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Michael McIntosh '08
Rookie defenseman Michael McIntosh posted a goal and an assist Tuesday night.

Jeffs Suffer First Conference Loss, Fall to Hamilton 7-5

January 11, 2005

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College men’s hockey team fell to visiting NESCAC foe Hamilton College on Tuesday night, 7-5. The visiting Continentals netted three third-period goals, dealing the Jeffs their first conference loss as Amherst dropped to 6-3-2 overall and 4-1-2 in conference play.

Amherst senior co-captain Beau Kretzman (Edina, MN) drew first blood 5:21 into play as rookie forward Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, Ontario) stole the puck behind the net and fed Kretzman for the short-handed score. Hamilton came storming back with first-period goals from junior Jeff Vautour (Quispamsis, New Brunswick), sophomore John Gordon (Keene, Ontario) and first-year Nate Miller (Chesterland, OH), giving the Continentals a 3-1 edge at the first break.

The Jeffs pulled back within one 5:01 into the second frame as Kretzman and fellow senior co-captain Jon Hill (Averill Park, NY) fed sophomore defenseman Trevor Calamel (Lockport, NY) for a power-play goal. Amherst used the power play again just over three minutes later as first-year Gregg Adamo (Manalapan, NJ) rerouted a slap shot from classmate Michael McIntosh (Soldotna, AK) with his hand for the game-tying score. Senior defenseman Bill Jenkins (Edina, MN) regained the Jeffs’ advantage with 9:22 left in the period, stealing the puck at mid-ice and beating Hamilton junior goalie Gabe Tash (Evanston, IL) top shelf for the short-handed tally. However, Hamilton senior Chris Cagliuso (Metheun, MA) evened the count just over a minute later as he flipped a backhand past Amherst sophomore netminder Josh Fillman (Charlestown, MA).

Amherst wasted no time in grabbing the lead in the final session as McIntosh took the puck coast-to-coast 20 seconds after the faceoff, but the Continentals answered just 22 seconds later as junior Warren Berkstresser (Houston, TX) knotted the score. The game remained a 5-5 stalemate until the 10:41-mark when Hamilton junior Gus Katsuras (Toronto, Ontario) stuffed in a rebound for the 6-5 edge, and sophomore Chris Clarkson (Mississauga, Ontario) added a power-play with 3:22 left in regulation to seal the win for the Continentals.

Fillman finished with 24 saves for the Jeffs, while Tash and senior Rob MacNeil (St. Peters, Nova Scotia) collected 11 and 16 saves, respectively for Hamilton, which improved to 5-3-1 overall and 4-3 in conference play.

Amherst returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. at ECAC East opponent the University of Southern Maine.

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