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  • Mr.Right
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    Randoms:

    1. Absolutely LOVE the Wes YouTube broadcasts midweek. All you need is a skilled camera person. Make sure the Volume is ON so the viewer does not feel muted and feels like they are there. No Announcers on the stream. They are not needed. I absolutely love to hear just the sounds of the game. Who needs some guy "yackety-yak yacking" or driveling along when you have so much action in front of you. Some of these guys are obviously very good like Caleb Lamb for Colby, the Bowdoin and Midd guys as well. The Conn Announcer to start the year was absolutely nuts however he has not been on the broadcast lately but I thought he was funny. He used some odd language that hockey players probably understand but not me. When the Goalie was out of the net he would scream " The net is Yawning". When players would be clawing on the boards for loose pucks it would be "there mucking, there mucking, there mucking". Mucking usually means wasting time so I do not get that one until he compared farming on muck ground to farming in a compost pile. So his idea of "mucking" is to battle in cow sh*t?? IDK bout that one. Anyway as long as you know the rosters you have no need for an announcer just a skilled cameraman but I imagine people would start to complain. People LOVE to complain and some are very skilled at it but to me your wasting time. I used to battle with all the "haters" in my 20's and looking back it was a complete waste of time. There is only so much time in a day so best to spend it wisely and not waste a minute on these people. Moving On........

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  • Mr.Right
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    #MuleTrain Wknd Recap:

    After 3 Home Games in 4 days Colby came out of it with 2 Wins and a Loss. A 3-2 OT Win over Hamilton was the most exciting game and a 3-2 Win over Midd showed Colby knows how to Win games when they are not playing their best(and frankly showed Midd knows how to Lose Games however they are playing). A gritty 0-1 Loss v Amherst was frustrating as they had created some good looks but could not get anything by Amherst G #30 Dan Dachille. More importantly Colby is now 13-4-1(10-3-1) with 30.5 Points to lead the league. They are playing the most consistent Hockey in the league sporting a 9-1-1 Record over their last 11 Games. Everyone is chipping in and more importantly from a distance the players seem to be enjoying themselves and having fun throughout this whole season. It is amazing what winning can do.

    My Top 4 Contributers From The Weekend(not in any order)

    1. #33 Andy Beran-3 Games in 4 days no problem for the youngster. This Soph is super cat quick in net and made some great saves all weekend. He moves side to side with seeming ease which allows him to make some spectacular saves. I am guessing he sees the puck better than most and even if he doesn't he will get big and stick his torso in front of it. These Goalies not only need Cat like speed but they need Cat like eyes. He was even the primary Assist on #3 John McElaney's first GW'ing Goal of the weekend against Hamilton. A beautiful give and go between the two. In 17 Games Beran sports a 11-4-1 Record with a league leading 1.59 GAA and .939 Save % and 3 SO. Beran has only given up 27 GA and only 3 PPG all year.

    2. #3 John McElaney-Another Soph who is playing with a ton of confidence. He is 5-6-11 for the year and had 2 key GW'ing Goals this past weekend and leads the team with 3 GWG. The 5'10 170lb dynamo is all over the Ice, busts his butt, good quick hands, unselfish yet selfish enough to score 2 GW'ers and one of the better passers of the puck on his team. His GW'er v Midd showed his composure under pressure. McElaney smartly held the puck for an extra second before shooting which completly faked the Midd Goalie out who had to commit to the would be shot and once McElaney got the Goalie to commit it allowed McElaney a free look on goal which he calmly buried. A Fun player to watch and love that he is rewarded with PP minutes.

    3. Captain #2 Michael Thomas-One of Colby's 3 Captain's he finished the past weekend with a Goal and an Assist and was instrumental on the Defensive end in all 3 Games. He had missed some games in January but has come roaring back like a lion. Sometimes the play of the youngins' like Sullivan, Korpi, O'Brien etc on the defensive end can get an Injured / Covid veteran like Thomas who missed a few games real hungry again. Not that he wasn't before but competition within a team is a really good sign of hunger within the player. The kid plays with passion and is not afraid to throw his weight around with some heavy hits. In 15 Games he is 2-6-8 and is 3rd on the team in Blocks with 16(behind #6 Halpin with 27 and #20 Sullivan with 19).

