Jack Greeley '06
Photo by Thom Kendall
Senior Jack Greeley posted an assist in his final regular season home game on Saturday.

Jeffs Tripped Up by St. Anselm, 5-2

By Ryan O'Donnell '08

February 11, 2006

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s hockey team suffered a 5-2 defeat against ECAC East opponent St. Anselm College in the Jeffs’ final regular season home game on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, Amherst drops to 12-9-1 overall and 9-7-1 in conference play while the Hawks improved to 14-7-1 overall and (11-5-1 ECAC East).

St. Anselm grabbed the lead during four-on-four hockey when senior forward Rob Curran (Holbrook, NY) stole the puck in the Amherst zone and placed a wrist shot into the far side of the net to give the Hawks a 1-0 edge at the first intermission. The Hawks took a two-goal advantage on the power-play when junior forward Derek Evjenth (Saratoga, CA) deflected home a shot from rookie defenseman Mike Nunziato (Guilford, CT) while junior defensemen Brett Smith (Hudson, MA) was also credited with an assist.

Amherst got on the board when rookie defenseman Jeff Landers (Hanover, MA) unloaded on a slap-shot that went through a crowd and into the net for his third goal of the season. Rookie defenseman Rylan Burns (Mill Bay, BC) and sophomore defenseman Mike McIntosh (Soldtona, AK) grabbed helpers on the score. St. Anselm squandered the Jeffs momentum just 17 seconds later when junior forward Andrew Gartman (E. Norwich, NY) delivered the eventual game-winner.

The Hawks padded the lead in the third session when sophomore defenseman Brian Dobler (Jericho, NY) scored on a wrist shot that trickled through Amherst junior goaltender Josh Fillman’s (Charlestown, MA) legs. The Hawks took a commanding 5-1 lead when Nunziato scored from Hechter and Smith on a shot through a screen. Amherst found the net one last time when rookie forward Will Collins (Edina, MN) scored his fourth goal of the season off a beautiful give and go play with senior captain Jack Greeley (Scituate, MA) with sophomore defenseman Rob Stevenson (Newton, MA) also supplying an assist.

Fillman finished with 31 saves while St. Anselm junior netminder Jason Rafuse (Nepean, ON) made 38 stops.

Amherst returns to action next Friday, February 17th when they travel to meet arch rival and fifteenth ranked Williams College at 7 p.m.