Saturday, December 13, 2014

Non-Conference Finals 12/5 - 12/12

NESCAC MIH ended in 2014 with Hamilton's 3-3 tie at home against Cortland on Friday night. Earlier on Tuesday, Bowdoin came back from a 1-0 deficit in the third to blowout University of Southern Maine. Last weekend while the rest of the league had conference Wesleyan was swept in the empire state. 

Friday December 12th 
Cortland (5-6-2; 3-5-1 SUNYAC)  3
Hamilton (3-3-2; 2-2-1 NESCAC)  3
Box Score  

Both teams scored two power play goals apiece as Hamilton closed out the 2014 NESCAC MIH calendar with a non-conference tie with the Red Dragons. Neither team played a particularly crisp breed of hockey as Continental freshman Tim Nowacki (G, '18) made 27 saves in his first collegiate minutes and start. Starting goaltender Evan Buitenhuis (G, '18) did not dress again after suffering a concussion in a loss to Utica back on Thanksgiving weekend.

Four Continental goalies have now seen action this year. Nowacki looked solid enough, save a soft third goal to give the Red Dragons the lead  back shortly after the Continentals tied it 13:45 on a one-time goal from Kenny Matheson (F, '16) on a feed from Robbie Murden (F, '17). Hamilton would earn the tie thanks to a Pat Curtis (F, '15) goal on a feed from Murden. Tyler Bruneteau (F, '18) tipped in a Marko Brelih (D, '15) blast from the point in the second period for the first Cont goal.

Hamilton is now 0-1-1 at Sage Rink this season and 0-4-1 in their last five at home dating back to last February. They travel to Boston for two games at the Codfish bowl to kick off 2015 before returning home for nine of their final fourteen games.

Tuesday December 9th 
University of Southern Maine (1-9-0; 0-7-0 ECAC-East)  1
Bowdoin (7-2-1;3-2-1 NESCAC)                                       4
Box Score Recap

Bowdoin scored four third period goals to erase a 1-0 Huskies lead after two periods and stay undefeated in the state of Maine. Bowdoin came back to the Pine Tree State following a surprising 0fer against traditional NESCAC doormats Tufts and Conn College the weekend prior.

Coach Meagher rested several of his seniors including McGinnis/Quinn/Palumbo as Bowdoin rolled to victory in the third on the strength of Chris Fenwick (F, '16)'s first two tallies of the season. USM goalie Kyle Shaprio (G, '18) keptt the Huskies, who were outshot 32-16, in the game in the first two periods before the floodgates opened. Shapiro became so frustrated in the third that he broke his stick after repeated voluntary poundings of his stick against the ice and post after the third Polar Bear tally.

Bowdoin has a long break, as they don't play the first weekend of January like the rest of the 'Cac. They'll return to action against Hamilton/Amherst on January 9th and 10th looking for their first win outside of the state of Maine.

Friday December 5th                                                                Saturday December 6th 
Trinity (5-1-1; 3-0-1 NESCAC)   1                                         Trinity (6-1-1; 3-0-1 NESCAC)    4
Utica (3-5-2; 0-4-1 ECAC-W)     0                                          Hobart (6-4-0; 4-2-0 ECAC-W)     3
Box Score   Recap                                                                    Box Score   Recap 

On Friday night, Trinity ruined Utica's "Teddy Bear Toss" at the Utica Memorial Auditorium with Nathaniel Heilbron (G, '16)'s first career shutout. In nine previous installments of the toss (fans toss teddy bears to donate to charity after UC's first goal), the Pionners had a 7-1-1 record and had always scored first. The only tally came in the first on Sean Orlando (F, '17)'s fifth of the season.

On Saturday, two Elliot Vered (F, '16) goals in the third period lifted the Bantams past Hobart. Freshman goalie Alex Morin (G, '18) stopped 33 of 34 stops for the win. He was replaced for ten minutes in the second by Heilbron, who gave up two of the three Statesman goal, after Morin received a 10 minute game misconduct penalty.

The Bantams return to action the first weekend of January to wrap-up their non-conference schedule against Plytmouth State and Western New England.

