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  • #31
    OOC Changes

    Originally posted by petrietodonovan View Post
    One NESCAC team tunes up its out-of-conference schedule.
    Intriguing insight, great article and likely not a coincidence.

    The OOC schedule had historically been a two-edged sword. Do well in those games, and a National bid is more likely, do poorly, and cut your own throat. For that reason, many schools played patsies OOC and hoped for the best. In the ECAC/W the lack of an auto-bid created bi-modal philosophies, play the toughest OOC schedule you can (Elmira) or play the easiest (Utica).

    The Trinity omission last year added a (long overdue) new dimension to the paradigm that dictates that if you choose to avoid the tough OOC competition you're not getting an at-large berth [period] which seems to parallel the philosophies of the D1 basketball and now football playoffs. How closely the committees follow this will be directly correlated to the number of SEC/W teams in the final four.

    I like the new tenor which will hopefully create more competitive first and second rounds of the tourney, and better in-season match-ups.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by elbojpb View Post
      Intriguing insight, great article and likely not a coincidence.

      The OOC schedule had historically been a two-edged sword. Do well in those games, and a National bid is more likely, do poorly, and cut your own throat. For that reason, many schools played patsies OOC and hoped for the best. In the ECAC/W the lack of an auto-bid created bi-modal philosophies, play the toughest OOC schedule you can (Elmira) or play the easiest (Utica).

      The Trinity omission last year added a (long overdue) new dimension to the paradigm that dictates that if you choose to avoid the tough OOC competition you're not getting an at-large berth [period] which seems to parallel the philosophies of the D1 basketball and now football playoffs. How closely the committees follow this will be directly correlated to the number of SEC/W teams in the final four.

      I like the new tenor which will hopefully create more competitive first and second rounds of the tourney, and better in-season match-ups.
      Trinity also lost in their league semi finals to an unranked team. That was the killer.
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      • #33
        Re: Nescac 2014-2015

        The OOC slate over the holiday weekend didn't go well for the NESCAC as a whole but a few teams did come out unscathed.

        My rankings after the weekend:
        1. Bowdoin (6-0-1) Three weaker opponents but 3 decisive victories by combined 17-1 score. We'll see how they do when they have to leave the state of Maine but for now they are the only undefeated team in the league.

        2. Trinity (4-1-1) A shellacking of Mass Dartmouth and a L to an undefeated Mass Boston. Still a top 10 team in my book.

        3. Amherst (5-1-0) Two one goal victories including a win over a good Elmira team.

        4. Williams (4-1-1) Shaky weekend for the Ephs with a one goal win over a bad J&W and a OT loss to Morriseville.

        5. Hamilton (2-2-1) All in all, a L @ Utica and a 5-1 @ Canton isn't an awful weekend.

        6. Middlebury (1-3-2) definetly the toughest SOS in the league so far but that doesn't get them far with only one win. At least the Ls came vs quality opponents.

        The last 4 are pretty interchangeable and I believe will be fighting for the 7 and 8 seeds at the end of the year.
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        • #34
          Re: Nescac 2014-2015

          Senior Jordan Nathan, who played rarely over the previous three seasons, got two starts this weekend for Colby, posting a .95 save percentage and his first two collegiate wins. The first line of a freshman and two sophs scored a bucket-load of goals. Granted, the competition was less than stellar, but both opposing teams came into the weekend with winning records. The Mules are only going to get better as the season progresses. As a partisan, I always remain optimistic. But this year, I think there is some basis for my euphoria. And there's always a couple more seasons to come with these talented youngsters...
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          • #35
            Re: Nescac 2014-2015

            Originally posted by OLD GUY '61 View Post
            I agree and you're partly right, but it doesn't explain the disconnect between the skill and speed the players obviously have and their inability to jell in a game situation. I'm aware that there are seven new players who need to assimilate themselves into the current Middlebury "system" which is, apparently, different this year than in previous years; however, I'm not seeing much creativity with the puck so far. The goaltending is "like a box of chocolates" alright, but can't put it all on the goaltender when the defensemen allow people to walk right in without being molested at all. As Churchill said, they are "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma."
            I was glad to see Klein got the start in goal against Plattsburgh. I wasn't at the game but his numbers looks pretty good for a first game against a team like Plattsburgh. For anyone who was there, did he look good and whose gonna be in going forward now?

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            • #36
              Re: Nescac 2014-2015

              From NESCAC Weekly Release #3: Colby Sophomore Devin Albert (Reading, Mass.) had seven points with five goals and two assists in a 2-0 week for the Mules. Albert scored three goals and added an assist in a 7-0 win over Wentworth. He had a natural hat trick in the third period with a power-play, a shorthanded and a full-strength goal. In a 5-3 win over Salve Regina, he had three points on two goals and an assist. With the score tied 3-3 in the third period, Albert scored the game-winning goal at 6:04, less than a minute after Salve Regina had tied the game. He also had a power-play goal to close out the scoring and added an assist on the power play. Albert is second on Colby in scoring with nine points...

