Rylan Burns '09
First-year Rylan Burns tallied his first three collegiate points on Saturday.

Jeffs Outlast Connecticut College in Spurrier Classic First-Round, 7-4

November 26, 2005

MIDDLETOWN, CT - First-year Rylan Burns (Mill Bay, BC) netted his first two collegiate scores and dished out an assist to lead the Amherst College men's hockey team to a 7-4 victory over Connecticut College in the opening round of the Spurrier Classic, hosted by Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon. Amherst (2-1) advances to tomorrow's championship game where the Jeffs face tournament host Wesleyan, who topped fourth-ranked Trinity, 6-3, in the other first-round matchup, at 4 p.m.

Conn. drew first blood as junior Jake Henry scored unassisted for the early 1-0 lead. Burns answered with an unassisted goal of his own and sophomore Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, ON) followed up just 31 seconds later off feeds from rookie Will Collins (Edina, MN) and fellow sophomore Mike McIntosh (Soldotna, AK) to give Amherst a 2-1 lead. The Camels reknotted the score at 2-2 with 8:55 left in the frame on sophomore Rob Campbell's fifth goal of the season, but the Jeffs would carry the lead into the first intermission as junior Trevor Calamel (Lockport, NY) converting a power-play goal off assists from classmate Brandon Zangel (Highlands Ranch, CO) and rookie Shane Lennox (N. Vancouver, BC) for the 3-2 edge.

Amherst sophomore Gregg Adamo (Manalapan, NJ) wasted no time adding to the lead in the second session, lighting the lamp just 37 seconds into the frame. Schoppel tallied the eventual game-winner just past the midway point of the period, using a pass from senior A.J. Greco (Williamsville, NY) and first-year Jeff Landers' (Hanover, MA) second assist of the game.

Conn. pulled back within one as first-year Mike Delaney found the net with just over two minutes left in the second, and sophomore Brian Gallagher posted an unassisted tally to open the third. However, the Jeffs' scoring romp wasn't finished as Burns notched his second score of the day and Greco fired home his team-leading third goal of the season to cap the scoring.

Sophomore Dan Smith (Rochester, MN) posted 27 saves in goal for Amherst, while Conn. junior Matt Gluck and first-year Dan Beauregard earned 19 and six saves, respectively for the Camels who remain winless at 0-3 and matchup with Trinity in the tournament consolation game tomorrow at 1 p.m.