Friday December 5th                                                              Saturday December 6th 
Wesleyan (2-5-0; 1-3-0 NESCAC)   1                                     Wesleyan (2-6-0; 1-3-0 NESCAC)  6
Hobart (6-3-0; 4-2-0 ECAC-W)        4                                    Elmira (4-4-2; 2-2-2 ECAC-W)       7
Box Score   Recap                                                                    Box Score  Recap

Wesleyan dropped a pair in upstate New York last weekend, including a shootout in Elmira in which they outshot the Soaring Eagles 51-26. The Cards open 2015 at the Salem State tournament in an opening round game against a Wentworth team that has already lost handily to Bowdoin and Colby.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Conference finals 12/6/14

Amherst (6-2-0;3-2-0 NESCAC)     3
Williams (5-2-1; 4-1-1 NESCAC)   4
Box Score Recap 

Williams came out victorious in the 129th meeting of Ephs/Lord Jeffs thanks to a power play goal by Greg Johnson (D, '16) in the third to break a 3-3 tie. Craig Kitto (F, '15) notched his second career hat-trick for the Ephs' first three goals. For Amherst, David White (F, '18) scored a power play goal, Conor Brown (F, '16) scored his team leading fifth goal and coach Bruce Arena's son Pat Arena (F, '17) netted his first tally of the season.

After a poor performance by reigning NESCAC All-First team goalie Sean Dougherty (G, '15) in a loss to Hamilton on Friday, coach Bill Kangas gave freshman Stephen Morrissey the nod in goal. The Kent product made 23 saves while Dave Cunningham (G, '16) stopped 22 of 25 Williams' shots in defeat.

Williams returns to action first weekend of 2015 out in Minnesotta against Gustavus Adolphus and St. Olaf. Amherst heads to upstate New York that weekend for the Plattsburgh tournament to take on Utica then either host Platty or New England College.

Colby (2-4-2; 0-4-2 NESCAC)                5      
Conn College (2-5-1;2-3-1 NESCAC)     5
Box Score    Recap 

A momentum pendulum affaired closed out conference play in New London on Sunday. Conn College scored three period goals to erase a 5-2 Colby advantage after two periods. The Mules had scored four unanswered goals in the second to take the lead after Conn College opened up a 2-1 advantage in the first three minutes of the second.

EJ Rauseo (F, '17) had his first career hat trick -including two of Colby's three power play goals in five chances - along with adding an assist on  linemate Devin Albert (F, '17)'s tally. Mules freshman Dan Dupont (D, '18), scored his first collegiate goal to round out the scoring. For Conn College, Joe Birmingham (F, '17) put in two markers to end the day as the Camels leading goal scorer. JC Cangelosi (F, '15) put in the game tying goal with 3:11 left.

Tom Conlin (G, '15) stopped 34 shots, including the only four by either team in OT, while Mules senior Jordan Nathan (G, '15) made 25 shots. Not sure why, but last year's starter Sam Parker (G, '15) has yet to see a minute of action this season for Colby.

The Mules head to Vermont in early 2015 to take on #2 Norwich in the opening round of the Northfield Bank Tournament, while Conn College heads to Boston that weekend to take on #6 UMass-Boston in the Codfish Bowl (Hamilton is also in this tournament).

Hamilton (3-3-1; 2-2-1 NESCAC)       2
Middlebury (2-4-2;2-2-2 NESCAC)    6
Box Score    Recap 

Middlebury killed off a five minute major to end the second then scored two third period goals to break open a 4-2 contest after two periods of play. The Continentals fought back from an early 3-0 deficit with a goal in the final minute of the first and a power play tally in the early going in the second, but the Panthers regained the momentum when Mike Najjar (F, '17) netted a wrister from the point nine minutes into the second. The goal concluded a long offensive zone possession for the Panthers marked by Hamilton's inability to clear the zone.

The Panthers had three special teams goals on the afternoon, including Paul Falvey (D, '16) netting his first collegiate tally on a short handed rebound off a George Ordway (F, '17) shot. Ordway scored his first of the season and Jake Charles (F, '16) put in his team leading fifth and sixth markers of the season. For Hamilton, Robbie Murden (F, '17) scored his team leading fifth goal, all scored in the last three contests.

Charlie Fennell (G, '17) made his third straight start for an injured Evan Buitenhuis (G, '18) and made only 18 saves for his first loss of the season. On the other end, coach Bill Beaney might have finally found his answer in net in freshman Stephen Klein (G, '18), who made 23 saves for his first collegiate victory.

