Mass. College Hockey: Revisiting Nichols’ OT Strike In ECAC Northeast Championship (VIDEO)

By Matt Noonan 

Nichols College punched its ticket on Saturday evening to the NCAA Division 3 Tournament with a 3-2 win over ECAC Northeast foe Wentworth Institute of Technology in overtime.

Brett Jackson secured the Bison a spot in the tournament by firing home a pass toward the net from Greg Strootman. As you can see below, Stootman fires a shot-pass toward the cage and Jackson was able to corral it and push it past Wentworth’s Joel Miller, who finished the contest with 34 stops.

The Bison will begin their quest toward Lewiston, Maine on Wednesday when they face-off against SUNY Geneseo in the first round on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The contest will be held in Geneseo, New York.

Mass. College Hockey: D3 Conference Tournament Semifinal/Championship Preview

By Matt Noonan 

It’ll be a busy day in the Division 3 hockey world with a slew of local teams vying for either conference crowns or spots in their conference tournament championship. Below is a quick preview of today’s contests.

ECAC East:

No. 7 Babson @ No. 2 Norwich, 7 p.m.: The Beavers and Cadets are starting to become a frequent matchup in the postseason. According to, Babson and Norwich have met seven times in the last two seasons. Babson won the ECAC East crown last year, 2-1, but lost to the Cadets seven days later in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A win for the Beavers would provide them with their second straight conference crown, along with a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Norwich has defeated Babson twice this season by a combined score of 2-0. Babson’s Mike Driscol leads the Green and White in points (25) and goals (12). Jamie Murray, who was named the ECAC East Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year, has compiled a record of 20-4-2 this season. He’s deflected 697 of 735 shots and owns a .948 save percentage.

ECAC Northeast:

Wentworth @ Nichols, 6:40 p.m.: The Bison will attempt to claim their first ECAC Northeast crown since 2009 when they host the Leopards at Levy Rink. Nichols secured the top seed in their conference’s tournament with a 17-6-3 overall record. They recently defeated Curry College in the semifinals, 4-3, thanks to a pair of goals from Sean Swansen. Wentworth earned a spot in the title game following a 4-0 victory over Johnson & Wales University. Dan Szerlip netted two goals in the contest, while Joel Miller turned away 24 shots. Nichols defeated Wentworth twice this season (4-3 & 5-3), but will the third time be the charm for the Leopards? We’ll have to wait and see!


Plymouth State @ Salem State, 2 p.m.: Both teams will attempt to earn their second MASCAC crown this afternoon as the Vikings host the Panthers at Rockett Arena. Salem State enters the contest on a three-game winning streak. They ended their season with back-to-back wins against Fitchburg State and Worcester State before dislodging Framingham State from the conference tournament on Tuesday. Brandon Platt and Gabriel Cromp secured the Vikings a spot in the title match as each skater netted a goal in the final frame. Plymouth State, which finished second in the conference, as well as a spot behind Salem State, has won five consecutive contests. The Panthers haven’t lost a match since falling to Worcester State on Saturday, January 25. Since the first day of February, the Panthers are 6-0-2. Plymouth State is 0-1-1 against the Vikings this season. They lost, 4-3, in November before rallying to tie their last outing, 3-3.


No. 15 Amherst vs. Williams @ Hartford, Conn. (1 p.m.): Ah, another round of Amherst-Williams, this rivalry never gets old! The Lord Jeffs are 1-1 against their archrival this season. Williams edged Amherst, 1-0, in December before the Lord Jeffs topped the Ephs in their regular season finale. So, today’s contest is technically the rubber match. Amherst ended its season going 1-1-2. Similar to Amherst, Williams was victorious in one of its final four contests when they defeated Hamilton, 3-1. Both squads secured a third meeting by earning quarterfinal victories last weekend. Craig Kitto and George Hunkele each have 20 points, but Kitto leads all Williams’s skaters with 11 goals, while Amherst’s Dave Cunningham owns a 13-7-1 mark between the pipes. Cunningham has deflected 538 of 583 shots this season. A win would provide Amherst or Williams with a chance to compete for the NESCAC crown tomorrow against Trinity or Bowdoin.

Conn. College vs. Williams @ Williamstown, Mass. (1 p.m.): Williams College, which entered the conference tournament has the third-seed, will host its first ever NESCAC Championship. A win on their home ice would indeed be special for Meghan Gillis’ squad, but before they plan their celebration, Williams will first have to deal with Connecticut College, a squad that won one of two meetings against the Ephs this season. Williams won their first contest, 5-2, thanks to two power play goals and a shorthanded strike by Hanna Beattie before the Camels responded the following day with a 5-1 win. Beattie secured the Ephs a spot in the semifinals by recording her 13th tally of the season at 11:36 in the final frame. The first-year skater will look to continue her postseason success against the four-best overall scoring defense. The winner of this particular matchup will meet Bowdoin or Colby in tomorrow’s championship.

