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Rieser Tabbed NESCAC Player of the Week

February 12, 2001

Nick Rieser'01
Nick Rieser '01 posted
60 saves in a pair of
crucial conference wins
over Bowdoin and Colby
AMHERST, MA - Senior Amherst College goaltender Nick Rieser (Northfield, IL/Phillips Andover) was named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Men's Hockey Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Jeffs to a pair of crucial home conference wins over Bowdoin and Colby Colleges over the weekend.

Rieser posted 23 saves as Amherst pounded visiting Bowdoin 6-1 on Friday night-narrowly missing his second shutout of the season-and rebounded with a season-high 37 saves in a 3-2 win over Colby on Saturday afternoon.

With the two victories, the Jeffs (14-4-3/10-2-3 NESCAC) leapfrogged into a tie with Colby for second place in the NESCAC standings with 23 points, just five points shy of conference frontrunner Middlebury College (19-2-1/14-1-0 NESCAC), the third ranked team in the nation according to the latest U.S. College Hockey Online Division III poll. Amherst is currently ranked seventh, with a new poll set to be announced on Tuesday.

As of Feb. 4, Rieser was ranked fifth in the nation in goals against average (2.13), 12th in save percentage (.916) and 16th in goalie winning percentage (.667). Since then, his statistics in all three categories have improved considerably and Rieser is currently the NESCAC's third leading goaltender with a 2.03 goals against average.

Rieser is the third Jeff to garner Player of the Week honors this season. Junior forward Darren Reaume (West Seneca, NY) earned the award on Nov. 27, after leading Amherst to a pair of wins over Trinity and Connecticut Colleges as the MVP of the Ben McCabe Tournament. Fellow junior Bob Miele (Woburn, MA) also earned NESCAC and U.S. College Hockey Online National Player of the Week honors on Jan. 29, after scoring six power-play goals in a pair of lopsided wins over Hamilton and Skidmore Colleges.

The Jeffs return to action with a non-league skate at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Friday at 7:30 p.m., and conclude their regular-season schedule with a NESCAC matchup at Williams College Saturday at 4 p.m.