|Amherst Skates to 4-2 Win of Over Hamilton|
Amherst Skates to 4-2 Win of Over Hamilton
January 9, 2007
By Alex Kantor
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s ice hockey team defeated the visiting Continentals of Hamilton College this evening at Orr Rink to move to 8-2-1 on the season, dropping Hamilton to 3-5-1. Amherst needed all three periods to dispense Hamilton tonight, as the Continentals came back from two one-goal deficits before Amherst scored the game-winner in the third period.
In the opening period of action, Hamilton came out of the locker room firing a high powered defensive fore-check, refusing to allow Amherst out of their defensive zone. The Lord Jeffs seemed to be thrown off by the constant pressure, unable to set up their dangerous offense, with most of their scoring opportunities coming on counter-attacks.
With five minutes remaining in the first period, Hamilton’s Pat McGarry (Kennett Square, PA) was sent to the penalty box for interference, giving Amherst just the opportunity they were waiting for. Amherst needed less than one minute on the power-play for junior Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, ON) to set up sophomore transfer Joel Covelli (Carlisle, ON) for his third goal of the season.
Amherst finished the first period on the power-play again after senior defender Brandon Zangel (Highlands Ranch, CO) drew a tripping penalty on Travis Blood (Pepperell, MA) of Hamliton. Amherst was unable to capitalize again before the first intermission, but would start the first fifty-one seconds of the second period with a one-man advantage.
Amherst closed out its second power-play of the game without extending its lead, and just four minutes into the second frame surrendered the game-tying goal to Hamilton’s Jimmy Nolan (Lynnfield, MA). Nolan was assisted by Blood and sophomore Kyle Roulston (Markdale, ON) on the Continentals' first goal of the night.
The middle portion of the second period was particularly exciting for hockey fans, as neither team was whistled for a penalty and the play was fast and hard hitting. In similar form to the first period, Amherst found the net in the last five minutes of the period, as forward Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) found the net to give Amherst the lead heading into the second intermission. First-year Jack Baer (Edina, MN) and sophomore Rylan Burns (Mill Bay, BC) were credited with assists on Amherst’s second goal.
At the start of the third period, Amherst held a 32-18 advantage in the shot count, but only a 2-1 advantage on the scoreboard. Amherst’s first penalty of the game came with sixteen minutes remaining in regulation, as Will Collins (Edina, MN) was sent to the box. The Lord Jeffs, who kill over eighty-five percent of their penalties, had no problem keeping the Hamilton power play unit off the board.
Only seconds after Collins was set free from the box, Hamilton’s John Gordon (Keene, ON) let what looked like a terrible shot fly, missing the net by a yard, only to have the puck bounce perfectly off the boards behind Amherst’s goal, and directly to sophomore Andrew Decristoforo (Manotick, ON) who enjoyed an open net to score on.
Amherst went on the power play for the third time of the evening with 11:50 left on the clock, and needed only eight seconds of the shift for junior forward Greg Adamo (Manalapan, N.J.) to bang home a rebound, as captain Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA) and Jeff Landers (Hanover, MA) recorded assists.
With just 2:03 left in the game, Collins stole a pass from the Hamilton goaltender, who was rushing to clear the puck as time was running out on Hamilton's come-back attempt. Collins skated past the helpless goaltender and passed the puck into the open net for an insurance tally, giving Amherst the 4-2 win.
Adamo’s goal held on to be the game winner, as Amherst refused to surrender their lead for a third time in the game. With the win, Amherst has recorded back-to-back victories, and will be looking to extend its winning streak later this week when they travel to Salem State Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:00 p.m.
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