Andrew Schremp put away two goals to lead the Jeffs .

Schremp's Pair of Third Period Goals Leads Amherst to Victory Over Babson, 5-4

By Ryan O'Donnell '08

January 6, 2006

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s hockey team scored three third period goals to defeat visiting Babson College, 5-4, in a thrilling back and forth game at Orr Rink on Friday night. Sophomore forward Andrew Schremp (Denver, CO) scored a pair in the final frame, including the game-winner, to pace Amherst.

Amherst opened the scoring midway through the first period when junior forward Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA) buried a shot following a sweet backhand pass from senior forward Steve Nelson (Wayzata, MN). Sophomore forward Greg Adamo (Manalapan, NJ) also added an assist on the goal. The Jeffs added to their lead on the power-play when Nelson found freshman forward Will Collins (Edina, MN) who slid a pass across the crease to senior captain Jack Greely (Scituate, MA), who skillfully one-timed home his third goal of the season. Babson cut into Amherst’s lead with only a minute to play in the opening stanza when rookie forward JT Balben (Wayland, MA) took passes from rookie forward Brad Baldelli (Northborough, MA) and sophomore forward John Gevard (Hookset, NH) to score on a slap shot from the right slot.

Babson knotted the score on the power-play as senior defenseman Tom Sullivan (Pembroke, MA) fired a slapper from the blue line past Amherst sophomore netminder Dan Smith (Rochester, MN) with assists from Balben and freshman defenseman Alex Dipietro (Winthrop, MA). The Beavers seized the lead, again on the power-play, when senior forward Sam Vatrano (East Longmeadow, MA) tucked home a loose puck while Dipietro collected his second assist.

Babson opened the third period scoring just 18 seconds in when senior forward Johnny Kim (Laurel, MD) deflected a Dipietro slap-shot past Smith giving the Beavers a 4-2 advantage. Vatrano was also credited with an assist on the goal. The Amherst comeback began when Schremp batted a puck out of the air underneath Babson goaltender Craig Weiner (Thorwood, NY) off assists from rookie defenseman Jeff Landers (Hanover, MA) and rookie forward Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA). Only 20 seconds later, the Jeffs tied the score when Nelson took a long pass from rookie defenseman Shane Lennox (N. Vancouver, BC) and skated in alone before placing a backhander past Weiner. With three minutes to play, Adamo took a pass from Smith and found Schremp, who skated in on the breakaway and netted the game winner.

Smith recorded 22 saves for Amherst while Weiner made 23 stops for Babson.

The Jeffs return to action tomorrow afternoon at 3p.m. when they welcome ECAC East opponent UMass-Boston to Orr.