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Jeffs Pound Visiting NESCAC Foe Tufts, 8-1

February 9, 2002


Mike Kreger '04
Sophomore forward Mike Kreger paced the Jeffs with a hat trick
AMHERST, MA - After skating past visiting Conn. College on Friday night, the Amherst men's hockey team returned to Orr Rink Saturday afternoon for their final regular season home game and pounded NESCAC rival Tufts University, 8-1. Jeff sophomore forward Mike Kreger (Glenview, IL) tallied a hat trick while teammate first-year phenom Beau Kretzman (Edina, MN) netted a pair of goals and two assists.

Amherst bombarded the Jumbos with five second period goals en route to the victory. Junior defender Erich Schram (Madison, WI) began the flurry less than a minute into the period, shooting a wrister into the top corner of the net off a beautiful feed from senior co-captain Greg Carr (Hanover, MA), who finished with three assists. Kreger then tallied his first goal of the game, firing a shot through Tufts senior goaltender Ian Kell's (St.Paul, MN) legs on a short-handed breakaway. Kretzman netted his NESCAC-leading 23rd goal of the season, shortly thereafter, taking a cross-ice feed from first-year forward Jonathan Hill (Averill Park, NY) and burying it into the back of the net. The game was then delayed momentarily when a spectator launched an open container filled with live mice onto the ice. When play resumed junior forward Erik DiNardo (North Reading, MA) took a feed from Kretzman on a 2-on-1 breakaway and blasted a shot into the open side of the net. Kreger then scored his second goal of the contest on the power play firing home a wrister from the slot, giving Amherst a 7-0 advantage heading into the final period.

Kreger completed his hat trick midway through the third period blasting a one-timer from the left circle off another gorgeous pass from Carr. Jumbo junior defender Chris Martin (Arlington, MA) netted the lone goal for the visitors with less than two minutes remaining in the contest, ripping a slapper past sophomore goaltender Jonathan Lhost (Milwaukee, WI) who replaced junior Justin Jagher (Framingham, MA) in the waning minutes.

With the victory, the Jeffs improve to 6-11-5 overall and 6-7-4 in conference play, moving them out of a tie with Conn. College and into sole possession for seventh place in the NESCAC with just two games left on their schedule. Tufts drops to 4-15/3-13 and remains in last place.

Amherst returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. at NESCAC foe Bowdoin College.

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