Several documentary cameras were on hand at Kenyon Arena as well as the ref wearing a gopro camera for an upcoming documentary on Middlebury hockey produced by New England Hockey Journal. The documentary will air on Comcast Sports New England. We'll keep you updated as it gets closer to being on the air.

Hamilton concludes play in 2014 with a home game (their first since opening night) against SUNY Cortland on Friday December 12. Middlebury heads to Lake Placid, NY New Year's weekend for games against St. Michael's and Hobart.

Bowdoin (6-2-1; 3-2-1 NESCAC)     3
Tufts (4-4-1; 2-31 NESCAC)            4   OT 
Box Score   Recap 

Jumbos freshman Brian Brown (F, '18) scored his team leading sixth goal with 1:35 left in OT to complete the Jumbos sweep of their Maine visitors this weekend. The Jumbos now have five points in six conference games this season, the same number of points they posted in the entire 2013-14 campaign. And last year, they needed an upset win over Bowdoin in the regular season finale just to get to five points. Leaving Maine for the first time this season was not kind to Bowdoin, who also lost to Conn College on Friday, after entering the weekend as the only defeated team in the 'Cac (overall, Trinity is the only undefeated team in conference games).

Bowdoin concludes play in 2014 back in the friendly confines of Maine against USM on Tuesday, while Tufts returns to action against nationally ranked Oswego on January 2, 2015 in the Lakers New Year's tournament.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Conference Finals 12/5/14

Hamilton (3-2-1; 2-1-1 NESCAC)  5
Williams (4-2-1; 3-1-1)                    2
Box Score  Recap 

Hamilton put away two empty netters, including one nearly the length of the ice, to seal their first victory over Williams since January 2011 when current UMass-Lowell coach Norm Bazin was the Conts bench boss.

Williams had the only tally of a physical first period on the power play when Luke Stickel (F, '17) beat a screened Charlie Fennell (G, '17) with a wrister. Fennell started in place of Evan Buitenhuis (G, '18), who is recovering from what must be a concussion he suffered after being taken out by a Utica forward last Friday. In his place, the sophomore made 30 saves for his second straight win.

The Conts came back in the second thanks to the weakest part of their game: the power play. Hamilton went on their first man advantage when Craig Kitto (F, '15) went to the box for an interference call 4:11 into boothe seecond. Shortly after they give up a shorthanded chance coughing it up in the neutral zone, Marko Brelih (D, '15) regained the magic scoring touch from his freshman year when he scored an unassisted shot from the left circle past a screened Sean Dougherty (G, '15). It was Brelih's first goal in almost exactly a calendar year, when he scored another unassisted goal through traffic to beat Dougherty en route to a 1-1 tie with the Ephs back in Clinton on December 6, 2013.

Less than five minutes later Brelih put an almost identical power play goal to put the Conts up 2-1. Hamilton, who was 2/21 on the power play entering the game, went 2/2 on the evening.

Penalties against the Conts dictated the rest of the 2nd, specifically penalties against Brad Smelstor (D, '17). After an interference call on the sophomore blueliner, James McNamara (D, '17) from the point fed Kitto for a one timer from the right circle that ricocheted off Fennell's pads and into the net. Later in the period, Smelstor delivered a dirty hit from behind on Kitto, which earned Smelstor an early trip to the lockers and the Ephs five minutes of power play time.

Williams kept the play in the Conts end on the five minute major, but a physical Conts penalty kill and some whiffs on one timers kept the Ephs off the board. The third was marked by back and forth play as the Continentals held their own with some jumbled lines thanks to Smelstor's early shower. Williams also tried out the new line of freshman Colby Cretella (F, '18) with Kitto and Union transfer Alex Gonye (F, '17).

A fluke goal with just over six remaining gave Hamilton the lead. After the Conts gained controlled on a faceoff, Tyler Bruneteau (F, '18) flipped one in on Dougherty, who was caught off gaurd. The puck got sent back to the Conts bench: it was a fluky goal, but it was still his first collegiate goal. He'd add his second on an empty netter.

Hamilton takes on a Middlebury team that fell to Amherst this afternoon while Williams welcomes their bitter rivals, Amherst, who vanquished the Panthers.

