Kyle Schoppel '08
Junior Kyle Schoppel netted two goals in the Jeffs'
7-3 win over URI

Amherst Topples URI in Day One of Times Argus Invitational

December 29, 2006

NORTHFIELD, VT – The Amherst College men’s ice hockey team put its unbeaten record on hold against the University of Rhode Island's club team in day one of the Times Argus Invitational at Norwich University. The Lord Jeffs (6-0-1/3-0-1) scored early and often, finishing with a 7-3 victory over the Rams.

Neither offense jumped out of the gate, as the teams remained notched at 0-0 7:30 into the first frame. Amherst’s lone captain, senior Sean Ellis (Springfield, MA), and sophomore Rylan Burns (Jasper, AB) fed junior Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, ON) for the first goal of the game, beginning a three-minute onslaught by the Amherst offense. Goals by junior Gregg Adamo (Manalapan, NJ) and senior Brandon Zangel (Highlands Ranch, CO) gave the Jeffs a 3-0 lead, which is where the game would stand heading into the first intermission.

Amherst wasted no time in the second period, as Ellis found the back of the net just 42 seconds into the frame to give the Jeffs a 4-0 lead. The Rams took advantage of a five-on-three power play four minutes later, with Matt Loftus netting URI’s first goal of the game, but Amherst responded with two more goals in the frame to go ahead 6-1 after two periods of play. 

The Rams struck first in the third period, with Mike Curran scoring at the 8:11 mark to bring the score to 6-2, but Amherst once again responded when junior Andrew Schremp (Denver, CO) netted the Jeffs’ seventh and final goal of the afternoon. Curran would find the back of the net late in the final period for his second goal of the game, but it was not enough as Amherst finished with the 7-3 victory.

Senior Josh Fillman (Charlestown, MA) and sophomore A.J. Scola (Holden, MA) combined for 22 saves for Amherst, while Anthony Feycock stopped 35 shots for the Rams.

Amherst will take on Norwich University in the championship game Saturday at 7 p.m., while URI will play in the consolation game against Utica College at 4 p.m.