Jeffs Upset 11th-Ranked Babson to Cap Off Successful Home Stand

Jack Baer led the Jeffs with two goals and an assist. 

By Jesse Corradi '08 

AMHERST, MA- The Amherst College men’s hockey team was able to continue its winning ways with a convincing 6-4 win over ECAC East foe and 11th-ranked Babson College in front of the Lord Jeff faithful at Orr Rink.

Amherst came out strong, making the most of its scoring chances early on. Although Babson out-shot the Jeffs 17-9 in the first frame, Amherst was able to find the first two scores of the night. Amherst’s first goal came when a loose puck in front of the Beaver net was slapped past Babson netminder Skylar Nipps by first-year Matt Rhone (Dedham, MA). To put the Jeffs up 2-0, Amherst converted on its first power play with a well-earned score from Keith Nelson (Manalapan, NJ) who was assisted by Will Collins (Edina, MN) and fellow Minnesota native Jack Baer (Edina, MN). The Beavers were able to bring the game to 2-1 when Matt Harrington found the back of the net at 18:25. He was assisted by Tom Maregni and Ryan Ferguson.

The second frame saw both teams pick up their physical play, with five total penalties served. The two teams stayed neck-and-neck with each other, with Amherst finding its third goal of the night and Babson finding its second. The Lord Jeffs’ goal came when senior forward Gregg Adamo (Manalapan, NJ) was rewarded for his stellar play on a fore-check, finding himself alone with only the Beaver goalie to beat. Adamo fired a laser wrist shot past the Babson netminder to make the score 3-1 in Amherst’s favor. The Beavers were able to answer when Brad Baldelli finished a feed from John Geverd to end the scoring for the second frame.

The Lord Jeffs came out of the intermission hot, scoring within the first three minutes of play. Baer banged home a loose puck that was assisted by Rhone and Griffin Biedron (Chelsea, MI). With a 4-2 advantage, Amherst did not look back, adding its fifth score of the night when senior co-captain Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, ON) finished well on assists from Nelson and Joel Covelli (Carlisle, ON).

Babson cut the lead to 5-3 with fewer than 10 minutes to play but was unable to close the gap further. On an empty net, Schoppel and Covelli found Baer for Amherst’s final goal of the game. The Beavers were able to add a goal in the closing minutes but were not able to complete their comeback.

Both netminders faced a slew of shots, with first-year Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lake, Alberta) turning away 38 of 42 shots while Nipps stopped 38 of 44 shots.

The Lord Jeffs move to 6-3-2 (3-1-1) on the season after picking up two wins in this weekend’s home stand, while the Beavers fall to 8-2-2 (5-1-1). Up next for Amherst will be a visit to NESCAC foe Hamilton College on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.