Bowdoin (6-1-1; 3-1-1 NESCAC)           1
Conn College (2-5-0; 2-3-0 NESCAC)   3 
Box Score

There's no place like home. The Polar Bears left Maine for the first time this season and ended up losing for the first time in the 2014-15 campaign. Bowdoin, who entered the game as the least penalized team in the D-III nation, gave up six power plays to the Camels, who capitalized on one of them. Max Fenkell made 20 saves to fall to 4-1-0 on the season while Tom Conlin (G, '15) made 18 saves for the victory.

Colby 2-4-1 (0-4-1 NESCAC)     1
Tufts 3-4-1 (1-3-1 NESCAC)     4
Box Score  Recap

So much for non-conference games. After a promising start to OOC  play, the first game outside Maine left the Mules winless in conference play. The Benicky/Albert/Rauseo was shoutout as Mason Pulde (G, '17) made 28 saves for the victory while Emerson Verrier (G, '18) made 29 saves in defeat. Dan Kelly (D, '18) scored his first collegiate goal and Mike Leary (F, '17) scored his first goal of the season for Tufts.  Brian Brown (F, '18) scored his team leading fifth goal and Matt Pugh (F, '17) netted his fourth of the season.  The Jumbos welcome Bowdoin while Colby heads to Conn College for games on Saturday.

Amherst (6-1-0;3-1-0 NESCAC)         5
Middlebury (1-4-2; 1-2-2 NESCAC)   3
Box Score 

Amherst scored two goals in the third, including an empty netter to break a 3-3 tie after two periods. Bill Beaney's goalie woes continue as Liam Moorfield Yee (G, '16) left early in the second after giving up three goals on twelve shots in favor of freshman Stephen Klein (G, '18), who gave up one goal on twenty shots.  The Panthers stay home for Hamilton while Amherst heads down Route 7 to take on their bete noire, Williams, on Saturday.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Conference Preview 12/5/14

Bowdoin (6-0-1; 3-0-1 NESCAC)   at Conn College (1-5-0; 1-3-0) 
7 PM New London, CT Video Feed 

Bowdoin heads to the Nutmeg State for their first non-Maine game of the season as the only remaining unbeaten in NESCAC MIH. The Polar Bears have scored 5+ goals in five of their first seven games, but their early season success has been just as much about the other end of the ice. Early season stats don't tell us much - especially with three of the games coming in non-conference play - but Meagher's men venture past state lines with the fourth best Goals Against Average in D-III hockey at 1.43. Senior goalie Max Fenkell (G, '15), who had only one shutout in his first two seasons in Brunswick - has three shutouts in four games and currently sports a gaudy 0.75 Goals Against Average.  Special teams has been going the Brunswick boys way as well, with more short handed goals (3) than power play goals (2) allowed, not to mention being the least penalized team in the D-III world.

Conn College has been less fortunate, scoring more than three goals only once in six games. The Camels have lost four straight since defeating Wesleyan 5-2 in New London opening weekend. 364 days and 233 miles ago in Brunswick, an 0-7-0 Camels squad came back from a two goal deficit to beat Bowdoin 3-2 in OT. The Camels will likely need another 30+ save performance from Tom Conlin (G, '16) in order to pull off a similar result down the road in Connecticut on Friday.

The Camels look to get back on the road to victory, while Bowdoin hits the road for the first time this season. Here's Bob Dylan's  "On the Road Again" from the electric side of "Bringing It All Back Home". It's set to pictures from "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" because sure, why not?

Colby (2-3-1; 0-3-1 NESCAC)  at Tufts (2-4-1; 0-3-1 NESCAC) 
7 PM Malden, MA   Video Feed   Live Stats 

Like Bowdoin, Colby heads out for their first game outside of Maine state limits. Both the Mules and Jumbos are still looking for their first win in conference and both had successful starts to the OOC schedule last week with Colby going 2-0 and Tufts going 2-1. It will be interesting to see how the Mules line of Albert/Benicky/Rauseo, who had a breakout performance last weekend, does when it returns to conference play. The question of who will play in net for the Mules, freshman Emerson Verrier or senior Jordan Nathan (or perhaps previous starter Sam Parker?) is also a development to follow for Colby.