    4. Captain #15 Quinn Doyle-Another of Colby's Captains he has really stepped up his game in the last few weeks. He has been rewarded with starting LW duties on the Top Line with C #12 Bourhas and RW #8 Grillo and joins them on the PP as well. A nice feed from Grillo behind the Goal to a charging Doyle and Hamilton's G #29 Sean Storr had no chance as Doyle buried it. In 15 Games he sports a 4-4-8 and is 3rd on the team with 46 SOG. The "Rachacha" native is a horse on the Ice and a tough kid not afraid to get his nose right into the action. His puck pursuit is for me the most entertaining part of his game to watch. He has a high Hockey IQ and awareness of where the puck is going and has the ability to get there first. A great example would be in the Colby v Hamilton game Doyle on his own created a 4v1(Colby failed to convert) with his puck hunting ability. He is smart and takes away space from the opponent with the help of his teammates as they take away passing lanes. Colby does this very well and if there were a stat for forced giveaway's throughout the game I am sure Colby would be near the top in the league. I suppose it would be tough to determine who actually forced the giveaway but maybe a good team stat that to me would be as important as Blocks. I would want to know how many giveaways my team and my opponent has throughout the game and where on the Ice these turnovers are happening. Almost like a +/- for turnovers. Who is on the Ice when we are forcing the most giveaway's.

    Honorable Mention:

    #6 Austen Halpin-This Senior Lefty D-Man had a 3 Game Weekend of 1 Goal, 1 Assist and 6 Blocks. The Goal was a bomb from the point that knotted up the score 2-2 in the 2nd Period against Midd. Halpin is not a Captain but that does not mean he is not a Senior leader on this team. He was pumped after the Goal and those were his first Points of the year. He has missed 4 Games but still has a wide margin of a lead in Blocks for Colby with 27 and shows discipline with only 3 Pens all year.

    #9 Brian Sanzone-Had a Goal and 2 Assists in the 3 Games and is 4-3-7 on the season. His physical play combined with his skill make him one of Colby's more dangerous offensive players.

    #12 Alex Bourhas-Bourhas sports a 4-2-6 and his play last month was rewarded with a spot on the Top Line and PP. He has not scored in the past 5 Games since moving to the Top Line after the Southern Maine clinic. Still I am a big believer in winning F/O's and gaining possession from the start. I see that the trend now is not to specifically care about the F/O as much as long as you hunt the puck right back to gain possession. Still it would save a ton of energy to just WIN the puck from the start instead of constantly having to recover. This is why Bourhas is here as he had 38 F/O Wins with only 24 F/O Losses. That is a high % and worthy of hon. mention.

    #13 Henry Molson-It is getting harder and harder to keep this kid off the Ice. His quick hands proved beneficial from behind the Goal as the Lefty made an incredible pass to Sanzone for his Goal v Midd. He also made an unreal saucer pass from his D Zone to #18 Jake MacDonald in the Amherst game to release him and get him free alone on goal. MacDonald dinged it off the bar but it would have been a highlight reel play. I get the feeling his lack of pace makes the Coaching Staff a little nervy and sometimes he can get careless with the puck in his own end but he has very quick hands and I believe with even more focus and discipline this kid will be not only scoring Goals but contributing everywhere on the Ice.


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  • Mr.Right
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    "Right Back On Top"---That whole piece I went into on Sunday about Colby coming back to the pack did not last long. With the Home Win over Midd on Tuesday they have a 3.5 point lead on 2nd Place Wesleyan with a huge Friday Night Clash coming up between the two teams. Frankly if Colby Wins that Game in regulation and they own the tiebreaker with Wes they will have a 6.5 point lead on Wes and maybe a 5 point lead on Trinity on Saturday morning with only 3 Games left in the season. That will probably be too much to overcome for anyone even Trinity because Wes and Trinity still have to battle on the final Weekend in a back-to-back. I think Williams with only 3 Games remaining might be to far back with 26 pts and Amherst with only 23.5 pts but with 4 Games remaining are also to far back. I believe it has come down to a three team race just because both Trinity and Wesleyan get to play Colby this Weekend and then each other in a Home and Away. We will certainly know where everything stands on Sunday but the Wes v Colby Game is both teams most important of the season.

