Amherst Ends Regular Season with 1-1 Overtime Tie Against UMass Boston

The Amherst Class of 2010 helped the Jeffs cap another undefeated weekend
with a 1-1 overtime tie against UMass Boston.

AMHERST, MA – The 13th-ranked Amherst College men’s hockey team closed out the 2009-10 regular season this afternoon with a 1-1 overtime tie against UMass Boston at home. With the draw on Senior Day 2010, Amherst has secured the No. 4 seed in the NESCAC Championship and will host No. 5 Trinity College Saturday, Feb. 27, at a time yet to be determined.

Prior to the start of today’s contest, Amherst honored seniors Jack Baer (Edina, MN), Andrew Stevenson (Newton, MA), Sean Patterson (Lake Worth, FL), Ted Vickers (Chilliwack, BC) and captain Keith Nelson (Manalapan, NJ). With another undefeated weekend of play under its belt, the Amherst Class of 2010 ranks as the winningest group in the program’s history with a 66-28-9 record.

The Beacons got onto the board 4:30 into the first period on a great individual effort by Matt Atsoff. After beating one defender, Atsoff went high over Amherst goaltender Cole Anderson’s (Sylvan Lake, Alberta) blocker with a wrist shot for the opening goal. UMass Boston went on to out-shoot Amherst in the first period by a 12-7 margin, but late in the frame Amherst’s Eddie Effinger (Belleville, IL) nearly scored on a shot that just sailed over the upper corner.

In the second frame, Amherst started the period with a solid effort on the penalty kill and then nearly equalized five minutes in on a hard wrist shot by junior Matt Rhone (Dedham, MA). UMass Boston goaltender Ryan Donovan stopped that Rhone attempt, and then put together a pair of saves on Mark Colp (Wareham, MA) and Luke Arnold (Lincoln, MA) less than a minute later.

The third period saw Amherst out-shoot the Beacons 12-6, and 9:17 into the stanza the Lord Jeffs went on a 5-on-3 power play. During the two-man advantage, points-leader Joe Brock (Cumming, GA) lifted a wrist shot over Donovan’s glove side to tie the game at 1-1 with 9:31 remaining in regulation. Assists on the equalizer came from Colp and Nelson.

With three and a half minutes remaining in the third, Anderson made a nice glove save on Kris Kranzky to keep the game knotted up at 1-1. In the overtime session, Anderson made the save of the game two and a half minutes in as Krunsky unleashed a hard slap shot from the point that the Lord Jeff backstop snagged out of the air. Neither team had another good scoring chance in overtime, as the final horn signaled the end of a 1-1 draw. Anderson made 28 saves in the game, while Donovan made 27 stops for the Beacons.