Andrew Stevenson '10
First-year Andrew Stevenson gave Amherst a 4-3 lead in the second period, but the Jeffs were unable to come out on top

Amherst Falls to Castleton State, 6-4

January 20, 2007

By Ryan O'Donnell '08

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s hockey team dropped a heartbreaker to Castleton State at home this evening, just one day after upsetting the nation’s 13th-ranked team by six goals.

Castleton State first-year forward Steve Culbertson scored the first goal of the game just two minutes into the opening period when he snuck a backhanded shot underneath Amherst senior goaltender Josh Fillman (Charlestown, MA).

Amherst tied the game at one goal apiece ten minutes later when junior forward Michael McIntosh (Soldotna, AK) grabbed a rebound and finished off a senior Brandon Zangel (Highlands Ranch, CO) slap shot.

Amherst took the lead at the 17:30 mark when junior Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, MA) banged home a senior captain Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA) effort. The goal was the seventh of the year for Schoppel. Amherst was unable to take a lead into the locker room when a Lord Jeff turnover led to a Kirk Bolduc open-net finish.

With the score knotted at 2-2 at the start of the second frame, Amherst found the net just one minute into the period when Amherst points leader Joel Covelli (Carlisle, ON) skated in alone on goaltender Jeff Swanson after Ellis drew two defenders at the blue line.

Castleton tied the game at three 10 minutes later when Brandon Heck punched home a rebound, with assists going to Joe Huchko and Travis Martell. Amherst responded 20 seconds later with an amazing goal from first-year Andrew Stevenson (Newton, MA), who grabbed the puck at the blue line and ripped a hard slap shot to far upper corner.

The Spartans tied the game for the fourth time when Culbertson scored with just 27 seconds remaining in the second period. The third period opened with a 4-4 tie, and Castleton took the lead midway through on a Travis Martell slap shot. The power-play goal snuck by Fillman’s right side for what was eventually the game-winner.

Caslteton added an empty-net goal late in the game to stretch the lead to 6-4, dropping Amherst to 10-4-1 (7-3-1 NESCAC/ECAC East) on the season. The Lord Jeffs return to action Friday for a conference match-up with Conn. College at 7 p.m.