Mike McIntosh '08
Junior Mike McIntosh recorded two assists and put in a solid performance for the Lord Jeffs

Jeffs Surrender Four Unanswered Goals, Fall to Middlebury 6-2

By Ryan O'Donnell '08

February 17, 2007

AMHERST, MA – Needing to earn only one point in the final two games of the regular season to host an opening round game in the NESCAC Championship Tournament, the Amherst College men’s hockey team came up with two losses, including a 6-2 defeat at the hands of 13th-ranked Middlebury College this afternoon. With the loss, the Jeffs (13-9-1 overall, 10-8-1 NESCAC) will travel in the first round of the NESCAC tournament to take on Wesleyan University.

The game was even for most of the opening frame, but a pair of goals within a minute of each other gave Middlebury a 2-0 advantage. Mickey Gilchrest and Brett Shirreffs each found the back of the net as the teams headed to the locker room for the first intermission.

The Jeffs came out firing in the second stanza, as sophomore forward Joel Covelli (Carlisle, ON) finished off a cross-ice pass from Mike McIntosh (Soldotna, AK), while senior captain Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA) also collected a helper. Only three minutes later, sophomore defenseman Rylan Burns (Jasper, ALB) fired a shot from the blue line that made its way through a crowd, tying the score at 2-2.

Middlebury took control for good at the seven-minute mark during four-on-four hockey when Jack Kinder found the net and took a two-goal lead with just under four minutes to play in the second period off the stick of Samuel Driver.

The third period was more Middlebury as Evgeny Saidachev and John Sullivan finished off their chances, sealing the Jeffs fate 6-2.

Middlbury’s Doug Raeder made 23 stops for the Panthers while senior netminder Josh Fillman (Charlestown, MA) turned aside 30 shots and sophomore A.J. Scola (Holden, MA) made six stops in the third period for Amherst.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Feb. 24 for a match-up with Wesleyan in the opening round of the NESCAC Tournament. The Jeffs are 2-0 against the Cardinals this season.