Pitrack's Second Period Hat-Trick Leads Amherst Over Fitchburg St., 8-2|
January 2, 2001
AMHERST, MA - Sophomore forward Justin Pitrack (Wilmette, IL) erupted for his first-career hat-track with three goals in a wild second period as the Amherst College men's hockey team shook the rust from a 23-day holiday layoff to steamroll visiting Fitchburg State 8-2 on Tuesday night at Orr Rink. The Jeffs improved to 7-2 with the win and outshot the shell-shocked Falcons 56-19, rebounding from a 4-0 loss at national power Plattsburgh State on Saturday, Dec. 9.
|Justin Pitrack '03 notched|
his first career hat-trick
Amherst jumped out to a 5-0 lead against Fitchburg goaltender Jason Holt (Fitchburg, MA), who was pulled in favor of freshman netminder Mike Marino (Wakefield, MA) midway through the second period. Junior Greg Carr (Hanover, MA) and senior Chris Orszulak (Longmeadow, MA) started the barrage with a pair of goals in the first period, before seniors Gregg DiNardo (North Reading, MA), Jim Smith (Rochester, MN) and Pitrack showed Holt the door with a trio of consecutive scoring strikes in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza.
Fitchburg State sophomore Dan Goulet (Blackstone, MA) stopped the bleeding with a right-handed wrist-shot past Amherst reserve goaltender Jaffrie Perrotti (Winthrop, MA) at 9:37, but the momentum was short-lived as Pitrack took over with his second and third goals of the period, sandwiched around Smith's second goal of the game to round out the scoring for Amherst.
Fitchburg's Dan Tsoutsouris (Danvers, MA) managed to sneak another Falcon goal past Perotti just before the second intermission, but it was all the offense the visitors could muster as they fell to 4-8 with the loss.
Senior goaltender Nick Rieser (Northfield, IL) started the game for Amherst and logged three saves in the first period before giving way to Perotti, who turned away seven shots in the second. Sophomore tender Justin Jagher (Framingham, MA) played the entire third period with seven saves and no goals allowed for the Jeffs.
Amherst returns to Orr Rink this Friday against visiting NESCAC rival Middlebury College at 7 p.m.
Full game box score