Lord Jeffs Skate to 3-3 Overtime Tie With 8th-Ranked Southern Maine

Junior Joel Covelli had another two goals tonight against 8th-ranked Southern Maine.

By Ryan O'Donnell '08

AMHERST, MA - Riding a three game winning streak, the Amherst College men’s hockey game battled 8th-ranked Southern Maine to a 3-3 tie Friday night at Orr rink. With the result, the Jeffs stretched there home unbeaten record to 4-0-1. Southern Maine moves to 10-1-3 overall, while Amherst sits at 7-3-3 after the tightly contested game.

A frenzied opening couple of minutes saw the Huskies nearly take the lead, when Ryan Jean skated in one-on-one with Amherst rookie netminder Cole Anderson (Eckville, Alberta). Jean slid the puck across to a charging teammate, but Anderson sprawled out his left pad to deny the golden scoring opportunity. Shortly after, Amherst senior forward Mike McIntosh (Soldotna, AK) had a breakaway of his own but Southern Maine goalie Jamie Gilbert’s glove save kept the game knotted at zero.

The Huskies broke through at the 12:41 mark, when Zach Joy stuffed home a loose puck on the left side of the net. The Jeffs responded as rookie forward Trip Wray (Walpole, MA) deflected a Brendan Powers (Walpole, MA) shot past Gilbert. With 2:30 to play in the opening frame, junior forward Joel Covelli (Carlisle, ON) one-timed a Gregg Adamo (Manalapan, NJ)) deflected shot into the net from the left slot to give the Jeffs a 2-1 lead on the power-play. Southern Maine tied the game a minute later when Joy tallied his second goal of the night.

The Huskies seized control four minutes into the second session when Jordan Skinner connected from Mike Stevens during four-on-four hockey. During a physical second period, Amherst and Southern Maine encountered a number of great chances, but both Anderson and Gilbert made tremendous stops to keep their teams in the game. Covelli made a great steal from two Southern Maine defenders in the offensive zone before roofing a shot from in close to level Amherst with Southern Maine at the midway point of the second period.

That was all the scoring in this one, as the third period and overtime couldn’t produce a winner. Anderson finished with 31 stops while Gilbert finished with 38.

The Lord Jeffs return to action tomorrow afternoon when they host non-conference opponent Salem St. at 3p.m.