AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Amherst College will host three other teams in the Ben McCabe Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, scheduled for the weekend of Saturday, November 29-Sunday, November 30. The four-game tournament will feature four NESCAC and ECAC-East rivals, though results will not affect current ECAC-East standings.
Amherst men's ice hockey will make its home debut on the newly renovated Orr Rink with a 2-0 record under their sticks. The Jeffs opened the 1997-98 campaign with a 5-0 blanking at St. Anselm behind a hat trick by senior tri-captain Mike Noone (Swampscott, MA) before posting a 5-1 victory at New England College. Noone leads the team in scoring with five points (4g, 1a), followed by rookie Chris Orszulak (Longmeadow, MA) with four assists in two games. Junior Chris Addesa (Andover, MA) minds the net with 98.1% efficiency, as he has allowed only one goal against 54 shots.
Connecticut College has also jumped out to a 2-0 start after upsetting last year's top-two teams in the ECAC-East. Notching a 5-3 win over Norwich, the Camels followed up with a 4-3 victory over three-time national champion Middlebury after overcoming a 3-1 deficit midway through the third period. A trio of forwards heads up the Camel attack as Jean Labbe (Point-Clare, Quebec), Pete Helfer (Lake Placid, NY) and Mike DePlacido (Ipswich, MA) each have two goals and an assist to their credit.
Trinity brings a 0-1-1 record into the tournament with Head Coach John Dunham just two wins away from 300. Over 24 seasons, Dunham has compiled a 298-214-18 mark. The Bantams rebounded from a 6-3 loss at UMass-Boston with a 2-2 tie with Babson in overtime on Sunday. Junior James Devine (Warwick, RI) leads Trinity with a pair of goals and an assist, while sophomore Dan Lyons (West Haven, CT) has a trio of assists to date.
Wesleyan is coming off a pair of losses to Babson and UMass-Boston. Sophomore Ross Dufresne (Burlington, CT) leads the Cardinals with four points (2g, 2a), while junior alternate captain Bryce Prosser (Stow, OH) has a trio of assists on his stick.
A matchup between Trinity and Wesleyan will kick off the tournament at 1:00pm on Saturday, followed by a showdown between Amherst and Conn College at 4:00pm. Winners of Saturday's games will vie for the Tournament Championship at 5:00pm on Sunday, preceded by the Consolation game at 2:00pm.
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