Western NE turns upset, NESCAC shines in NC play

Compiled by D3hockey.com staff

For the second time in less than a week, Western New England scored a big win for itself.  Last Thursday the Golden Bears topped defending league champion Wentworth, and on Tuesday night they scored a 3-1 non-conference win over Manhattanville.

Senior netminder Eric Sorenson stopped 47 shots in the game and proved to be the difference for the Golden Bears, who have now defeated the Valiants in two of the past three seasons.

Eric Sorenson grabs weeknight headlines yet again as the senior made 47 saves in Western New England's 3-1 Tuesday win over Manhattanville.

Western New England took a 1-0 lead at the 14:32 mark of the opening period on a Josh Twietmeyer goal, but Manhattanville's Luc Van Natter answered at 17:31 to tie the game 1-1.  The Golden Bears took the lead for good as Ryan Taylor notched his second of the season with less than three minutes in the second period.

Manhattanville put up 16 shots in the third period, but was unable to solve Sorenson, and Western New England's Joe Zeidler added an empty-netter with 25 seconds to play to put things on ice for the Golden Bears.

The win bumps Western New England to 5-3-0 overall, while Manhattanville fell to a perhaps surprising 3-4-0.

Also, in perhaps not the most notable result of the night but certainly the wildest, Angelo Vrachnas netted a natural nat trick, the third of which was an overtime game-winner, to lead Southern Maine back from a 5-2 deficit and beat Salem State 6-5.  Don't believe us?  Check out the full game story.


Tuesday night was an especially strong one for the NESCAC as, men and women combined, the league posted a 6-1-2 mark in non-conference play.

The most notable win of the night came from the Bowdoin win as not only did the Polar Bears score a convincing 9-3 win over the University of New England, but the win marked the 500th career college coaching win for head coach Terry Meagher.  Bowdoin led just 4-3 heading into the third period but tallied four power play goals in the opening eleven minutes of the period to blow the game open.  Tim Coffey posted a hat trick to lead the Polar Bears, while Colin Downey (1-4-5) and John McGinnis (1-2-3) turned in big nights as well. The win improved Bowdoin to 2-2-1 on the year.

Elsewhere on the men's slate, No. 11 Amherst picked up goals from four different skaters and shutout St. Michael's 4-0, while Keith Buehler and Elliot Vorel both tallied a goal and an assist to lead Wesleyan to a 5-3 win over Stonehill.  Tufts was the lone NESCAC men's team to fall on Tuesday night as the Jumbos dropped a 6-4 decision to Becker.

On the women's side, the Bowdoin women were also winners as an Ariania Bourque goal with just 11 seconds remaining in the game broke a 1-1 deadlock and lifted the Polar Bears to a 2-1 win at UMass Boston. The win Bowdoin's first of the season.

Hamilton handed Oswego State just its second loss of the season as the Continentals used a second period power play goal by Sara Taffe and a third period power play tally by Megan Fitzgerald to sneak past the Lakers 2-1.  Likewise, Colby handed Southern Maine just its second loss of the year as a third period Megan Fortier goal was all the Mules needed to sneak past the Huskies, 1-0.  Elsewhere, Wesleyan played to a 1-1 (ot) tie with Sacred Heart while Trinity and Salve Regina skated to a 3-3 (ot) draw.


The night's lone West Region games also came courtesy of the women and saw No. 6 St. Scholastica remain unbeaten (6-0-2) thanks to a 2-1 win at St. Mary's.  An Isabel Waidacher power play goal at the 11:24 mark of the third period proved to be the difference.  The goal was the freshman's 11th of the season which trails only her teammate and sister Nina (16) on the national leaderboard.

In the lone other West Region affair, UW-River Falls notched its third consecutive win with a 7-2 home win over St. Olaf.  Chloe Kinsel and Brianna Breiland both posted a goal and two assists to lead the Falcons, who moved to 5-3-0 on the year.



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