    "Did We Have A Game Tonight?"---Wesleyan(10-8-2) walloped Albertus Magnus(12-7-1) last night 5-1 in a complete thumping. I was expecting a competitive game because I had seen Albertus beat Hamilton and Trinity plus Tie Conn. I forgot that they really have nothing to play for anymore as they have no conference affiliation this year and no NCAA berth possible. They will play in something called the GNAC Commissioner's Cup next weekend in a 2 Game Championship with which I am guessing other Independents because the GNAC conference does not have Men's Hockey. It should as a lot of their schools could benefit enrollment and $$$ wise. Oh yes the game well Wesleyan took advantage of an Albertus team that looked 1. uninterested in playing and 2. unwilling to work as hard as Wes. Wesleyan also came out dominant as they have for the past few weeks scoring the first 3 Goals for a 3-0 lead and adding 2 more with 3 total on the PP and it was "Good Night Irene" after the 2nd Period. The Wes PP is starting to click as they not only got 3 Goals off it they are creating all kinds of dangerous chances and are moving very well off the puck. But my favorite two Goals of the game were the two 5v5 Goals. Goal#1 Me Jaw Opened(My best Scottish go) #7 Jake LaChance continues his great play and the Wes D-Men love getting in on the offense. A cagey movement off the puck from the neutral zone by LaChance caught Albertus completely napping and nice unselfish passing by #16 O'Connor and #15 Cobb who then found LaChance tape to tape as he was charging in and ripped one of his filthy wristers to beat the Goalie. Goal #2 Me Jaw Dropped(my best Liverpool try) #2 Emmet Powell made an absolutely filthy move to lose an Albertus defender and create enough space to get a mean wrister off to beat the Albertus Goalie. Just a filthy move and worth the highlight reel. On a more serious note hope one of the Wesleyan Captain's Senior #9 Tyler Levine is doing better after he had to leave the game in the 1st period after what looked like he dislocated his shoulder. Hopefully they popped it back in and most likely told him his season is done even though the sling can come off in 2 weeks. Still you can play thru a dislocated shoulder after the 2 weeks but the doctor will not recommend it.
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  • Mr.Right
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    Goals of the past Weekend that I Liked:

    1. Wesleyan's #11 Alex Giummo---This Goal was a thing of beauty. A perfectly conducted Rush as it was started by a #13 Sorabella give and go with #7 LaChance with Sorabella ending up on the goaline playing across the goal to Giummo who buried it. Wes had an early 3-0 lead in the 1st period at Midd and they were clicking all over the Ice but this Goal was my favorite.

    2. Bowdoin's #17 Albert Washco---This was all Washco as his stop and cut just beyond the point got him free from his man and into the high slot where he snapped a wrister on the PP to give Bowdoin an early 1-0 lead v Amherst.

    3. Colby's #2 Michael Thomas---Another PP Goal that is completely scored wrong in the boxscore. They have #14 Breitenfeldt with an Assist and it should be #3 John McElaney. Eh small potatoes I suppose. Anyway this PP Goal had everything. Deception-#9 Sanzone faked a slapper from the point and played McElaney across the Ice, this started to get Hamilton Goalie #29 Sean Storr out of his set position and moving side to side. Unselfishness-It took McElaney about 2 seconds to then then play Thomas at the opposite dot below the point where Sanzone had faked his shot, this caught Storr still on the other side of the Goal and moving back from one side to the other to try to get Thomas would be shot. Composure-Thomas did not rush and took the extra second he had and placed a beauty near post over Storr's left shoulder. Not easy and most kids would have rushed that shot to try to beat Storr as sometimes under pressure you can get nervy and start rushing shots and passes. Anyway I liked this Goal because of my 3 keys in Bold.

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  • Mr.Right
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    Some Respect for Trinity:

    Trinity finished the weekend with a Win and a Tie for a respectable 4.5/6 pts on the Road. Trinity now sits at 10-7-1(8-5-1) with an admirable 5-2-1 Road record. I was unable to catch anything but the box score for their 2-2 game at Midd on Friday night but from what I saw in the 3-2 Win at Williams on Saturday afternoon I was very impressed. They were relentless all game, disciplined(1 Penalty), more unselfish than I expected them to be and every player worked hard for 60 minutes. All that plus some timely scoring and a solid effort in net by the Frosh G #35 JP Mella who played both games on the weekend.

    Trinity leads all of Nescac with 53 Goals in 18 Games. That is a 2.94 Goals per game average in what is probably one of the better OOC schedules in the league. They have a commanding lead in SOG with 630 for an average of 35 Shots on Goal a Game. The next best average is Colby with 507 for an average of 29 SOG/Game. The rest of the league is hovering on average between 26-29 SOG/Game. So Trinity is finding 6 more SOG than anyone else in the league but for me it is more important to know where the SOG are coming from on the Ice as quality chances are more important than quantity but more Shots equal more opportunities for rebounds and mistakes. You cannot score if you do not shoot. They lead the league in PPG with 18 and are 18/73 on the PP for a league leading .247%. They are 2nd in the league allowing only 37 Goals Against in 18 Games for an average of 2.06 GA behind only Colby (27 Goals Against in 17 Games for a crazy 1.59 GA per game). They are also a well disciplined team as they lead the league in the least amount of Pens called (68) and PIM (136:00) for an avg of 3.78 Pens a Game with an average of 7 minutes a Game in the Box just ahead of Williams and Wesleyan which are also well disciplined sides.