Two winless teams in conference meet. Something's gotta give, right? (please pretend ties do not exist. This one's for the more seasoned vets in the 'Cac loving community, Sammy Davis Jr.'s "Somethinng's Gotta Give" 

Hamilton (2-2-1; 1-1-1 NESCAC) at Williams (4-1-1; 3-0-1 NESCAC)
7 PM   Williamstown, MA   Video Feed  Live Stats

Williams lost in OT in the finals of the Skidmore Invitational to Morrisville, but the Ephs are still undefeated in league play heading into this one. Hamilton split their in-state OOC Thanksgiving weekend with a loss at Utica and win against lowly Canton, but the Continentals were making noise last we heard of them in conference with a 1-1 tie against Trinity. The Conts are the only team to hold the Bantams to less than three goals, thanks in large part (entirely?) to the 46 saves from freshman goalie Evan Buitenhuis (G, '18). Buitenhuis left the loss to Utica after two goals and just one plus period after a UC player roughed him up after the whistle. If "Boots" is cleared to play, it will be interesting to see how he rebounds in another big conference road game like the one at Trinity.  On the offensive side, Robbie Murden (F, '16) finally broke out against Canton for his first three goals of the season. How does he respond returning to league play?

For Williams, we know who will be in net, Sean Dougherty (G, '15), as he is the only netminder to see action for the Ephs this season. Williams has been paced offensively by their freshman forwards, CJ Shuggart (6-5-11) and David Italiano (4-3-7). Their two leading goal scorers from a year ago, Craig Kitto (F, '15) and George Hunkele (F, '7), have only one goal between the two of them, though Kitto has had seven helpers. Will they return to their light lamping ways against the Conts rookie netminder?

Hamilton hasn't beaten Williams since 2011. They'll need to bring the funk against the Ephs and Conts rookie Boots will probably to need to make some sprawling saves to pull off the upset. Here's funk legend Bootsy Collins with "Stretchin' Out" 

Amherst (5-1-0;2-1-0 NESCAC) at Middlebury (1-3-2; 1-1-2 NESCAC)
7 PM   Middlebury, VT    Video Feed   Live Stats 

The New England Hockey Journal will be in town this week filming scenes for a show about the historic D-III Middlebury hockey program to be aired on New England cable. Gone are the days, however, of eight national titles. The current version of the Panthers just fell to 1-3-2 after losing both games at the Primelink tournament for the first time since 2002. Coach Bill Beaney put Stephen Klein (G, '18) - his third goalie of the year - in the pipes against #3 Plattsburgh last time out. Klein let up four goals, but did make a solid 35 saves. Will Beaney turn to the frosh for an answer in net or will he return to Liam-Moorfield Yee (G, '16)?

The Panther goalie carousel over the last few years has been much discussed, but the Panthers offense hasn't done their netminders any favors early in the season. Middlebury has failed to score more than three goals in any of their first six games. They go up against an Amherst team that just won a nearly goal-less 1-0 game against non-conference foe Nazareth last weekend.

Did rookie Stephen Klein ask Beaney to put him in? Is he ready to play... today...on center ice? John Fogerty's "Centerfield" 

Non-Conference Preview 12/5/14

Trinity (4-1-1; 3-0-1) at Utica (3-4-2; 0-4-1 ECAC-W)
7 PM    Utica, NY  Video Feed Live Stats  Radio 

Last Sunday the discussion of Trinity's upgraded out-of-conference schedule went from abstract concept to concrete reality as the Bantams lost 5-3 to undefeated and nationally ranked UMASS-Boston in Hartford. Trinity takes their OOC rehabilitation tour on the road Friday to the Aud to take on a Utica team that is far more dangerous than their 3-4-2 record suggests. The Pioneers have disposed of their last two opponents, the NESCAC's own Hamilton and Conn College. The game before that they tied 2nd ranked Oswego in front of a D-III record crowd at the Carrier Dome.

Friday night should see a packed crowd at the 4,000 seat Aud, as opposed to the Hamilton game which was "sold-out" officially but was only half full. It's the tenth annual Teddy Bear Toss in which UC fans bring teddy bears to be donated to charity, which they throw out on the ice after the Pioneers first goal of the game. The game will be televised locally on WPNY - My Network TV. You can see the 2013 broadcast of the toss below.


