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Jeffs Fall at Colby, 4-1

February 16, 2002

From a Colby College Release


Bob Miele '02
Senior Bob Miele tallied an assist on the lone Amherst goal
WATERVILLE, ME - The Amherst College men's hockey team finished its regular season with a 4-1 defeat at NESCAC rival Colby College (14-6-3/11-5-3 NESCAC) on Saturday. Despite the loss, the Jeffs (6-13-5/6-9-4 NESCAC) clinched the seventh and final spot in the upcoming NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament, which begins on Saturday, February 23.

The host White Mules drew first blood midway through the opening period when senior James LaLiberty (Waterville, ME) took a feed from classmate Mike Higgins (Weymouth, MA) and snapped a wrist shot into the upper right corner of the net. Amherst would threaten minutes later, putting together a string of shots that left the puck squirting towards the net, but an alert Ross MacMillan '04 (Charlottetown, P.E.I.) scooped the puck away from danger to preserve the 1-0 edge. Colby played solid defense to limit Amherst's scoring opportunities a take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

Amherst would knot the score 4:01 into the second stanza on a power play. Senior Bob Miele (Woburn, MA) laced a crisp pass from the point to first-year sensation Beau Kretzman (Edina, MN), who stuffed the puck past Colby netminder Chris Ries. The White Mules would answer almost immediately when LaLiberty scored to put the hosts back up by one. Colby's next goal would come minutes later, when Amherst turned the puck over at the blue line and first-year Jared Gordon (Bangor, ME) took a give-and-go from junior Sean O'Grady (London, Ont.) and blasted it into the net for a 3-1 Colby lead. Senior David Manning (St. John's, Nfld.) would score Colby's fourth goal when he blasted a slap shot into the top right corner of the net in the third period, setting the final score at 4-1.

Ries stopped 23 of 24 shots for Colby. Junior Justin Jagher (Framingham, MA) took the loss for Amherst, but finished with 21 saves.

The NESCAC Tournament kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 23. Middlebury College has clinched the top seed, will receive a bye in the first round, and will host the semifinals and final on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, respectively.

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