    Trinity can roll 4 Lines no problem and with a dangerous Top Line. My hunch is they probably still have some really good players not dressing. Their Top 2 Lines have the best production in Nescac. Against Williams they used LW #29 Jax Murray 8-8-16, C #19 Lucas Michaud 5-9-14 and RW #22 Gerard Maretta 9-6-15. Murray had an Assist on Maretta's Goal top shelf to open the scoring while Michaud got the GW'er from the slot on a 5v3 in the 2nd Period. Maretta is quick thinking with the puck on his stick and pushed hard on the rush. A real solid player. The Captain Michaud showed no fear by sticking his *ss in front of the goal and refusing to be moved including by Williams 6'4 D Lawrick just punishing him with carbon fiber to the back but still Michaud was unafraid and would move out and right back in causing all kinds of problems. Michaud has proven to be one of Nescac's most dangerous weapons offensively his entire career. He also showed well on the F/O's not only winning them but tying his opponent up. Murray showed real finesse with the stick handling as he had good control of the puck and was able to orchestrate it any way he wanted. He has never been in the Penalty Box and his dangerous speed and skill make him a real fun player to watch.

    Next Line they had LW #17 Riley Prattson 2-8-10, C #21 Kyle Tomaso 5-9-14 and RW #9 Cole Poliziani 2-4-6. Prattson is a high energy guy. He let's no one off easy and uses his quickness to effectively hunt the puck. At 5'9 185 he is built like a solid block and his low center of gravity gives him an advantage of having his body more stable when skating, stick handling and checking which allows him to play physical with some heavy hitting. Prattson finished with 6 Goals his Frosh year so you figure he is due with only 2 to date. Tomaso has 5 Goals overall of which 2 are GWG with 3 PPG and 1 SH. Sneaky good on those F/O's he seems pretty adaptable to playing with any of his teammates as he is always on a different Line when I tune in. Poliziani is Captain along with Michaud and is another dangerous offensive player but his numbers are down from his stellar Soph year of 9-10-19 with 4 PPG and 3 GW'ers so I am guessing he is playing more the "what does my team need from me today for us to Win this game and is fine letting others do the sniping" or I could be completely wrong and he could just be in an absolute scoring funk because he is still one of the PP units.

    Another dangerous Line is the Young Guns Line of Soph LW #13 Devan Tongue 5-4-9, Frosh C #16 Nick Siffringer 1-5-6 and Frosh RW #27 Richard Boysen 4-0-4. Both Siffringer and Boysen are solid two way players and are an important part of Trinity's PK units. Boysen got Trinity's 2nd Goal against Williams with a nicely placed wrister top shelf with of course help from his Frosh Linemate Siffringer who was in front of the goal setting a nice screen on Williams G #31 Ruschil to take him out of the play and set up Boysen. Sifflinger impressed me at Williams last weekend with his persistent and sustained hustle every shift he was on the Ice. As if it was his last shift and it is refreshing when Frosh come in and bust like this because it can be contagious for the veterans on the team as too see a kid who always brings it usually can rejuvenate a down on their luck upperclassman if their happens to be one on your team. Anyone named Devan Tongue better be a sniper and the kid has proven his worth as he can bring it with hustle, skill and the ability to create his own shot and score off it. A good young talented player that Trinity will be relying on to start driving the bus next year and beyond along with his Linemates.

    Lastly another solid two way Line with LW #12 Casey Rhodes 4-1-5, C #11 Paul Selleck 2-3-5 and RW Connor Sundquist 0-2-2 who is their most important forward on their PK. Selleck and Rhodes bring quickness and scoring danger right at tired defenses. Selleck is usually on the Top 2 Lines. I have seen #25 Jacob Smith used on this Line as well but he was scratched against Williams.

    Defensively two pairings stay intact. LD #28 Eamon Doheny 1-2-3 8 Blocks and RD #24 Ned Blanchard 1-3-4 speedster who is an important piece on the PP. Both are used on the PK and have shown incredible discipline with 3 and 2 Pens apiece respectively. They just complement each other well. Doheny is a big Deerfield Academy kid who has shown well as a Frosh. The other pairing that compliment each other well is LD #20 John Campomenosi 1-6-7 also leads the team in blocks with 19 and in Shots with 64. RD #23 Andrew Troy 2-1-3 with 13 Blocks. Both Campo and Troy lead the PK with Campo running the PP. Last defensive pairing was #5 Teddy Griffin and #3 Kevin O'Leary with #8 Jacob Borgida 1-2-3 another big physical presence but does lack pace.

    PP Has 18 Goals and with these Lines you can see why Trin leads Nescac in %.

    PP#1 Tomaso-Michaud-Maretta-Murray-Campo.

    PP#2 Tongue-Selleck-Poliziani-Prattson-Blanchard.

    PK Trinity plays an I-Formation on the PK with the forwards staying very pinched and tight playing off each other and the defenseman. Sundquist is very good at this and to me he leads the PK and sometimes is used as the xtra skater and only plays on the PK which is a huge advantage.

    PK#1 Sundquist-Prattson-Blanchard-Doheny.

