Miele Tabbed National Player of the Week|
January 31, 2001
AMHERST, MA - After earning New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for his role in a pair of lopsided wins over Hamilton and Skidmore Colleges over the weekend, Amherst College junior forward Bob Miele (Woburn, MA) was named the National Offensive Player of the Week by U.S. College Hockey Online on Wednesday. He is the first Amherst player to win the national award this season.
|Bob Miele '02 is the |
first Amherst player to win
National Player of the Week
honors this season
U.S. College Hockey Online is widely regarded as the definitive resource for all levels of college hockey. Miele will be featured all week on the Website's Division III page at http://www.uscho.com/d2d3/index.php.
"I feel like I've been playing well all year and it was just a matter of time before I'd start scoring, but I never expected this," said Miele. "The guys have been getting me the puck in the right place and more importantly, the team is winning."
Miele notched his first hat trick of the year and assisted on the game-winner in an important 9-0 victory over visiting NESCAC rival Hamilton College on Friday night. With the win, the Jeffs jumped ahead of Hamilton into fifth-place in the NESCAC with a 9-3-3 overall record and a 5-2-3 mark in league play - just two points out of second place in a tight conference race.
He then repeated the feat in an 8-2 home-win over Skidmore College on Saturday afternoon, connecting twice on power plays in the first period - both on wrist shots from the right wing assisted by senior defenseman Jim Smith (Rochester, MN) - before scoring on another power play 9:56 into the second period to all but ice the game for Amherst.
Miele is now the Jeffs' third leading scorer with eight goals and 10 assists on the season.
Amherst - now 10-3-3 overall - returns to action Friday night at Salem State at 7 p.m. The Jeffs will not face another NESCAC foe until Friday, Feb. 9, when the fourth-place Bowdoin Polar Bears travel to Orr Rink for a 7 p.m. faceoff.