Senior Steve Nelson was on fire Friday night, netting three goals and dishing out assists on three others.

Nelson's Three Goals, Three Assists Power Jeffs Over Salem State, 7-2

January 13, 2006

By Ryan O'Donnell '08

AMHERST, MA - Senior forward Steve Nelson (Wayzata, MN) had an incredible offensive night, tallying three goals and three assists to lead the Amherst College men’s hockey team past Salem St., 7-2, on Friday night. With the victory Amherst improves to 7-5-1 overall and 4-3-1 in conference play while the Vikings fall to 6-6-2 overall (2-4-2 ECAC East).

The Jeffs opened scoring early in the game on the power-play when junior forward Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA) took a pass in the slot and lifted a wrist shot into the top corner. Nelson and rookie defenseman Shane Lennox (N. Vancouver, BC) collected assists on the goal. Salem St. answered back shortly after as senior forward Drew Madeiros (Tewksbury, MA) glided his way in front of the Amherst net and tucked the puck just under Amherst junior goaltender Josh Fillman (Charlestown, MA). The Vikings grabbed the lead when senior forward Paul Snell (Pine Falls, MT) scored on a turn around slapper through a crowd off assists from senior forward Josh Cartier (Minot, ND) and junior forward Andrew O’Neil (Salem, MA). Just 29 seconds later, Amherst sophomore forward Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, ON) tied the score at 2-2, tapping home a great pass from senior forward A.J. Greco (Williamsville, NY). Junior defenseman Brandon Zangel (Highlands Ranch, CO) also picked up an assist on the game-tier.

The Jeffs snatched the lead in the second stanza when senior captain Jack Greeley (Scituate, MA) took a pass from Nelson behind the net and one-timed it over the goalie’s shoulder. Sophomore forward Andrew Schremp (Denver, CO) also assisted on the score. Amherst capitalized on the power-play again when Nelson took a pass from Ellis and passed it in front of the goal knocking the puck off the Salem defenseman’s skate and into the net at 19:34.

The Jeffs took control in the third frame when sophomore forward Greg Adamo (Manalapan, NJ) blasted a slapshot into the top corner from the left side with Ellis and Nelson notching helpers on the score. Amherst scored their third power-play goal of the contest when sophomore defenseman Mike McIntosh (Soldotna, AK) took a pass from Adamo and fired it on goal where Nelson was waiting to tuck home the rebound into the empty net. But Nelson’s night wasn’t complete: he saved his best for last on Salem’s two-man advantage, taking a pass from Ellis at center ice and skating just over the blue line before unloading a slapshot into the top right corner and sending the hats of the Amherst crowd onto the ice at 15:54.

Fillman finished with 30 saves in the game while junior goaltender Kevin Adam (Peabody, MA) made 44 stops for the Vikings.