By Matt Noonan
Earlier today, we provided a few notes and thoughts about the Div. III college basketball season. And now, here are a few notes on the current hockey season.
* According to the latest poll on D3Hockey.com, Amherst College and Williams College are the only men’s teams from the state that earned spots on the Top-15 list. The Ephs are currently 6-2 overall, and have won five-of-six games in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference).
* Amherst recently snapped a two-game skid with a win against Middlebury College. The Lord Jeffs are currently 5-3-1 overall, and have won four-of-six NESCAC meetings.
* According to the most recent NESCAC men’s ice hockey release, the Lord Jeffs rank second in the conference in scoring defense. The purple and white are yielding roughly 1-2 goals per contest, while their offense ranks ninth.
* They’re not from the Bay State, but Norwich University’s men’s team is a perfect 10-0. They’re currently one of the best teams in the country, and will square off against a few Massachusetts teams in a few weeks.
* Peter Belisle’s UMass Boston Beacons haven’t skated on a sheet of ice since defeating Southern Maine, 5-2. The Beacons ended the first half of their slate with a five-game winning streak and will attempt to keep their momentum going against Wentworth Institute of Technology on Saturday, January 5.
* Western New England College continues to be the top squad in the ECAC Northeast. However, I wouldn’t count out Curry College, Nichols College or Wentworth. All three teams can certainly challenge the Golden Bears, especially if they remain out of the penalty box.
* Plymouth State remains atop the MASCAC (Massachusetts State Athletic Conference), but UMass Dartmouth and Salem State are on their tail. The Vikings from Salem have won three straight, and will attempt to keep their winning ways going on Monday, December 31, against Colby College.
* The Amherst women’s ice hockey team has won two consecutive contests, as well as remains the second best team in the NESCAC. The Lord Jeffs will commence the New Year with two back-to-back contests against Colby before they travel to Vermont to face-off against Middlebury College.
* Holy Cross’ women’s team concluded the first half of their schedule with two tough losses to Bowdoin College and Norwich. However, the Crusaders were able to squeak out a victory against Connecticut College to earn a 7-4-1 overall record.