    PK#2 Siffringer-Boysen-Troy-Campo.

    Starting Goalie had been #33 Patrick Pugliese but #35 JP Mella started both games this past weekend. Maybe Pugliese has an injury / Covid or maybe his HC gets annoyed when he wanders out of his goal(i.e Hamilton game) but both Goalies have very good #'s with both hovering around a 2.00 GAA but Pugliese has played 13 Games to Mella's 5. Who starts against Bowdoin / Colby this weekend will probably answer my question.

    So to wrap I think this Trinity team is pretty talented but if they start to get over confident and think they are too good to be playing their opponent in a Playoff game and too good to be losing to them then they are doomed to repeat the mistake they made in 2020. Swagger will only get you so far, you need to show up when it matters and Trinity showed up in Williamstown last weekend. If they play like that for 60 minutes and could squeeze Home Ice from Colby, Williams, Wes and Amherst they will be in as good a position to win a Nescac Title and get the AQ as anyone.

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  • Birds
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    Wondering, do you do a poll as in the past ? Not talking NCAA. Just your own poll. How do I see it ?

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  • Mr.Right
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    What an absolutely electrifying and prodigious Weekend of Nescac Men's Hockey.

    Uh-oh uh-huh oh yea oh its time to get yourself pumped, hyped, energized, charged up and even wild eyed and a bit crazed as it is getting to be that time of the year for Hockey. Focus and discipline are key but you also gotta have fun out there because it allows the player to play with freedom which breeds confidence.

    There are so many topics to cover and write about and only so much time. I will try to dig deeper into the following stories from the Weekend throughout the week:

    -Wesleyan and Amherst going on the Road and picking up 2 Wins and 6 Pts.

    -My new found respect for Trinity and the talent and swagger they possess. BUT only IF they keep up the focus for all 60 minutes, stay disciplined, continue to play unselfishly and bust their butt like they did against Williams.

    -With Amherst defeating Colby they have successfully brought Colby back to the pack. If you look at the standings we have a 5 team dog-eat-dog for Home Ice and the Regular Season Title (maybe 6 but only if Hamilton can Win out and finish 5-0 which if you look at their remaining schedule is practicable if they can get all their injured / Covid players back). The Regular Season Title in any of these Sports has historically been the more satisfying title even if it does not get you the AQ for the NCAA's. Winning a 2 week conference tournament is the more challenging and exciting because of the NCAA berth but it is a completely different entity than winning a 3 month Horse Race.

    -I have not really dug into Amherst much in my writing so far but that does not mean I am not paying attention and watching them play. They are an adaptable team as proven this weekend with the 5-3 Win at Bowdoin and the 1-0 Win at Colby. They can score 5 Goals against an organized Bowdoin side and then they can also shutout a Colby team that had been 8-0-1 in their last nine games before the Home Loss to Amherst. Amherst has some of the best team speed in the league which I really enjoy watching and G #30 Dan Dachille after a tough start to the season has played very well since being thrown a bone and called on for the Curry game. Instead of a one and done Dachille took full advantage as he played so well there was no way the Coaching Staff could sack him and go back to the Frosh G #1 Connor Leslie who Amherst had been using. The Amherst Win over Bowdoin was even more impressive in view of the fact that Amherst RD Pieter von Steinbergs got ejected 2 minutes into the game after he lost control of his emotions for a split second which morphed into a ruthless hit from behind into the boards on Bowdoin's #7 Ethan Kimball. Kimball is one tough dude though as Bowdoin used a fierce aggressive Line of LW #7 Ethan Kimball, C #24 Kyle Jarosz and RW #12 Jimmy Duffy early in the game. The three of them are competitors and bangers and they came out on the forecheck and were hitting hard and with purpose. They were not only keeping the puck in the O Zone because of the hitting they were throwing their weight around pretty good. von Steinbergs had seen enough and went for the crushing hit and eventually paid for it. So that minute or two of forechecking not only gave Bowdoin some sniffs on goal but it got the team and crowd pumped with some big hits early in the game. It also absolutely frustrated the veteran von Steinbergs to the point of retaliation and ejection. That would be called a productive minute or two of forechecking.

    -von Steinbergs. Prussian Nobility no matter. This kid works his butt off. He is an entertaining and fun player to watch and more importantly is a fantastic example for the youngsters. From a distance he seems a real mature leader and his on Ice demeanor and play, besides the Bowdoin disaster, should be watched carefully and emulated by his teammates. He is one of the best two way players in the league. Great puck carrier, covers a lot of Ice, moves the puck out of the zone well, great speed(I feel like sometimes he looks like he has been shot out of a cannon) on the rush, his passing and he can score Goals. When his team needs him he comes thru as he can create his own shot as his 2nd Period PPG and buzzer beating bomb from the point at Babson as an example. He is committed to this program as he is a 5th year player with his Frosh season being in 2017-2018. Amherst is really going to miss this blue liner next season and I hope he gets to enjoy the final few weeks of his career at Amherst.

