|Jeffs Fall to COlby at Home, 5-4|
Jeffs Fall to Colby at Home, 5-4
By Alex Kantor
February 3, 2007
AMHERST, MA – The 10th ranked Lord Jeff men’s hockey team fell to conference rival Colby College this evening at Orr Rink on the campus of Amherst College. The Amherst side trailed the White Mules by a one goal on five different occasions during the game, but could only equalize four times, ultimately losing 5-4.
Colby opened the scoring in the first period when first-year Michael Belliveau grabbed control of the puck during a scramble in front of Amherst goal tender AJ Scola (Holden, MA) and poked home the goal through Scola’s legs.
Amherst equalized when first-year Jack Baer (Edina, MN) grabbed a loose puck in the slot and fired on net, where junior Griffin Biedron (Chelsea, MI) tucked home the goal on a deflection. Colby answered before the first period closed on a goal rocket slap shot from TJ Kelley.
Biedron scored his second goal of the game in the middle frame, again tying to score, when he banged home an open net finish, with assists going to Baer and sophomore Jeff Landers (Hanover, MA). The White Mules would grab another lead at 3-2, on an unassisted tally from Matt Ahern.
Amherst points-leader, and transfer from Colby, Joel Covelli (Carlisle, ON) tied the game at three goals apiece when he faked out a former teammate and flung a goal on net, where it deflected in. Once again, Colby took a lead at 4-3, this time the go-ahead tally coming from Arthur Fritch on the power-play.
Looking as though they would head to the locker room trailing again, Amherst pushed hard in the final minutes of the second period. After eventually being rewarded with a 5-on-3 power-play, Amherst equalized once again, when senior captain Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA) ripped a hard wrist shot to the upper left-hand corner with just 0:31 showing on the clock.
Amherst skated hard in the third period, but just five minutes into the final stanza, the Lord Jeffs lost Ellis for the remainder of the day when he was hit from behind into the boards. Amherst was unable to capitalize on the ensuing five-minute major, and ultimately gave up the game-winner with 3:19 remaining.
Colby’s Greg Osbourne netted the game-winning goal on the power-play dropping Amherst to 12-6-1 (9-5-1 NESCAC) on the year. Despite allowing five goals on the afternoon, Scola played well in just his third start of the season, finishing with 40 saves.
The Lord Jeffs return to action Friday for a road match-up at New England at 7 p.m.
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