Kyle Schoppel '08
Junior Kyle Schoppel netted two goals and assisted on another to lead the Jeffs

Jeffs Earn 5-2 Win at Tufts to Move to 12-4-1

From a Tufts University Release

January 27, 2007

MEDFORD, MA - Amherst junior forward Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, Ontario) and sophomore forward Joel Covelli (Carlisle, Ontario) contributed three points apiece to lead the charge in Amherst College’s 5-2 victory over Tufts University Saturday afternoon in NESCAC men’s hockey action at Valley Forum II. Schoppel scored two goals and added an assist, while Covelli scored one goal and assisted on two others.

Sophomore A.J. Scola (Holden, MA) played an outstanding game between the pipes for Amherst, compiling 29 saves in 60 minutes of action. Scola was steadily peppered with shots all game and made some key saves on Jumbo breakaways.

The Lord Jeffs got the scoring going late in the first period as Covelli put back an Amherst rebound in front of the net at 18:02 to make the score 1-0. Amherst went up 2-0 early in the second period when Schoppel
scored his first goal of the game on a power-play at 2:23.

The Lord Jeffs took a three to nil lead later in the second period when sophomore forward Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) scored after Tufts failed to clear the puck out of its own zone. The puck was deflected and it strayed in front of the net with the goalie left out of position. Powers was there for the clean-up and Amherst had a 3-0 lead.

Tufts got on the scoreboard at 6:38 of the third period to cut the Amherst lead down to 3-1. Senior forward Brian Bailey scored off a shot deflection in front of the Amherst goal. Assisting on the play were Joe Rosano and Matt Dalton.

After Amherst scored an empty-net goal, the Jumbos cut the lead to two again at 4-2 late in the third period. Kurt Hertzog took advantage of a loose puck after a scrum in front of Amherst’s goal. Two goals was as close as Tufts would get because Schoppel would add a second empty-net goal of the game for Amherst to up the score to 5-2 in its favor.

Junior James Kalec played well in goal for Tufts to pick up 26 saves, 12 of which came in the third period alone as Amherst continually tried to put the game out of reach.

The Lord Jeffs (12-4-1, 9-3-1 NESCAC/ECAC East) return to action Friday for a home match-up with Bowdoin College. Game time is set for 7 p.m.