Lord Jeffs Stay Atop Standings With 7-2 Win Over NEC

Eddie Effinger had a goal and two assists to lead Amherst.

AMHERST, MA - The 11th-ranked Amherst College men's hockey team scored five goals in the second period this evening to blow open a tied game against New England College and cruise to a 7-2 win. The victory keeps Amherst tied atop the NESCAC standings with a 15-3-3 (10-3-3 NESCAC) record, while the Pilgrims fall to 9-11-2 (6-9-2) on the year.

Amherst junior forward Matt Rhone (Dedham, MA) gave the Lord Jeffs a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the opening frame. At the 1:46 mark of the first period, Rhone scored five-hole after taking the puck from a Pilgrim defenseman. New England answered in the final moments of the first period, with Alex Muse scoring a power-play goal off a feed from Jarkki Leppanen. Muse's goal came from the high slot, beating Amherst netminder Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, Alberta).

The second period was all Amherst, starting once again with Rhone early on. At the 4:49 mark, Rhone put home a rebound after New England goaltender Connor Sampson made an initial save. Assists on Rhone's second goal went to Nick Brunette (Chaska, MN) and Luke Arnold (Lincoln, MA). Three minutes later, Mark Colp (Wareham, MA) scored the eventual game-winner on the power play. In the next 10 minutes, Amherst added three more goals, including a pair on the power play to take a commanding 6-1 lead. Goals in the scoring burst came from Trip Wray (Walpole, MA), Eddie Effinger (Belleville, IL) and Brunette.

Amherst added one more insurance power-play goal from Jake Hannon (Williamsville, NY) early in the third period off assists from Effinger and Arnold, before seeing a second Muse goal finish the game at 7-2. New England's second goal came against Amherst rookie goaltender Nathan Corey (Anchorage, AK), who played 15:12 of relief for Anderson. Anderson made 13 saves in 44:48 of action, while Sampson turned away 34 shots in the loss for New England.

Amherst will take on Saint Anselm College tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. in another crucial ECAC game that will count in the NESCAC standings.