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Sean Ellis '07
Sophomore forward Sean Ellis tallied a pair of goals on Saturday.

Jeffs Battle No. 2 Norwich to 5-5 Overtime Tie

December 4, 2004

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College menís hockey team battled second-ranked ECAC East foe Norwich University to a 5-5 overtime tie on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA) and rookie Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, Ontario) each tallied a pair of goals for the Jeffs, who improved to 3-1-2 overall and remained undefeated in conference play at 2-0-2.

Norwich drew first blood as senior Kurtis McLean (Kirkland Lake, Ontario) stole a pass across the blue line just over three minutes into play and beat Amherst sophomore goalie Josh Fillman (Charlestown, MA) for the short-handed goal. The Jeffs evened the score at the 4:16-mark as Ellis led a two-on-one breakaway and stuffed home a rebound. McLean regained the Cadetsí one-goal advantage with 12:13 left in the period as he tucked a slap shot inside the left post, but Amherst evened the score just 22 seconds later as Schoppel caught a rebounded blast from senior defenseman Bill Jenkins (Edina, MN) and flipped it over Norwich senior goalie Kevin Schieve (Rocky Mountain House, Alberta). Schoppel gave the Jeffs their first lead of the game with 8:25 remaining in the opening frame, taking a slick feed across the crease from junior A.J. Greco (Williamsville, NY) and finding the net.

McLean completed the hat trick and evened the score 3:17 into the second session with a slap shot from just inside the blue line. Norwich then regained the lead at the 6:03-mark as senior Vadim Beliaev (Riga, Latvia) redirected a shot from junior Ryan Thompson (Onoway, Alberta), and senior Brian Mullally (Maynard, MA) found the net 19 seconds later to push the Cadet advantage to 5-3. However, after an Amherst timeout, Ellis pulled the Jeffs back within one with 10:37 left in the period with his second put-back of the game, and senior Marc Russell (Essex, VT) evened the count with a short-handed score at the 16:14-mark.

The two squads battled through the third period and overtime session, but neither could tally the game-winner.

Fillman finished with 27 saves, while Schieve and junior Mike Boudreau (South Weymouth, MA) collected 12 and six, respectively for Norwich, which moved to 4-0-2 (3-0-1 ECAC East).

Amherst returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. against visiting non-conference opponent Western New England College.

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