Josh Fillman '07
Senior Josh Fillman was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player

Amherst Defeats Wesleyan, Wins McCabe Championship

November 26, 2006

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College hosted day two of the Ben McCabe Men’s Hockey Invitational Tournament on Sunday, where the Camels of Connecticut College faced the Bantams of Trinity College in the consolation game at 1 p.m., followed by a rematch between the Lord Jeffs of Amherst and the Cardinals of Wesleyan University at 4 p.m. Trinity came out on top in the first game, 4-2, and the Lord Jeffs took home the championship with a 6-3 win over Little Three rival Wesleyan.  

In the championship game, the Cardinals converted on a power play to jump out to an early 1-0 lead when senior co-captain Will Bennett (Dedham, MA) and sophomore Scott Burns (Wallingford, CT) assisted first-year David Layne (Flourtown, PA) for the first goal of the game 6:35 into the first period. Amherst would respond seven minutes later with a power play goal of its own, when sophomore Joel Covelli (Carlisle, Ontario) set up junior Mike McIntosh (Soldotna, AK) in front of the net to tie the game at 1-1, which is where the teams would stand at the end of the first frame.

Wesleyan struck early in the second period when first-year Woody Redpath (Norwich, VT) scored to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead just three minutes into the frame, but it took the Lord Jeffs just 30 seconds to respond with a goal of their own as a shot by sophomore Rylan Burns (Mill Bay, BC) bounced off the goalie and was left for first-year Ted Vickers (Chilliwack, BC) to rebound, tying the game at 2-2.

Amherst would strike again seven minutes later, when sophomore defenseman Jeff Landers’ (Hanover, MA) shot from the blue line was saved, allowing sophomore Olufemi Amurawaiye (Whitby, Ontario) to pick up the rebound and find the back of the net to put the Jeffs ahead, 3-2. Two minutes later, senior captain Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA) found Covelli in front of the net, who scored to put Amherst ahead, 4-2.

With five minutes remaining in the second period, the Cardinals were given a brief two-man advantage and a power play opportunity, but a penalty of their own handed the man-advantage over to Amherst. The Jeffs failed to convert, however, and headed into the second intermission with a 4-2 lead.

The Cardinals caught a break four minutes into the third period when the Jeffs picked up a five-minute major penalty for game misconduct, but Amherst held off Wesleyan’s attack and escaped the man-disadvantage unharmed. The Jeffs countered with a power play opportunity of their own and would convert when Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) found the back of the net to put Amherst ahead 5-2 with 9:26 remaining in the third stanza.

The Cardinals would score again late in the third period on a goal by Burns, but sophomore Will Collins (Edina, MN) would respond by scoring on an empty net with 43 seconds remaining in the period to give the Jeffs a 6-3 victory.

Sophomore Mike Palladino (Litchfield, CT) stopped 28 shots for the Cardinals, who fall to 1-2-1 (0-1-1 NESCAC), while senior Josh Fillman (Charlestown, MA) recorded 31 saves to improve the Jeffs to 3-0-1 (1-0-1 NESCAC). Both the Cardinals and Lord Jeffs return to action this Friday at 7 p.m., with Amherst taking on Norwich University at home and the Cardinals traveling to play Babson College.

In the consolation game, Connecticut College’s aggressive second and third periods were not enough, as Trinity jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. The Camels would storm back in the second frame to tie the game at 2-2, but Trinity would net a power play goal late in the second period and another late in the third period, securing a 4-2 victory. Eleven Trinity players picked up at least one point in the game, with junior Ross Grubin (Newington, CT) picking up two assists as the only Bantam with multiple points.

Senior goaltender Drew Barber (Vestal, NY) recorded 24 saves in the win, while Dan Beauregard (Medfield, MA) stopped 26 shots for the Camels. Connecticut College falls to 1-3 on the season, while Trinity improves to 1-2-1 with its first win. Both the Camels and Bantams return to action this Friday, with the Camels taking on Saint Anselm College at home and the Bantams traveling to play UMASS-Boston.

Fillman was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after picking up a shutout in Amherst’s 7-0 win over Connecticut College, followed by an impressive performance against the Cardinals.