the rest of the game, including two from Alex Hagerty, to draw the Ephs even with the Conts. Evan Buitenhuis made 35 saves, including the only registered shot of OT, to keep Hamilton the only undefeated team in D-III men's hockey (or all of NCAA hockey, for that matter). Michael Pinios made 22 saves for the Ephs, Michael Pinios made 22 saves for Williams.

Bowdoin (6-4-0; 3-3-0 NESCAC)           4
Conn College (1-6-1; 1-4-1 NESCAC)     3
Box Score   Recap 

Sophomore Cody Todesco's second hat trick of the season lifted Bowdoin past Conn College, who still hasn't won a game at home since the 2015 NESCAC playoffs. The win gave the Polar Bears a much needed four point weekend in their first forage outside of Maine of the season.

Colby (5-2-1; 4-1-1 NESCAC)     1
Tufts (6-2-1; 4-1-1 NESCAC)      3
Box Score   Recap

A five-on-three power play goal from Brian Brown in the third broke a 1-1 tie as Tufts rebounded from their first NESCAC loss of the season on Friday to hand Colby their first NESCAC loss of the season on Friday.  Nik Nugnes got the start in net for the Jumbos and made 29 saves to improve to 2-1-0 on the season while Mules freshman workhorse Andrew Tucci made 20 saves in defeat.

Wesleyan (5-2-0)    5
Stonehill (3-7-2)     1
Box Score   Recap

Off from conference play, the Cardinals vanquished the Skyhawks in a matchup of avian themed hockey teams. Five different Cards scored and Dawson Sprigings made 28 saves between the pipes for Wesleyan.

Trinity (5-3-1)    4
Elmira (4-8-0)    2
Box Score   Recap 

Senior Ryan Cole scored the last two goals of the contest to lift the visitng Bantams past the Soaring Eagles. Trinity finished the weekend at 1-0-1 in their trip to western NY/central Penn in preparation for a trip out to Michigan to take on the US-18 team in an exhibition and then a non-conference tilt against Adrian at the end of the month.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Conference and Non Conference Roundup 12/9/16

First year Bowdoin coach Jamie Dumont earned a victory
in his first game outside the confines of Maine

Friday featured four conference games, including Bowdoin/Colby venturing out of the environs of Maine for the first time and a non-conference affair in upstate New York for Trinity in "The Cooler" against a nationally ranked opponent. 

Hamilton  (6-0-1; 3-0-1 NESCAC)      3
Middlebury (0-7-0; 0-5-0 NESCAC)     0
Box Score   Recap 

Reigning NESCAC Player of the Week Evan Buitenhuis made 21 saves for his second straight shutout as Hamilton remained the only undefeated team overall on the season in the NESCAC (Colby is still undefeated in conference) and Middlebury remained the only winless team in a rematch of last season's NESCAC Quartefinals.

Most of the scoring occurred in the first period when Conor Lamberti scored off a nice feed from Neil Conway and Robbie Murden put in a power play goal through traffic (Ham. was 1/5 on the PP; Midd. 0/2).  The Panthers thought they got in the board on the second when Buitenhuis appeared to cover the puck, but no whistle was blown. Greg Conrad assiduously poked away at Boots' glove until the ref was pointing at the goal and Middlebury celebrated. After a few minutes of a ref conference, however, the goal was called off.

The Panthers pulled Stephen Klein (31 saves on the evening) on their second power play of the evening with less than five to play but were unable to score. Shortly after the end of the PP, Truman Landowski threw in an empty netter to seal the victory. The Conts take their road blue to take on the home buff of Williams' new jerseys on Saturday, while the Panthers look for their first win of the season against Amherst in a rematch of last season's NESCAC semis.

Amherst (3-3-1; 0-3-1 NESCAC)          3
Williams (3-2-1; 3-1-1 NESCAC)        4
Box Score  Recap

It was a special (teams) matchup between the archrivaling shades of purple of Friday night. All seven goals were scored on special teams - three each for both squads on the power play and one short handed tally for Williams - and the Ephs bookended the scoring on the (alleged) book thiefs with two goals each each in the first and third periods. 2014-15 NESCAC Rookie of the Year David White had his first two goals of the season in defeat while Roberto Celini had his team leading fifth goal for Williams on a short-handed tally to pull even with Amherst in the third and David Italiano scored the game winner with 3:55 left for his team leading 11th point (3-8-11).

Michael Pinios had 23 saves for the victory while Conor Girard had 19 in defeat to fall to 1-3-1 on the year. Before last weekend the Purple and White were riding high after two straight wins over non-conference opponents and the highest nationally ranking in the 'Cac. Since then they have lost three straight in conference and sit alongside Middlebury as the only winless teams in conference. The two will meet on Saturday while Williams hosts Hamilton in a battle of the two reigning All-NESCAC goalies.

Bowdoin (5-4-0; 2-3-0 NESCAC)    4
Tufts (5-1-1; 3-1-1 NESCAC)            0
Box Score   Recap

Peter Cronin made 43 saves and freshman Tommy Dunleavy scoread twice for a Bowdoin win in their first game outside of Maine on the season and the first NESCAC loss of the season for Tufts. After starting the season 0-4, Cronin now has two straight shutouts after he started the week with a 22 save blanking of Southern Maine on Tuesday. Mason Pulde had 28 saves in defeat for the Jumbos.
The Polar Bears continue their southward venture to take on Conn College on Saturday, while Colby comes in to the Malden Valley Forum for a matchup with Tufts to close out the semester.

Colby (5-1-1; 4-0-1 NESCAC)                     1
Conn College (1-5-1; 1-3-1 NESCAC)        1 
Box Score   Recap 

Colby survived a third period goal from Conn College and wardrobe malfunctions to hang on for a tie and remain unbeaten in the 'CAC. Junior Michael Rudolf scored his first goal of the season in the 1st for the only scoring for the Mules while Jeff Thompson scored the equalizer for the Camels in the final regulation frame.  The box score says sophomore Mack Burton was in net for the Mules for the goal but  Andrew Tucci was in fact in net. Burton did play some of the third thanks to equipment isseus.    Tucci made 20 saves in regulation/OT while Burton made 11 saves in his stint in net (though these are likely to be updated when box score is). Avery Gobbo had 38 saves between the pipes for CC.   The Camels host Bowdoin on Saturday still looking for their first win in New London since the 2015 NESCAC quarterfinals (0-11-3 since) and Colby looks to down Tufts.

Trinity (4-3-1)     4
Hobart (7-2-3)    4
Box Score  Recap

Alex Morin made 31 saves as Trinity was outshot for the first time this season (35-29, including a 4-0 advantage for Hobart in OT). The eighth ranked Statesmen scored two short-handed goals for the second straight tie between these two teams in as many seasons. Four different Bantams scored while Ethan Holdaway and Ryan Cole each pitched in with two assists each. Trinity closes out the semester on the road in the Keystone state Saturday against Elmira.

Correction: We originally said Mack Burton was in net for Conn College's goal, but it was in fact starter Andrew Tucci. The box score is still pending update. Thanks to CC's play-by-play webcast announcer for the correction.