Jack Arena '83, Jack Greeley '06 & Kyle Schoppel '08
Photo courtesy of Brian Katten, Wesleyan SID

Amherst head coach Jack Arena '83 (left) accepts the Spurrier Tournament Championship plaque with senior captain Jack Greeley (middle) and tournament MVP Kyle Schoppel (left).

Jeffs Take Spurrier Tournament Title with 3-2 Overtime Win at Wesleyan

November 27, 2005

MIDDLETOWN, CT - First-year Rylan Burns (Mill Bay, BC) notched his third goal of the weekend 3:14 into overtime to give the Amherst College men's hockey team a 3-2 victory over host Wesleyan University in the championship game of the Spurrier Tournament on Sunday. Amherst improved to 3-1 overall with its second win over the Cardinals this season, while Wesleyan dropped to 1-3.

After a scoreless opening frame, senior A.J. Greco (Williamsville, NY) gave the Jeffs a 1-0 edge 3:08 into the second period, using helpers from junior Brandon Zangel (Highlands Ranch, CO) and sophomore Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, ON). Wesleyan first-year Dallas Bossort knotted the score just under five minutes later with a power-play tally, but Schoppel regained the Jeffs' one-goal advantage at the 9:27-mark off assists from Greco and sophomore Michael McIntosh (Soldotna, AK). Amherst's lead would also be short-lived as sophomore Mike Dorsey found the back of the net for the Cardinals with 8:39 left in the second session to deadlock the count at 2-2.

The two squads battled through a scoreless final stanza as Amherst junior goaltender Josh Fillman (Charlestown, MA) tallied 13 of his 33 saves in the period, while Wesleyan rookie netminder Mike Palladino notched eight of his 25 stops and the game headed for extra time.

A Wesleyan penalty put the Jeffs on the power play three minutes into overtime and Burns wasted no time in netting the golden goal, converting assists from McIntosh and first-year Jeff Landers (Hanover, MA) just 14 seconds into the man-advantage.

Amherst returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. at seventh-ranked ECAC East foe Norwich University.