Amherst Tops Conn College 3-1 in Spurrier Tournament

Amherst senior Sean Patterson scored his first
collegiate goal against Conn College.

MIDDLETOWN, CT - The 14th-ranked Amherst College men's hockey team returned to action from Thanksgiving break this afternoon to take on NESCAC foe Connecticut College in the 2009 Spurrier Tournament at Wesleyan University. Conn tied the game 1-1 early in the second period, but Amherst pulled away for a 3-1 victory.

Amherst took a 1-0 less than six minutes into the first period on an unassisted score from senior forward Sean Patterson (Lake Worth, FL).  Patterson intercepted a pass from a Conn defender on a give-away at the blue line. After skating in to the slot, Patterson buried a slap shot waist high on the left side. The goal was the first collegiate point and goal for the Lord Jeff senior.

In the second period, each team scored a goal, as Amherst was able to take a 2-1 lead into the third period. Conn was awarded a penalty shot only three minutes into the period after Amherst sophomore Eddie Effinger (Belleville, IL) was called for covering the puck in the crease. On the penalty shot, Conn's Julien Boutet beat Amherst junior goaltender Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, Alberta) with a high shot after Anderson went down.

Amherst regained its lead at the 8:58 mark of the second period, after a slap shot by Jamie Hawkrigg (Waterdown, Ontario) hit the boards and caromed to the left side of the net. The rebound was collected by Effinger who pushed the puck into the net from the doorstep on a tough angle. Also assisting on Amherst's second goal was junior Joe Brock (Cumming, GA).

Just 4:51 into the third period Amherst opened up a 3-1 lead as junior Matt Rhone (Dedham, MA) scored on a scramble in front of the Conn. College net. On his third crack at the goal, Rhone poked in the puck on assists from senior Ted Vickers (Chilliwack, BC) and first-year Dylan Trumble (Calgary, Alberta).

Anderson made 20 saves for the win, while Conn's Greg Parker turned away 27 shots in the loss. The Lord Jeffs (2-1-0/1-1-0 NESCAC) will await the winner of today's second game between the host Cardinals and Trinity College in tomorrow's championship game.