    -Colby v Hamilton game I would like to break down and I still have not had a chance to watch yesterday's Sunday Showcase of Amherst at Colby. Looking forward to that.

    -I wish the league would continue next year to keep one game a weekend for a Sunday Showcase at 1pm. It would be great for recruits because they are probably not playing on a Sunday and could come for a visit. The students I know usually get a lot of their work done on Sunday's but if your team plays on a Sat/Sun then you would have Friday open to do your school work and you would probably only play one or two Sunday's throughout the season anyway so it is not a big ask. It is an opportunity to showcase the league in D3 Hockey and I hope it sticks around. The mid-week games are tougher and the travel needs to be cut down. Again I think these HC's should really think about tossing the Home and Away's. You have one league game against each team and play 9 League games. Then you will be able to play OOC games in January and February when your team is not at a disadvantage. Williams playing an Oswego team twice on Thanksgiving weekend with Oswego already having played 9 games and been in season for a month and a half compared with Williams only 2 games into their season and barely been playing for a month. Amherst same thing with playing Utica on Thanksgiving weekend. Wes and Trinity playing Adrian etc etc. It is great that the league is playing these teams but you want to play them later in the season when both teams are dug in deep into their respective seasons and it is more of a fair fight. Also by getting rid of the Round Robin the HC of each Nescac teams will have much more flexibility and command of one's own schedule. IDK maybe they want the Round Robin because it does create rivalries but you can always schedule an optional 2nd game against any Nescac team you want it just would not count in the league standings.

    -Props to Tufts for bouncing back from their 3-1 Home Loss to Williams with a Home Win and Road Tie against Conn. I hope to be able to re-watch those games as well. Frankly I thought after Conn's great effort against Colby it would carry over to the Tufts back to back's. It was not to be and Tufts showed they want nothing to do with Play-In games and are now 4 pts back of Hamilton for 6th Place with a Home and Away coming this weekend against The Continentals which will determine Tufts fate in the standings and Play-In games.

    -Williams had a tough weekend losing two Home games to Wes 0-3 and Trin 2-3. Williams has a lot of guys out but the effort against Trinity is something to build off of. Williams played hard all game and created some good scoring chances but could not get that 3rd Goal. A 5v3 in the 2nd period proved the difference as Trinity took advantage of their opportunities. Trinity did have Williams pinned in their D-Zone for long stretches at times and were working very hard. I will go into Trinity more later but Williams should hold their heads high after that effort and move on to prepare for Babson tomorrow and Midd this weekend. I will be curious to see what Williams team shows up in Wellesley because a win at Babson could give Williams a shot in the arm of confidence to finish strong. Very impressed with the play of Frosh LW #24 Nicholas Rashkovsky as he showed courage all game not being afraid to get his body in front of the goal until someone moved him. He got a Goal out of it and with #9 Niko not really doing his usual getting in front of Goal against Trinity it was necessary that someone did and the Vermont Academy product proved to be the one.

    -Lastly a big shout out to Williams Men's Soccer JR #6 Nick Boardman who was doing the Color for the stream of the Williams v Trinity game. Who knew it would take a box to box Soccer Midfielder to come into the booth of a Hockey game and not only add some personality to the stream he did a solid job of breaking down the game and what each team was trying to accomplish in each zone. He was not quiet either as the kid was confident and jumping in with analysis at will. The first Williams Men's Soccer player in over 40 years to be recruited out of the Brunswick School and Greenwich, CT he has more than proven his work ethic and play on the field was well worth the investment. Well done "Boardo" and right up there with Jimmy Delano for Top Dog of Color Commentating on the Williams Hockey broadcasts.

