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More 2003-04 Men's Hockey Stories

Jeffs Fall at Third-Ranked Middlebury, 7-2
February 8 - The Amherst menís hockey team fell at third-ranked NESCAC rival Middlebury College on Sunday, 7-2. Middlebury seniors John Dawson and Kevin Cooper and junior Brian Phinney each scored two goals as the Panthers improved to 17-2 overall and 12-2 in conference play. The Jeffs drop to 9-9-2 overall, 4-9-1 in conference. Full Story

Jeffs Take Early Two-Goal Lead, Bow at Williams, 4-3
February 7 - The Amherst menís hockey team took an early 2-0 lead on first-period goals by sophomore A.J. Greco and first-year Sean Ellis but couldnít hang on in a key NESCAC matchup at Williams College on Saturday, falling 4-3 to the archrival Ephs. Amherst connected once more on a power-play tally by Beau Kretzman with 14:19 left in regulation, but the late outburst proved to be too little, too late as the Jeffs fell to 9-8-2 overall and 4-8-1 in conference play. Full Story

Jeffs Fall to NEC, 2-1
January 31 - In a game marred by penalties, visiting ECAC East foe New England College (NEC) defeated the Amherst menís hockey team 2-1 on Saturday. The Pilgrims used a short-handed goal by junior tri-captain Adam Wallace to earn the victory, improving to 12-4-2 overall and 6-3-2 in conference play. Sophomore A.J. Greco netted the Jeffs lone score as they fell to 9-7-2 overall and 4-7-1. Full Story

Jeffs Edged by St. Anselm, 3-2
January 30 - The Amherst menís hockey team fell to visiting ECAC East rival St. Anselm College on Friday night, 3-2. The Amherst defense killed three consecutive power plays and held the visitors to just one goal in the first two periods, but allowed two third-period goals to fall to 9-6-2 overall and 4-6-1 in conference play. St. Anselm first-year Mike Curtis netted the game-winner with 6:47 left in regulation as the Hawks improved to 14-4 overall and 7-4 in conference play. Junior Roy Mabrey and sophomore Scott Aldrich each scored for Amherst. Full Story

Jeffs Bow at Skidmore in Overtime, 4-3
January 24 - The Amherst menís hockey team fell at ECAC East rival Skidmore College 4-3 in overtime on Saturday. Skidmore senior Jeff Martin netted the game-winner in the extra session after dishing out the game-tying assist to force overtime. Amherst sophomores A.J. Greco and Steve Nelson each had a goal and an assist for the Jeffs. Full Story

Cherney's Hat Trick Leads Jeffs to 9-1 Win at Castleton State
January 23 - Junior forward Josh Cherney netted his first career hat trick to lead the Amherst menís hockey team to a 9-1 victory at non-conference foe Castleton State College on Friday night. The Jeffs outshot the Spartans 71-18 en route to their ninth win of the year, improving to 9-4-2 overall. Full Story

14th-Ranked Jeffs Drop 5-4 Heartbreaker to Salem State
January 17 - The 14th-ranked Amherst menís hockey team dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker to visiting ECAC East opponent Salem State College on Saturday. Salem State sophomore Jim Cashins fed classmate Drew Madeiros for the game-tying goal, and Madeiros returned the favor for the game-winner as the Vikings improved to 9-5-1 overall and 5-4-0 in conference play. Junior co-captain Beau Kretzman had a goal and an assist and first-year defender Brandon Zangel dished out two assists for the Jeffs, who fell to 8-4-2 overall and 4-4-1 in conference play. Full Story

14th-Ranked Jeffs Skate Past Southern Maine, 3-2
January 16 - The 14th-ranked Amherst menís hockey team earned a narrow 3-2 victory over visiting ECAC East foe Southern Maine on Friday night. Amherst sophomore A.J. Greco netted the game-winner for the Jeffs, who snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 8-3-2 overall and 4-3-1 in conference play with the win. Full Story

13th-Ranked Jeffs Fall to Wesleyan, 3-1
January 10 - The 13th-ranked Amherst menís hockey team fell to NESCAC, ECAC East and Little Three rival Wesleyan University 3-1 on Saturday. The Cardinals used second-period goals from senior Grant Savage and first-years Ryan Hendrickson and Will Bennett as they improved to 6-3-2 (4-1-1 ECAC East), while Amherst dropped to 7-2-2 (3-2-1 ECAC East). Amherst sophomore A.J. Greco prevented the shutout as he scored his third goal of the year. Full Story

13th-Ranked Jeffs Trip Up Trinity, 2-1
January 9 - The 13th-ranked Amherst menís hockey team used two second period goals and an outstanding performance in net by first-year Dan Smith to defeat visiting NESCAC and ECAC East foe Trinity College 2-1 on Friday night. Smith posted his second-consecutive 41 save performance, and junior co-captain Beau Kretzman and senior co-captain John McNicholas scored goals as the Jeffs improved to 7-1-2 (3-1-1 ECAC East). Full Story

