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Junior forward Steve Nelson gave the Jeffs an early 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season.

Jeffs Fall at Southern Maine

FROM A SO. MAINE RELEASE

January 14, 2005

GORHAM, ME - Sophomore wing Brian Collins (Reading, Mass.) scored a pair of third period goals to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies a 4-2 victory over the Amherst College Lord Jeffs in an ECAC Division III game Friday night at the USM Ice Arena. The win was the third straight of the Huskies who improved to 7-6-1 overall and 4-4-0 in conference play. The Lord Jeffs slipped to 6-4-2 overall and 4-2-2 in the conference.

With the game tied at 2-2, Collins capitalized on an Amherst turnover in its own zone to rip a 30-foot shot just under the crossbar at 10:22 to give the Huskies their first lead of the game. He iced the game with an unassisted shorthanded goal from his own defensive zone into an empty net with 34.9 seconds to play.

The Huskies held an edge in play in the first period, outshooting the visitors 14-6, but it was the Lord Jeffs who scored the only goal. Junior Steve Nelson (Wayzata, Minn.) collected a pass from freshman Michael McIntosh (Soldotma, Alaska) to left side of the cage and swept the puck past USM rookie goalie Ryan Sullivan (Newton, Mass.) for a power-play goal at 6:17.

Southern Maine tied the game early in the second period as sophomore Chris Sparkes (St. John's, Nfld.) scored a power play goal at 2:39. Eight minutes later, the Lord Jeffs scored their second power-play goal of the night as junior A.J. Greco (Williamsville, N.Y.) deflected a shot from the blue line past Sullivan.

Senior Erik Kent (Newburyport, Mass.) knotted the game for the Huskies at 13:31 with his team-leading ninth goal of the season.

Sullivan finished the game with 22 saves, 13 coming in the final period. Sophomore Josh Fillman (Charlestown, Mass.), who kept the Huskies off the board in the first period, finished with 29 saves before being lifted in the final minute for the extra attacker.

Amherst travels to Salem State College on Saturday for a 3 p.m. game.

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