Mass. College Hockey: Nichols, Wentworth Skate To 2-2 Tie


Courtesy of our friends from the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening release pertaining toward the men’s ice hockey team that skated to a 2-2 tie with ECAC Northeast foe Wentworth Institute of Technology:

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – The Nichols College and Wentworth Institute of Technology men’s ice hockey teams battled to a 2-2 tie on Wednesday night in a key ECAC Northeast tilt played at Levy Rink. With the result, the Bison move to 12-7-1 overall and 5-3-1 in the conference while the Leopards (10-8-2) continue to pace the league with a 6-2-1 ledger.

After 60 minutes of action, the game headed into a 4-on-4 overtime session that saw Leopard sophomore Seric Kapp (Scheafferstown, Pa.) almost sent everyone home but his shot glanced off the iron 3:25 into the frame. Wentworth peppered Bison first-year goaltender Alex Larson (Madison, Ala.) with four shots as Nichols took two shots of its own.

Nichols sophomore Brett Jackson (Larchmont, N.Y.) dented the scoreboard first as he knocked home a feed from senior Danny Greiner (Columbus, Ohio) at 8:05 into the game. The play began as first-year Frank Butler (East Haven, Conn.) skated down the center of the ice and dished off to Greiner to setup the one-timer. The hosts held a 11-5 lead on shots as each team went 0-for-1 on the power play.

The second period saw each team find the back of the net with the Bison once again on top heading into the locker room. Leopard sophomore Ben Iwanowski (Dorval, Que.) sent in  a shot that glanced off junior Patrick Rice (West Des Moines, Iowa) to even the game at 1-1 just 2:42 into the stanza. At the 7:30 mark, senior Bryan Gill (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) fired a howitzer through traffic as Nichols claimed the 2-1 advantage. Jackson and first-year Sean Fleming (Eastampton, N.J.) were each credited with assists on the goal. Wentworth outshot the Bison 13-9 and had a pair of power play chances while the Bison had one.

The Leopards tied the game for good 47 seconds into the third when rookie Adam Frank (Clarkston, Mich.) took advantage of a power play that carried over from the previous period with help from sophomore Mike Domsodi (Kirkland, Que.) and senior Shaun Jameson (Long Beach, Calif.). Nichols claimed a slim 11-9 lead in shots for the frame and the visitors were on the power play twice early in the period.

Larson (6-5-1) turned away 29 shots for the Bison. Leopard rookie goaltender Joel Miller (Calgary, Alta.) finished the game with a game-best 31 stops as he moves to 7-2-1.

Nichols hosts Becker for the rubber game of the season series at 7:40 p.m. Wentworth entertains Johnson & Wales on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Mass. College Hockey: WIT-Williams Game Prediction

WIT's Kevin Crowe recorded a hat trick in his team's last game, and will certainly look to continue that momentum on Monday against Williams! (Photo Credit: Wentworth Institute of Technology Athletics)

WIT’s Kevin Crowe recorded a hat trick in his team’s last game, and will certainly look to continue that momentum on Monday against Williams! (Photo Credit: Wentworth Institute of Technology Athletics)

By Matt Noonan 

Looking for a good hockey game this evening? Look no further than historic Matthews Arena, which will be hosting a non-conference men’s ice hockey tilt between Wentworth Institute of Technology and Williams College at 6:45 p.m.

Williams (11-4-2) enters the game on a three-game winning streak. The Ephs picked up some much needed points in the NESCAC (New England Small Athletic Conference) standings this past weekend, as they downed Tufts University on Friday and skated past Connecticut College on Saturday. Sean Dougherty recorded 30 saves against the Camels, while John Wickman and Eric Rubio each netted two goals in the team’s 5-0 victory.

Dougherty has yielded 32 goals this season, but remains the third best goaltender in the conference with a 1.99 goals allowed average, so it will be interesting to see how he fares against Wentworth’s offense, which averages 3.11 goals per game.

Similar to Williams, WIT (10-7-1) is also on a three-game winning streak and currently remains the top squad in the ECAC Northeast. However, Curry College and Nichols College remain on their tail.

Kevin Crowe recorded his first career hat trick with the Leopards on Saturday during the team’s 4-3 win over Salve Regina in overtime, while netminder Joel Miller deflected 25 shots between the pipes.

The Leopards only interaction with the NESCAC occurred 13 days ago when they lost to Tufts, 2-0. The Ephs haven’t faced anyone this season from the ECAC Northeast, but defeated WIT last year, 8-2 in Williamstown.

This game is indeed a measuring stick for WIT, a squad that only has two more points than Curry and Nichols. And even though no conference points will be handed out after the final whistle is blown, it’ll certainly be interesting to see if the Leopards can capitalize on every opportunity and loose puck.

Prediction: Williams College recently fell out of last week’s poll, but managed to ignore the departure by picking up two conference wins. The Ephs rank third in their conference in goals per game (3.35) and third in defense (2.12 goals allowed). The Ephs pounced on various chances early in their last meeting against WIT to obtain a lead they never relinquished, so if they do it again it could be a long night at the Matthews. However, I do expect the Leopards to compete in this game and certainly provide challenges for the Ephs. Williams 4, WIT 2