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Erik DiNardo '03
Senior Erik DiNardo tickled the twine with a beautiful backhand goal

Jeffs Skate to 4-4 Tie Against 12th-Ranked Bowdoin

February 21, 2003

AMHERST, MA - After a dramatic overtime win at Tufts last weekend, the Amherst College men's hockey team skated to a 4-4 tie against visiting 12th-ranked Bowdoin College in a NESCAC match-up at Orr Rink on Friday night. Junior forward Mike Kreger (Glenview, IL) paced the Jeffs with a goal and an assist, while classmate defender John McNicholas (Lake Forest, IL) and sophomore forward Beau Kretzman (Edina, MN) each dished out a pair of assists.

Bowdoin jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by rookie Adam Dann (Burlington, VT) and sophomore Adam Mackie (Charlottetown, P.I.E). Amherst rallied to even the score at 2-2. Sophomore forward Scott Aldrich (Wilmington, MA) found the net on the powerplay, taking a cross-ice feed from Kreger on a beautiful rush up ice. Shortly thereafter, senior forward Erik DiNardo (North Reading, MA) slid a backhander through Bowdoin junior goaltender Mike Healey's (Hamden, CT) legs, assisted by Kretzman.

The Polar Bears regained the lead midway through the second when Dann notched his second goal of the contest. Amherst retaliated late in the period when Kreger scored off a nifty pass from Kretzman, knotting the score at 3-3 heading into the third. Bowdoin senior forward Sean Starke (Montreal, Quebec) tallied to give the visitors a 4-3 advantage before Jeff sophomore forward Thierry Pauyo (Montreal, Quebec) stuffed the puck past Healey with just under five minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime.

Rookie netminder Sean Lynch (Essex Junction, VT) finished with 33 saves for Amherst, while Healey turned aside 37 for the Polar Bears. With the tie, the Jeffs are now 4-1-3 in their last eight games and improve to 7-11-5 overall and 7-7-4 in NESCAC play. Meanwhile, Bowdoin goes to 13-5-4 and 11-3-4.

Amherst entered the night in sixth place in the NESCAC standings. They have their final regular season game against visiting eighth-ranked conference foe Colby College Saturday at 3 p.m.

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