              And he doesn't get player of the week...
              Last edited by OhioMule; 12-01-2014, 10:00 PM.
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              • #37
                Re: Nescac 2014-2015

                Originally posted by rufus22 View Post
                I was glad to see Klein got the start in goal against Plattsburgh. I wasn't at the game but his numbers looks pretty good for a first game against a team like Plattsburgh. For anyone who was there, did he look good and whose gonna be in going forward now?
                I agree........Klein looked really good. That probably means he won't see the ice for a while (having lost). The Panthers are 1-1-2 in NESCAC and 0-2-0 OOC........winless against good teams and even against the rest, with three goalies getting starts. I don't expect anything different from last year, if it's that good (.500). I'd like to see Klein play again. I think Peters is a victim of a polar bear attack. Most goalies who lose to Bowdoin are never heard from again. One more NESCAC weekend ........I'm guessing they'll be 1-5-2 going into the break. Perhaps the offense will start sparking soon......more goals might get the crowd into the game.

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                • #38
                  Re: Nescac 2014-2015

                  First time posting this season after observing the first few weeks of action. Looks like the usual suspects will vie for the title once again based on early returns; Trinity, Williams, Bowdoin, and Amherst. Middlebury remains a bit of a mystery with their continued unrest in goal, and may actually fall into the lower 3rd of the standings as a result come late February. Hamilton could be factor with the highly touted rookie in net, but will need a lot to go right beyond strong net-minding for them to be a contender. We should see what Amherst is all about with road games at Middlebury and Williams this weekend. Bowdoin should run the table until January when they travel to Amherst and Trinity back to back for their first real test in the conference. Colby might be the dark horse of the group, but are very young. The Mules showed signs of life last season before fading down the stretch. Wesleyan, Tufts and Connecticut College seem to be in a perpetual state of mediocrity providing the occasional upset here and there.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by EastCoastBias View Post
                    Colby might be the dark horse of the group, but are very young. The Mules showed signs of life last season before fading down the stretch.
                    The Mules won 7 games mid-season, then the goals-against went way up. What Jordan Nathan did this past weekend was amazing, after having something like an 0-13 record the previous three seasons. It would be great if he could keep it up. Goaltending will be the key again this year.
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                    • #40
                      Re: Nescac 2014-2015

                      NESCAC winners and losers this weekend.

                      Bowdoin rolls over Conn College and Tufts.
                      Amherst goes 1-1 beating Middlebury but loses to Williams.
                      Colby goes 2-0 to keep the Camels and Jumbos winless over the weekend.
                      Hamilton ties the Panthers but loses to Williams who sweep the weekend.
                      Wesleyan goes 0-2 in non conference action vs Elmira and Hobart.
                      Trinity goes 2-0 over Utica and Hobart to match Amherst's earlier weekend broom over ECAC-West foes.

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                      • #41
                        Re: Nescac 2014-2015

                        Originally posted by EastCoastBias View Post
                        NESCAC winners and losers this weekend.

                        Bowdoin rolls over Conn College and Tufts.
                        Amherst goes 1-1 beating Middlebury but loses to Williams.
                        Colby goes 2-0 to keep the Camels and Jumbos winless over the weekend.
                        Hamilton ties the Panthers but loses to Williams who sweep the weekend.
                        Wesleyan goes 0-2 in non conference action vs Elmira and Hobart.
                        Trinity goes 2-0 over Utica and Hobart to match Amherst's earlier weekend broom over ECAC-West foes.
                        A 2-0 weekend for Trinity, combined with Amherst's sweep could loom large for the NESCAC come Pool C talk..
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                        • #42
                          Re: Nescac 2014-2015

                          Keep an eye on Hodgson on Amherst. Kid is talented. Compete level is high too.
                          Not too often does a player have talent and compete hard on a nightly basis.

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                          • #43
                            Re: Nescac 2014-2015

                            Originally posted by EastCoastBias View Post
                            NESCAC winners and losers this weekend.

                            Bowdoin rolls over Conn College and Tufts.
                            Amherst goes 1-1 beating Middlebury but loses to Williams.
                            Colby goes 2-0 to keep the Camels and Jumbos winless over the weekend.
                            Hamilton ties the Panthers but loses to Williams who sweep the weekend.
                            Wesleyan goes 0-2 in non conference action vs Elmira and Hobart.
                            Trinity goes 2-0 over Utica and Hobart to match Amherst's earlier weekend broom over ECAC-West foes.
                            Well, Bowdoin looses to CC, Hamilton beats Williams, and Tufts wins over Colby. Does this make any sense to you?

                            I saw both Tufts and Conn College play when they came to Middlebury for the season opener. They are not the roll over teams they used to be.

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                            • #44
                              Re: Nescac 2014-2015

                              Originally posted by HockeyFan22 View Post
                              Keep an eye on Hodgson on Amherst. Kid is talented. Compete level is high too.
                              Not too often does a player have talent and compete hard on a nightly basis.
                              What??
                              I know a team in De Pere, Wi. that has a roster full of players like this....
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                              • #45
                                Re: Nescac 2014-2015

                                Originally posted by tjoneslo View Post
                                Well, Bowdoin looses to CC, Hamilton beats Williams, and Tufts wins over Colby. Does this make any sense to you?

                                I saw both Tufts and Conn College play when they came to Middlebury for the season opener. They are not the roll over teams they used to be.
                                Disappointed doesn't even begin to describe my reaction to the Colby U-18s loss last night. Uninspired play combined with lackluster goaltending... I don't understand the decision to use Verrier. I guess the coach underestimated Tufts' ability to score. This afternoon the Mules face a team with a hot goalie that is coming off its biggest win ever. And my Conn College buddy from my adult hockey league team is coming over this afternoon to watch the game. I should have waited until I saw last night's results before I invited him.
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