Trinity Rebounds for 2-2 Overtime Tie at Amherst|
January 13, 2001
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College men's hockey team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and outshot visiting Trinity College 58-23, but couldn't hold off the resilient Bantams who rebounded for a 2-2 overtime tie in a key New England Small College Athletic Conference matchup Saturday night at Orr Rink.
|Darren Reaume gave the Jeffs|
an early 2-0 lead
Trailing 2-1 with just under 13 minutes to play, Trinity sent the game into overtime when sophomore forward Dustin Kim (Laurel, MS) deflected a pass from junior defenseman Michael Sayre (Keene, NH) just out of the reach of Amherst goaltender Nick Rieser (Northfield, IL).
From there it was a defensive stalemate as both teams had their chances but couldn't break through with three shots on goal in the extra session.
Amherst took an early 1-0 lead when sophomore forward Justin Pitrack (Wilmette, IL) fed first-year phenom and high school teammate Mike Kreger (Glenview, IL) for a right-handed wrister after a slapshot by rookie defenseman Chris Norqual (Eden Prairie, MN) ricocheted off the boards right in front of the Trinity net.
The Jeffs then extended the lead to 2-0 during a five-on-three power play with junior forward Darren Reaume (West Seneca, NY) connecting on a nifty feed from classmate Greg Carr (Hanover, MA) 7:27 into the second period.
Amherst seemed to be cruising until an obstruction call with 1:31 remaining in the second period against sophomore defenseman Erich Schram (Madison, WI) set up a controversial Trinity goal that changed the complexion of the hockey match. Behind outstanding defense from Pitrack, Carr, and seniors Jim Smith (Rochester, MN) and Darce Swaggert (Wayzata, MN), the Jeffs seemed to have killed the penalty, but with time winding down, sophomore forward Greg O'Leary (Reading, MA) took a desperation slapshot from just inside the blue line right in front of the Trinity bench that found the net with no time remaining.
With the tie - Amherst's second consecutive after a 4-4 deadlock against defending National Champions Norwich University on Saturday, Jan. 6 - the Jeffs moved to 7-3-2 on the season. Trinity is now 9-2-2 overall.
The Bantams and Jeffs met earlier in the season on Nov. 25th in the first round of the Ben McCabe Tournament, with Amherst coming away with a lopsided 6-2 victory.
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