Rieser Tabbed U.S. College Hockey Online National Player of the Week|
February 14, 2001
AMHERST, MA - After earning New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for his role in a pair of crucial home conference wins over Bowdoin and Colby Colleges over the weekend, Amherst College senior goaltender Nick Rieser (Northfield, IL/Phillips Andover) was named the National Defensive Player of the Week by U.S. College Hockey Online on Wednesday. He is the second Amherst player to win the national award this season after junior forward Bob Miele (Woburn, MA) took the honor on Jan. 29.
|Nick Rieser '01 became |
the second Amherst player
this season to win
NESCAC and National Player
of the Week honors
"Our team is really starting to come together as a group," said Rieser. "When that happens, everyone raises their standard of play-including me, and that's been important for us. This weekend is also huge for us. A sweep at Mass. College and Williams guarantees us the second seed in the NESCAC Tournament."
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 37 saves in a 3-2 win over Colby on Saturday afternoon. He is currently ranked fifth in the nation in goals against average (2.03) and 11h in save percentage (.922) and goalie winning percentage (.733) according to the latest NCAA statistics released on Sunday. Rieser is also the third leading goaltender in the NESCAC, ranked by save percentage.
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 ranked sixth in the latest poll, which was released on Tuesday.
The Jeffs return to action with an ECAC skate at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Friday at 7:30 p.m., and conclude their regular-season slate with a NESCAC matchup at Williams College Saturday at 4 p.m. With a weekend sweep, Amherst guarantees itself the second seed and a home playoff game in the first-ever NESCAC Championship Tournament on Jan 24.
U.S. College Hockey Online is widely regarded as the definitive resource for all levels of college hockey. Rieser will be featured all week on the Website's Division III page at http://www.uscho.com/potw/?data=3m.