UC has ordered special jerseys for this year's game and UC has published a "How-To-Guide" for the toss for fans as well as some tidbits about the game. The first Teddy Bear toss was in 2005 with UC beating Hamilton, UC has a 7-1-1 record in TBT games and the Pioneers have scored first in all nine games.

Utica has gone with Providence/USM transfer Dylan Wells (G, '16) in the last two games, both wins, but senior Mike Taffe (G, '15) earned a tie against #2 Oswego the game before that. Will be interesting to see who former Hamilton Continental player and UC coach Gary Heenan puts between the pipes against a potent though at times streaky Bantam attack.

Trinity will try to be the first team to shutout the Pioneers on Teddy Bear Toss night and make fans make their donations after the game instead of on the ice. In honor of that, here's Minus the Bear with "Zeros" .

Wesleyan (2-4-0; 1-3-0 NESCAC) at Hobart (5-3-0; 3-4-2 ECAC-W) 
7:30 PM    Geneva, NY 

The Cardinals head to upstate New York for OOC games against Hobart and Elmira this weekend. First up are the Statesman, winners of three of their last four games, including an OT victory over the aforementioned Pioneers. The teams last met at Wesleyan in December 2013 with the Cardinals winning 6-2 on the strength of an Elliot Vorel (F, '17) hat-trick. The freshman phenom has fallen into a sophomore slump, netting just two points (1-1-2) in six games after 26 points in 25 games a freshman, with most of those coming in the first half of his rookie campaign.

To defend the honor of the 'Cac, we want the hat-trick against Hobart Elliot Vorel back. So, here's The Jackson Five with the classic "I Want You Back" 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The 'Cac Gives Back: #GivingTuesday Links

It's #GivingTuesday, an annual day of giving back that dates all the way back to the ancient year 2012. In honor of this day, we are giving you some links to NESCAC hockey related articles, including some about how members of the 'Cac community are giving back.

Team Impact 
Lucien Hodell (#28) celebrates the 2014 Bowdoin 'Cac title
Team Impact is a charity that matches children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses with college athletic teams. The kids get to be a team member and attend games, wear a jersey and even sometimes have a press conference to announce their signing commitment. It's a great experience for the children and an equally great experience for the college athletes.

Several NESCAC men's hockey teams have Team Impact players, including Bowdoin, Colby, Conn College and Williams. Lucien Hodell, Bowdoin's Team Impact player, has been on hand for the last two NESAC titles for the Polar Bears, including on the road in Hartford this past March when Bowdoin upset Amherst in double OT. He can be seen in the picture on the right wearing his #28 jersey, which was given to him by former All-NESCAC defenseman Tim McGarry (D, '13).

If your team hasn't signed up, please consider doing so today. If you know of an eligible child that would like to try and find a suitable team (hockey or otherwise), you can sign up at the link as well.

Sign up for Team Impact here 

Middlebury Gives Back/NEHJ Feature 
At this Friday and Saturday's Middlebury hockey games against Amherst/Hamilton, the Panthers will be raising money and goods for Helping Overcome Poverty's Effects (H.O.P.E.). After Saturday's game against the Continentals, Middlebury will also have its annual "Skate with the Panthers" event.

Also over the weekend, New England Hockey Journal will be filming scenes from the game for a special on Middlebury hockey that will air on Comcast Sports New England. NEHJ did a show on Williams last year following the leadup to the Frozen Fenway game against Trinity.

For more on Hope Vermont, click here. For information from Middlebury for this weekend, click here.

Skate with a Polar Bear 
On Sunday, December 14,2014, the Bowdoin men's and women's hockey teams will host "Skate with the Polar Bears" from 12- 2 PM. Admission to the event will be one non-perishable food item to be donated to the local Brunswick food bank. To learn more, click here.

End of Movember 
With the turn of the calendar comes the end of Movember, a month where men grow out facial hair and raise money for men's health. This year, the 'Cac combined forces as all ten men's hockey teams had a movember official team page. The conference did a feature on the 'Cac's efforts last month. As of December 2,2014, the NESCAC teams have raised $25,121, with Amherst raising the most at $9,215 and Middlebury the least at $330.

