Jeffs Down Colby, 3-2; Tie Polar Bears for Second Place in the NESCAC |
February 10, 2001
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College sophomore Justin Pitrack (Wilmette, IL) scored the game-winner off a feed from first-year forward Mike Kreger (Glenview, IL) with 8:45 remaining in the second period to break open a 2-2 tie, as the Lord Jeff men's hockey team defeated the visiting Colby College White Mules, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon. Senior goaltender Nick Rieser (Northfield, IL) had 13 of his 37 saves in the third period to preserve the victory.
|Justin Pitrack '03 knocked|
in the game-winner as
the Jeffs tied Colby for
second place in the NESCAC
Colby opened the scoring 5:33 into the first session, as junior Bobby Nagle (Woburn, MA) beat Rieser. Amherst would knot the score six minutes later when junior Bob Miele (Woburn. MA) found classmate Greg Carr (Hanover, MA) in the top left corner for his tenth goal of the season. Colby would take a 2-1 lead into the locker room at the end of the first period when senior Jeff Fishbone (Wyndmoor, PA) scored off a feed from forward Ken Kearns (Holland, OH).
In the second period, senior defensemen Jim Smith (Rochester, MN) picked off a pass and wristed a shot past White Mule goalie J.D. Hadiaris (Saco, ME) for his team-leading 12th goal of the season, tying the game at 2-2, and setting the stage for Pitrack's goal four minutes later.
In the third period, Colby mounted a furious comeback, but Rieser stonewalled the White Mules 13 times in the period, including a point-blank shot from sophomore Brock Barton (McLeods, New Brunswick) with 2:18 remaining that would have tied the game. The visitors attemped to pull Hadiaris with 38 seconds remaining after a time-out, but the Lord Jeffs were able to keep the puck in the Colby zone long enough to prevent Hadiaris from leaving the ice quickly, thwarting the White Mules's effort to set up a game-tying shot. Hadiaris had 24 saves in defeat.
With the win, Amherst moves to 14-4-3 overall, and their 10-2-3 league mark ties them with Colby for second place in the NESCAC. Colby's loss drops them to 13-7-1/11-3-1 overall, and the White Mules await Tuesday's matchup with arch-rival Bowdoin College. The Jeffs return to action Friday at Mass College, and eagerly await next Saturday's faceoff against arch-rival Williams College.
Full game box score