Jeffs Close Out Regular Season with Impressive 6-2 Win at Williams

Matt Rhone netted a pair of goals
in the Jeffs' 6-2 win at Williams.

Courtesy Williams College

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Amherst College men's ice hockey team capped off its regular season in impressive style, defeating archrival Williams College on the road, 6-2. The Lord Jeffs (13-8-3), who have earned the No. 4 seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship Tournament, earned their first win over the Ephs (9-11-4) since the 2002-03 season.

Despite the lopsided score, the game was played much closer. Amherst held a 41-26 shot advantage, getting two goals from first-year Matt Rhone (Dedham, MA) and both a goal and pair of assists from junior Joel Covelli (Carlisle, ON) to spearhead the attack. Lord Jeff rookie goalkeeper Jonathan Larose (Boyle, AB) made several sensational saves early en route to a 24-save performance.

Amherst built a two-goal lead in the first period off of goals from sophomore Andrew Stevenson (Newton, MA) and Covelli, but Williams was not without it chances. The difference-maker early was Larose, who thwarted several golden opportunities for the Ephs.

The Ephs kept the pressure up in the second period, as they pushed the puck and controlled possession. The pressure finally got the Ephs on the board at the 7:19 mark of the second when Owen Holm converted a Steve Bruch pass. However, the Lord Jeffs refused to let the Ephs gain momentum, and restored the advantage only 16 seconds later off of Rhone’s first goal. 

Amherst would add goals from junior Rylan Burns (Jasper, AB), senior co-captain Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, ON) and Rhone in the first 12 minutes of the third period to put the game out of reach. With less than five minutes remaing in the game, Ryan Young produced a brilliant slap shot goal to cut the deficit. However, it was too little too late for the Ephs, and the Lord Jeffs cruised to a 6-2 victory.

The Jeffs will host a quarterfinal game for the first time since the 2000-01 season and will take on fifth-seeded Connecticut College Saturday, Mar. 1 at 4 p.m. The Jeffs and Camels have never met in the NESCAC Championship Tournament. Williams, the seventh seed, will be on the road next Saturday in the quarterfinals to take on second-seeded Middlebury at 4 pm.

The Lord Jeffs' victory over the Ephs also marked the 299th career win for head coach Jack Arena.