2007 NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship
First Round
Saturday, February 24 Saturday, March 3 Sunday, March 4
at No. 2 BOW 3, No. 7 TRI 1
at No. 1 MID 7, No. 4 HAM 2  No. 3 AMH 2, at No. 1 MID 1 - 3OT 
at No. 3 AMH 3, No. 6 WIL 2 - OT  No. 3 AMH 3, vs. No. 2 BOW 2 - OT   
at No. 4 HAM 4, No. 5 COL 3 - OT     
Championship Seeding
Championship Preview  Championship Records 

Amherst Claims 2007 NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship in Triple-Overtime

Courtesy Middlebury Athletic Communications

Box Score


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Amherst won its first NESCAC Championship as they defeated Middlebury 2-1 in longest game ever played in NCAA Division III women's hockey. The triple-overtime game lasted almost 102 minutes, with Amherst goaltender Krystyn Elek making a tournament-record 65 saves as her team was out shot 66-24 on the day. The Jeffs will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance when the pairings are announced on Sunday night, while Middlebury is expected to get an at-large bid.

Amherst scored the game-winner just 1:54 into the third overtime when Molly Malloy carried the puck around the back of the net and attempted a wrap-around shot. Middlebury netminder Lani Wright slid across the crease and made a pad save. The puck sat in the crease where Anna MacLean quickly snapped a shot over Wright's pad and into the net.

Both teams had some great chances early, with the Jeffs going on a power play just 1:26 into the game. Tarasai Karega had a opportunity at 3:15, but her shot from the right hit the far post. Middlebury's Randi Dumont was then stopped on the doorstep by Elek at 5:16. The teams exchanged another pair of great opportunities at the 7:30 mark. After Alena Harrison's shot earmarked for the top right corner was saved by Middlebury's Lani Wright, Abby Kurtz-Phelan hit the left post just 15 seconds later.

Amherst took a 1-0 lead at 15:01 as Lindsey Harrington sent a pass to the crease from behind the net. Wright tried to poke the puck away, as it slid to MacLean, who fired a hard shot into the right side of the net. Middlebury tied the game with a power play goal at the 16:49 mark. Shannon Tarrant sent a pass to the left face-off circle, when Karen Levin quickly snapped a shot past Elek. The Panthers had a chance to take the lead with one minute remaining, but Annmarie Cellino's shot hit the right post.

Middlebury dominated the second period, out shooting Amherst 18-2 in the stanza. The Panthers were unable to get anything past Elek, who stopped all 18 shots she faced.

The third period was scoreless as well, with each team having some scoring chances. Elek continued her stellar play as she robbed Kurtz-Phelan on a backhander midway through the period. Molly Malloy had a chance for the Jeffs with 2:45 left, but Randi Dumont cleared the puck with a hand-pass after a save by Wright. Elek made one more stop with 20 seconds remaining as she denied Dumont who was driving toward the goal.

Each of the first two overtime periods saw both teams with chances to score, with Middlebury controlling a majority of the play. The Panthers out shot the Jeffs 17-7 in the first OT and 12-3 in the second. Each team had a power play opportunity in the first extra session, but were unable to score.

Elek made 127 saves in the tournament, a new record, while Wright made 22 saves for Middlebury.

First Round - Saturday, Feb. 24 at Higher Seeds

at No. 2 Bowdoin 3, No. 7 Trinity 1
at No. 3 Amherst 3, No. 6 Williams 2 - OT
at No. 4 Hamilton 4, No. 5 Colby 3 - OT

Semifinals - Saturday, March 3 at Middlebury
at No. 1 Middlebury 7, No. 4 Hamilton 2
No. 3 Amherst 3, vs. No. 2 Bowdoin 2 - OT

Championship - Sunday, March 4 at Middlebury
No. 3 Amherst 2, at No. 1 Middlebury 1 - 3OT



First Round - Saturday, February 24
Time TBA at Higher Seeds
No. 7 vs. No. 2
No. 6 vs. No. 3
No. 5 vs. No. 4

Semifinals - Saturday, March 3
at No. 1 Middlebury
1:00 p.m./4:00 p.m.

Championship - Sunday, March 4
1:00 p.m.

The top 7 teams in the conference will qualify for the NESCAC Women's Ice Hockey Championship.  First round games will be conducted on Saturday , February 24, 2007 with the semifinals and championship games conducted on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 respectively.  The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. 

Format if Men and Women are Playing at the Same Site
Preliminary Round
If both a men's and a women's first round game are being played at the same site, both games shall be played on Saturday with scheduled start times of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.  In odd years the men's game will be played first and in even years the women's game will be played first.

Semifinal and Championship Round
If both the men's and women's semifinals and finals are being played at the same site, one of the championships will be conducted Friday evening and Saturday evening.  As the men's NCAA championship tournament starts earlier than the women's championship, the men's games will be played on Friday/Saturday (with game times of 4:00 p.m./7:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) with the women's games played Saturday/Sunday (with game times of 12:30 p.m./3:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.).

Seeding will be based on final conference standings of round robin play.  The number one seed will receive a first round bye and will host the semifinal and final rounds. The next three seeds will host first round games with the number two seed drawing the number 7 seed, the 6th seed will play at the 3rd seed, and the 5th seed will play at the 4th seed.

Pairings will be announced Sunday, February 18.

Tie Breaking Procedures
Ties will be broken as follows:

Head-to-head result (if teams play each other more than once during the regular season, the game that appears on the league schedule will be the game that is counted).

If teams tied during the regular season, or there is a 3-way or more tie, the following tie breaking procedure will be used:

  • Best record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head).
  • Most conference wins (in games that are part of the conference schedule and count toward league standings).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 4 teams (including all teams at the 4th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against top 8 teams (including all teams at the 8th spot).
  • Comparison of results of conference games played against conference teams in rank order.
  • Comparisons shall be made one team at a time starting with the highest ranked team.
  • If the tie remains after comparing results against the highest ranked team, the results against the next team in rank order shall be used. This process is continued until a winner is determined.
  • Coin flip (or similar random action involving all tied teams).

Note: In case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be applied in order until a team is (or teams are) separated.  At that point, the process begins anew (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams.  The process is continued until the tie is eventually broken.  In cases where only a random action will break the tie of three or more teams, the random action will be applied to all teams involved in the tie.  For example, if three teams are tied and only a random action (pulling names out of a hat) will break the tie, each name will be pulled and seeded in order of being pulled.  Also, in the event that there are two (or more) groups of teams tied at different spots in the standings and the only criteria left that can be used to break those ties is a coin flip/random action, the coin flip/random action used to break the tie of one group (to put teams in rank order) will not affect the tie breaking procedures of the other group(s) of tied teams.