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Jeffs Fall To Top-Ranked Middlebury, 1-0

January 5, 2001

Darce Swaggert
Swaggert's third period
goal was disallowed
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College men's hockey team played visiting Middlebury College down to the wire but fell victim to a power-play goal by freshman John Dawson (New Canaan, CT) 8:18 into the third period as the top-ranked Panthers improved to 7-0-1 with a 1-0 win over the Jeffs Friday night at Orr Rink.

Dawson snapped the scoreless tie with a right-handed one-timer just over the left shoulder of Amherst senior goaltender Nick Rieser (Northfield, IL) after a perfect feed by first-year forward Adam Foote (New Hartford, NY) from behind the net.

Amherst's penalty killing unit - led by seniors Stephen Tornabene (San Mateo, CA) and Darce Swaggert (Wayzata, MN) and junior forwards Darren Reaume (West Seneca, NY) and Greg Carr (Hanover, MA) - was solid all evening, turning away five Middlebury power-play opportunities before succumbing to Dawson's late-game heroics.

The Jeffs also had their chances on the offensive end, particularly in the second minute of the third period, when Swaggert found the back of the net with a backhand wrist shot but was ruled in the crease and the goal was disallowed by referee Bill Sapelli.

Despite the loss, Rieser had a stellar night in goal with 35 saves for Amherst, who fell to 7-3 on the season. Middlebury goaltender Christian Carlsson (Linkoping, Sweden) was similarly impressive with 32 saves, going the distance for his third shutout of the season.

Middlebury, who won five consecutive National Championships before failing to repeat last season, entered the game as the nation's top ranked team in the latest U.S. College Hockey Online Division III poll.

Amherst hosts defending National Champion Norwich University tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 p.m.
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