Sean Ellis '07
Senior captain Sean Ellis scored the Jeffs' first and fifth goals to lead his team to an upset victory over Norwich.

Jeffs Upset Second-Ranked Norwich to Remain Unbeaten

December 1, 2006

Amherst, MA – The Amherst College Men’s hockey team played its best hockey of the season and held off a late surge from second-ranked Norwich University for a 5-4 victory. The Lord Jeffs remain unbeaten at 4-0-1 while the Cadets of Norwich drop to 4-1.

Amherst got on the board just 10 seconds into the game when senior captain Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA) jumped on a Norwich turnover in the neutral zone and skated in on the left side before tucking a wrist shot over the goalie’s right shoulder.

The Amherst offense added to its lead at the start of the second stanza when sophomore forward Will Collins (Edina, MN) took a feed from sophomore defenseman Shane Lennox (N. Vancouver, BC) and used some fancy puck-work on Norwich netminder David Thompson before sliding the puck home with the backhand at the 1:25 mark.

Norwich got on the board just two minutes later when James Duhamel finished off a Rico Piatelli pass, then knotted the score at the seven-minute mark when Nikita Kashirsky scored the first of his two goals off dishes from Rick Cleaver and Raphael Robitaille on a power-play. The tie game ignited the Amherst offense once again as sophomore forward Olufemi Amurawaiye buried his third goal in as many games. Amurawaiye gathered a slick feed from rookie forward Ted Vickers (Chiliwack, BC) and calmly sniped a wrist shot into the top corner.

Rookie forward Jack Baer (Edina, MN) picked a great time to collect his first career goal when he buried a wrist shot from the high slot at 15:41 in the second period. The Jeffs scored their third unanswered goal less than a minute later when Ellis finished off a rebound to put the Jeffs in front, 5-2.

Norwich struck back with three minutes to play in the second stanza when Kashirsky snuck home a shot from the right side, and cut the Amherst lead to 5-4 when Piatelli finished off a Duhamel assist with 14 minutes to play in the final period. Senior goaltender Josh Fillman (Charlestown, MA) and the Amherst defense withstood the Norwich attack for the remainder of the period and earned an impressive early-season victory.

Fillman finished the game with 35 saves, while Thompson made 12 stops for the Cadets. Amherst returns to action tomorrow afternoon when they welcome non-conference foe St. Michaels College at 3 p.m.