If you have some good pictures of your team's 'staches, send them our way. If we get enough, we'll run a poll for the best 'stache in the 'Cac.

The MacDonalds 
The Morning Sentinel did a feature on Colby coach Blaise MacDonald and his son, Cam MacDonald, a freshman forward on his father's Mules squad. Talks about the recruiting process, the younger MacDonald's puck luck and his propensity for landing his father in the trainer's room.

Randy Whitehouse - Colby father and son building Mules' future together 

Non Conference Finals 11/30/14

Two NESCAC teams fell from the ranks of the unbeaten on Sunday, but the 'Cac went 4-2 overall to increase the season OOC record to 14-8-0. 

Salve Regina (3-4-2; 3-2-0 ECAC-NE)    0
Bowdoin (6-0-1; 3-0-1 NESCAC)            8
Box Score Recap 

Max Fenkell (G, '15) made 27 saves for his third shutout in four starts this year and the Bowdoin offense scored eight goals, including four power plays, in the game played at Colby.  Matt Lison (F, '18) scored two goals and Cullen Geary (D, '18) put in his first collegiate goal as seven different Polar Bears scored. Bowdoin outscored ECAC-NE opponents 14-1 on the weekend.  The 10th ranked (USCHO and Polar Bears play their first games of the season outside the confines of Maine when they take on Conn College and Tufts this upcoming weekend.

UMASS-Boston (8-0-0; 4-0-0 ECAC-NE)   5
Trinity (4-1-1; 3-0-1 NESCAC)                    3
Box Score Recap 

The Beacons scored four unanswered goals in the second and third after Trinity took a 3-1 lead early in the second frame on a Liam Mckillop (F, '15) tally. Sean Orlando (F, '17) scored the two Bantam goals in the first. The nation's D-III leading scorer, Stephen Buco (F, '15) put in two tallies for UMB, including an empty net goal. Nate Heilbron (G, '16) made 27 saves as the Bantams fell from the ranks of the unbeaten. They'll travel to upstate New York this weekend for non-conference games against Utica and Hobart. The game at the Aud on Friday is the annual Teddy Bear Toss.

 Nazareth (4-4-1; 3-1-1 ECAC-W)   0
Amherst ( 5-1-0;2-1-0 NESCAC)    1
Box Score   Recap 

Topher Flanagan (F, '16) scored the only goal of the game in the first as Dave Cunningham (G,  '16) made 27 saves for his second shutout of the season. Fresh off a three-win non-conference week and their first appearance in a poll this season (#15 USCHO), Amherst heads to Middlebury and Williams for league games this weekend.

Morrisville (4-4-2; 2-4-2 SUNYAC)      3
Williams (4-1-1; 3-0-1 NESCAC)          2  OT
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Williams surrendered goals in the second, third and OT periods to relinquish a 2-0 lead after one on goals by frosh David Italiano (F, '18) and Dan Doherty (F, '18) (his first collegiate goal). 14 of the Ephs 24 goals this season have now been scored by freshman. The  Ephs loss coupled with Trinity's loss leaves Bowdoin as the only undefeated team left in the NESCAC. The Ephs host Hamilton and Amherst this weekend.

Wenworth (4-4-1;2-2-1 ECAC-NE)    0
Colby (2-3-1; 0-3-1  NESCAC)           7
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Devin Albert (F, '17) had a hat trick and an assist to complete a seven point (4-3-7) weekend while Jordan Nathan (G, '15) stopped 26 shots for his first career shutout. Nathan, who went 0-13-4 in his first three seasons as a Mule, is now 2-0-0 on the season with both wins coming this past weekend. The Colby line of  Albert-Rauseo-Benicky played very well in the Bowdoin/Colby Faceoff Classic, will be interesting to see how they fare in league games as Colby leaves Maine for the first time this season against Tufts and Conn College. 

UMASS-Dartmouth (1-6-2;1-2-2 MASCAC)  1
Wesleyan (2-4-0;1-3-0 NESCAC)                   6 
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Jay Matthews (F, '16) and James Kline (F, '17 ) had two goals apiece and Dawson Sprigings (G, '17) had 30 saves for the Cardinals victory. Wesleyan heads to upstate New York this upcoming weekend for tilts with the ECAC-West squads Hobart and Elmira.