|Jeffs Down Conn. College, 5-3|
Jeffs Down Conn. College, 5-3
January 27, 2006
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College men’s hockey team picked up its fifth straight conference victory on Friday night, toppling visiting NESCAC rival Connecticut College, 5-3. Rookie Olufemi Amurawaiye (Whitby, Ontario) buried the game-winner at 15:24 of the third frame for his first career goal.
Amherst got off to a flaming start, as junior Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA) capitalized on an early Conn. penalty as he ripped a slap-shot that beat Camel goaltender Dan Beauregard on a picture perfect power-play just 1:20 after the opening whistle. Rookie Rylan Burns (Mill Bay, British Columbia) and sophomore Gregg Adamo (Manalapan, NJ) tallied assists on the score. Conn. senior co-captain Andrew Clavette responded at the 8:12- mark with a power-play goal of his own, converting passes from classmates Zach Harris and Bryan Lane for a shot from the point and then stuffing home his own rebound to knot the score at one-all going into the first break.
Amherst was unstoppable in the second stanza, while the Camels couldn’t reach the back of the net with even one of their 11 shots. Junior Brandon Zangel (Highlands Ranch, CO) used cross-ice feeds from sophomore Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, Ontario) and senior A.J. Greco (Williamsville, NY) to blast one past a sprawling Beauregard at 9:05 and junior Erik Lund (Edina, MN) punished the Camels for a miscleared puck at 16:02, firing from point-blank range to gain a 3-1 Jeff advantage.
Conn. cut the lead to one at 7:44 into the third, as Clavette netted his second score of the night off a feed from fellow captain Julian Madden, but Amurawaiye’s goal off a gathered rebound from a wide Rob Balanda (Wellesley Hills, MA) shot squashed the Camel’s hopes of a comeback. Conn. rookie Bryan Warner fired a rocket from the point to make it 4-3 with just over four minutes remaining as the Camels mustered a last ditch effort, but Ellis sealed the win posting his second goal of the night, an unassisted tally on an open-net, with 10 seconds to go.
Amherst returns to the ice tomorrow (Saturday) when they host Tufts University at 3 p.m.
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