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  • Mr.Right
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    Trinity at Williams 3pm -Trinity looks to be without their big Defenseman #8 Jacob Borgida who did not play at Midd but other than that they had their usual lineup. Borgida is a good player for them and Williams might benefit with him out. Still though Williams was without #12 Mac Carso, #17 Connor Tobin, #19 Jacob Monroe and #20 Henry Muller among others last night v Wes. Good to see #10 Jack Forrest back and I know he is trying to be unselfish and a good teammate / linemate this season but I'd really like to see him get just a bit more selfish right now like Carso just until the team can get going on the offensive end. Either way his speed and 2 way game is much needed back in the lineup and his work ethic has been fantastic all year. Another guy that needs to get going for Williams is #25 Nick Altmann. He had numbers of 11-5-16 in 2019-20 but is 2-4-6 right now. #9 Niko was 12-8-20 in 2019-20 and now is 3-7-10 but really playing banged up you can tell. He is their warrior leader for sure and has the courage to get his *ss in front of the goal and sits there until someone proves they can clear him out but I am hoping some of these guys can get going starting today. These guys along with Carso are their horses offensively. While there has been some mistakes on the D end its nothing out of the ordinary for any team and frankly Lawrick, Sutton, Alsaif have all been chipping in offensively. Williams has also gotten stellar play from its Goalies so now we need to get it going in the O zone.
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    Originally posted by Mr.Right View Post
    This league is absolutely ridiculous with the NSN streaming. Colby and Conn give free access to all their Home games anytime you want to watch after the fact. You then have some schools do the same but throw up a paywall which is understandable I suppose for On-Demand games. Then you have Williams and Amherst which do NOT even allow an On Demand service. If you do not watch a webcast live you will have to wait until the NCAA Championship in that sport has concluded before you can watch any games from the season. As if the game was never played and disappeared into thin air. You have ten teams and they should ALL follow the same procedure. How is it fair to Colby and Conn who should be applauded for not being "scared" of getting scouted. All the games should be ON all the time. If you want to throw up a paywall fine but what Williams and Amherst do is not right especially with parents BEING UNABLE TO ATTEND HOME GAMES at those respective schools.
    I remember from a couple of years ago watching one of the Wesleyan broadcast games on NSN and having the announcer essentially begging for donations to the Wesleyan atheletic department because NSN was charging $50,000 per year to stream their games and the athletics department didn't have the budget for that. I get that video streaming is expensive, and that video hosting is expensive because bandwidth is expensive. And based upon your description I could easily reverse engineer the access tiers NSN offers for their services. The advertising on the site isn't going to support that, I don't need to login or create accounts to view games which I really like. And the broadcast a number high school sports.

    I agree, it would be nice to have more access to the video streams would be nice. And if you're a parent or alumni or connected to the school you might be able to ask for a login to get access.

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  • Mr.Right
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    A little love for Wes:

    After defeating Williams 3-0 last night Wesleyan improved to 8-8-2(7-4-2). They have now Won three consecutive Road games and are 5-2-2 on the Road this year with another Road game at Midd today. You get the feeling Wes remembered the 6-1 drubbing Williams put on them a couple weeks back as Williams was rubbing it in their face a bit in Middletown. You also get the feeling Wes is really hungry to finish what they started in 2019-20. They lost Sestak, Harris, Fox and a couple others but still have a good core from that team. They won the Nescac Championship but the NCAA's were cancelled because of Covid and it looks like they want their chance that was taken from them. They are the defending Nescac Champs until someone knocks them off and are starting to get some consistent Goaltending which is absolutely going to make or break this dangerous team. It was going to be impossible to replace Goalie Tim Sestak '20 right away and all 3 Goalies that Wes have used this year #30 Erik Voloshin, #31 Marc Smith and #1 Nate Romanelli have had some growing pains. However, the past 3 Games Marc Smith has started to find his rhythm and I would keep going to him because he is in a zone right now and you do not want to lose that. This team does not have that one super top line but what they do have is the ability to roll 4 lines without losing much. I guess I mean to say they have considerable depth offensively. I remember #13 Danny Sorabella, #15 Colin Cobb #16 Stevie O'Connor and #19 Wiggle Kerbrat from Championship weekend in Williamstown 2 years ago. Those four work their butt off and O'Connor single handily frustrated Trinity so much in that Championship game he had the whole Trin team ready to go for him. O'Connor is not scared to play the villain and does not care whether teams like him or not. I really respect that as there are too many guys worried about what others are thinking and you can tell he could care less. Defensively they are just as deep and talented. #22 Matt Zandi and #2 Emmet Powell are incredibly skilled defenseman and excellent puck carriers. They have #7 Jake LaChance who scored a "wicked wristah" over Williams Frosh Goalie #30 Cal Sandquist left shoulder as he made a great read off the puck from the point to get in position down on the dot and was able to squeeze one on goal. Movement off the puck is absolutely critical in this Sport. #4 Tiger Bjornland, #5 Mike Dunderdale and #28 Liam Donelan are just good athletes and very good D-Men. Wes is one of the deepest teams in the league and if they can keep the Goalie Smith this confident then they will be in very good position to defend their Nescac Championship.

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  • Mr.Right
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    This league is absolutely ridiculous with the NSN streaming. Colby and Conn give free access to all their Home games anytime you want to watch after the fact. You then have some schools do the same but throw up a paywall which is understandable I suppose for On-Demand games. Then you have Williams and Amherst which do NOT even allow an On Demand service. If you do not watch a webcast live you will have to wait until the NCAA Championship in that sport has concluded before you can watch any games from the season. As if the game was never played and disappeared into thin air. You have ten teams and they should ALL follow the same procedure. How is it fair to Colby and Conn who should be applauded for not being "scared" of getting scouted. All the games should be ON all the time. If you want to throw up a paywall fine but what Williams and Amherst do is not right especially with parents BEING UNABLE TO ATTEND HOME GAMES at those respective schools.

