Sean Ellis '07
Senior captain Sean Ellis netted his team-leading eighth goal of the season in the second period

Amherst Struggles with Babson, Falls 10-2 for Second Loss

January 5, 2007

By Justin Long

BABSON PARK, MA – The Amherst College men’s hockey team was dominated from start to finish, as the host Beavers scored early and often en route to a 10-2 ECAC East victory. Babson took a 3-0 lead into the second period and exploded for six more goals in the second frame, capping off its dominant performance with a goal in the final period.

The Beavers spread out their scoring in the opening period, with the first goal coming 5:24 into the game when first-year Casey Fazekas set up classmate Jason Schneider to give Babson a 1-0 lead. Midway through the period sophomore Alex DePietro scored an unassisted goal to bring the lead to 2-0, which was expanded to 3-0 with less than six minutes remaining in the period.

Babson wasted no time in the second frame, as Fazekas netted the Beavers' fourth goal just 22 seconds into the period. Amherst’s senior captain Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA) put the Lord Jeffs on the board less than four minutes later, with sophomore Joel Covelli (Carlisle, ON) and junior Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, ON) picking up assists.

After a 10-minute scoreless drought by both teams, Babson’s Shane Farrell scored a power play goal to give the Beavers a 5-1 lead and begin an offensive onslaught. Babson netted four goals in the final five minutes of the period, two of which came in power play fashion. Heading into the final period, the Beavers held a 9-1 lead over an Amherst team that had only lost one game all season.

Nearly 16 minutes passed in the final period before either team scored, as senior Brandon Zangel (Highlands Ranch, CO) and sophomore Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) set up sophomore Rylan Burns (Jasper, AB) for a power play goal to end the drought. With less than two minutes remaining in the game, Farrell completed his hat trick to give Babson a 10-2 lead and seal the Beavers’ sixth win of the season.

Senior Josh Fillman (Charlestown, MA) and sophomore A.J. Scola (Holden, MA) each recorded 22 saves for the Jeffs, with Scola relieving Fillman after 35 minutes of action. For Babson, time in net was split between sophomore Skylar Nipps and senior Greg Boxer, who recorded 16 and three saves, respectively.

Amherst (6-2-1/3-1-1) returns to action Saturday for an ECAC East match-up with UMass-Boston at 3 p.m.