13th-Ranked Jeffs Skate to 4-4 Non-League Tie at Gustavus Adolphus
January 4 - The 13th-ranked Amherst men's hockey team took a 3-1 lead into the third period Sunday evening at non-league foe Gustavus Adolphus (5-5-1) but surrendered a trio of goals, including two in the final two minutes of regulation, to send the game into overtime, where it ended in a 4-4 tie. Rookie Sean Ellis, sophomores Marc Russell and Steve Nelson and junior Roy Mabrey each scored for the Jeffs (6-1-2). Full Story

13th-Ranked Jeffs Handle St. Thomas, 4-2
January 3 - Sophomore Bradford Craigen, senior Mike Kreger, junior Jon Hill and rookie Sean Ellis each found the back of the net during a frenetic six-minute stretch in the third period as the Amherst menís hockey team downed the University of St. Thomas 4-2 at Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Saturday. First-year goalie Dan Smith tallied a whopping 41 saves as St. Thomas outshot the Jeffs by a wide margin, 43-18. Full Story

11th-Ranked Jeffs Dealt First Loss, 6-0, at Fourth-Ranked Norwich
December 6 - The 11th-ranked Amherst College menís hockey team dropped its first loss of the season, 6-0, at fourth-ranked ECAC East rival Norwich University on Saturday. Junior Paul Mattucci scored twice as the Cadets improved to 5-1 (4-0 ECAC East). Amherst first-year goalie Dan Smith collected 27 saves in the loss as the Jeffs fell to 5-1-1 (2-1-1 ECAC East). Full Story

Jeffs Remain Undefeated With 6-3 Win at St Michael's
December 5 - The Amherst menís hockey team remained undefeated with a 6-3 win at ECAC East rival St. Michaelís College on Friday. Junior Scott Aldrich had two goals and an assist, senior Josh Hoffman scored two goals and junior Roy Mabrey had a goal and two assists as the Jeffs improved to 5-0-1. Full Story

Kretzman Named NESCAC Player of the Week
December 1 - Amherst junior co-captain Beau Kretzman was named the NESCAC Menís Ice Hockey Player of the Week on Monday. Kretzman, a forward, earned Tournament MVP honors at the Ben McCabe Invitational hosted by Amherst, leading the undefeated Jeffs (4-0-1) to a pair of wins over SUNY Cortland and Trinity College. Full Story

Kretzman Named Tournament MVP, Leads Jeffs to Ben McCabe Invitational Championship With 2-1 Overtime Win Over Trinity
November 30 - The Amherst menís hockey team defeated Trinity College in overtime in the Ben McCabe Invitational Championship Game, hosted by Amherst on Saturday, 2-1. Amherst junior co-captain Beau Kretzman earned tournament MVP honors as he fed first-year defender Brandon Zangel for the game-winner in overtime. Fellow junior Marc Russell scored his first collegiate goal for the Jeffs to force the extra session, while first-year goalie Josh Fillman collected a tournament-best 34 saves. Full Story

Jeffs Edge Cortland State, 6-5; Advance to Ben McCabe Championship
November 29 - The Amherst menís hockey team scored two goals in the final minute of regulation to edge visiting non-conference foe Cortland State in the opening round of the Ben McCabe Invitational Tournament Saturday night. Junior co-captain Beau Kretzman fired in a wrister with 47 seconds remaining to even the tally at 5-5, and sophomore Steve Nelson punched home the game-winner with 15 seconds left as the Jeffs remain undefeated at 3-0-1 (1-0-1 ECAC East) and advance to the championship game tomorrow at 7 p.m. against Trinity College. Full Story

Jeffs Remain Undefeated, Down Wentworth, 4-2
November 25 - The Amherst menís hockey team remained undefeated, dealing visiting non-conference foe Wentworth its first loss of the season on Tuesday night, 4-2. The Jeffs used two goals from junior co-captain Beau Kretzman, and a goal each from senior defender Chris Norqual and senior forward Mike Kreger en route to their second victory of the season. Full Story

Jeffs Battle Babson to 3-3 Overtime Tie
November 22 - The Amherst menís hockey team battled visiting ECAC East foe Babson College to a 3-3 overtime tie on Saturday. Amherst junior co-captain Beau Kretzman netted two power-play goals, the second coming with only 22 seconds remaining in regulation, and sophomore A.J. Greco added his first goal of the season. Full Story

Jeffs Blank UMass Boston in Season Opener, 4-0
November 21 - The Amherst menís ice hockey team blanked visiting ECAC East opponent UMass Boston 4-0 in its season opener Friday night. The Jeffs used goals from junior co-captain Beau Kretzman, fellow junior Scott Aldrich, and seniors Josh Hoffman and Mike Kreger, while first-year netminder Dan Smith earned his first career shutout with 34 saves. Full Story

Jeffs Set for 2003-04 Season
November 17 - The Amherst menís hockey team, led by senior co-captain John McNicholas and junior co-captain Beau Kretzman, is set to defend their 2002-03 Little Three title and look to return to the NESCAC Postseason Tournament for the fifth straight year. The Jeffs open their season Friday, November 21 at 7 p.m. against visiting UMass-Boston. Full Preview

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