    Then you have last night.....

    Amherst athletics does not properly plan for a snow storm and have to then rearrange all their teams schedules. Ok fine but now for Hockey Amherst and Colby have an advantage for Saturday. They unlike Hamilton and Bowdoin will have not played a game while Hamilton and Bowdoin played last night. Also, both Amherst and Colby Coaching Staff's would be able to scout the game either live(Colby) or on the stream(Amherst). Bowdoin apparently had had enough and decided not to broadcast the stream. Unless I am missing something and please someone correct me if I am wrong but my HUNCHis that both Bowdoin and Hamilton did not think it fair that Amherst and Colby not only get a free rest day but also a free "viewing party" of their game. So they decided to "cut the cord". Do these people realize how many parents have not been able to go to games live for the past month and a half? Do they know how many of these families reside in Canada or elsewhere in the United States and RELY on the stream to see their kid? Maybe they gave access to only families before the game somehow but I highly doubt it. I understand it is not fair what Amherst and Colby had to do but because of Amherst's poor planning those Hamilton and Bowdoin parents unable to attend live got smacked in the face. Oh and by the way your tuition bill is due in 2 weeks.

    You should WANT people to watch your games especially recruits. You should want your opponents to scout your really good juicy games to get the opponent worried about this and that. Scouting happens and yes you can get a good feel for players strengths and weaknesses and what a team is trying to do in that game but it also can screw you up. You start to overthink and plan for this and that because you saw the opponent do something on the stream but then when you play that team they are doing something completely different. That is why unpredictability and adaptability is so important for a team to have. Unless you watch a team 3-5 times before you play them you will not know everything and certainly you will get fooled by something. That being said it still is an advantage when it comes to watching individual players and what they can or cannot do well. This is why the same procedures for all schools need to be in place with an option to view the game On-Demand. Each individual school can then decide whether to have a paywall or not.

    Yes this is kind of a rant but all teams should be on level ICE. No "cut the cord Bill", No "games disappearing into thin air", No "Roger make sure you either break off one of the Zamboni's gaskets or kill the water valve after the 2nd if we are getting smoked" and NO " shenanigans". Level Ice....Finito

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  • FLHockeyMom
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    Originally posted by Mr.Right View Post
    Thanks....I get it Nescac Hockey is not totally respected but the key is that I care. So I will keep writing because I am just fascinated with this Sport. Yes you are correct it looks like Amherst / Colby is postponed to Sunday which I am not sure is about snowstorm travel because Hamilton is making the same trip(they are travel partners) tonight to Bowdoin. Either way I will not complain as it gives us another Sunday showcase. I fully expect Amherst and Hamilton to give Colby a very tough weekend.
    My understanding is that Hamilton travelled yesterday.

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  • Mr.Right
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    Thanks....I get it Nescac Hockey is not totally respected but the key is that I care. So I will keep writing because I am just fascinated with this Sport. Yes you are correct it looks like Amherst / Colby is postponed to Sunday which I am not sure is about snowstorm travel because Hamilton is making the same trip(they are travel partners) tonight to Bowdoin. Either way I will not complain as it gives us another Sunday showcase. I fully expect Amherst and Hamilton to give Colby a very tough weekend.

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  • FLHockeyMom
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    Originally posted by Mr.Right View Post
    Tonight 5 Big Games but unfortunately Williams is still keeping athletic events closed except to those in its testing nest. Amherst and Williams since at least I have been breathing always have to be different. They always have to go above the rest of the schools in the league in just the slightest ways. It is what it is. The rest of Nescac seems fine with allowing outside spectators as long as they are vaccinated and masked but Amherst made a quick snap decision and of course Williams follows suit. I feel really badly for the parents because you only have so many more chances to see your kid compete and play before he wanders off into the real world. Seasons and Hockey careers ending are very hard for some athletes and maybe not so hard on others but usually the parent can sense when the end is coming as they start to really cherish every moment they can watch their kid in person especially Seniors. Moving On.....

    5 Games:

    Trinity(-1 1/2) at Midd 5

    Amherst at Colby(-1/2) 5 1/2

    Wes at Williams (PK) 5

    Hamilton at Bowdoin(PK) 4

    Conn(-1/2) at Tufts 5 1/2

    Looks like Amherst at Colby has been postponed until potentially Sunday due to inclement weather. And I agree with bakdraft21 that your posts are quite informative for those who care about NESCAC hockey.

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  • bakdraft21
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    I'll give Mr write some props for his looooooooong informative posts....nice job

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