Lord Jeffs Fall in John Dunham Championship to Trinity in Overtime

Courtesy of Trinity College

Jeff Landers earned All-Tournament honors this
weekend at the John Dunham Invitational.
HARTFORD, CT –Matt Crum scored the game-winning goal with 4:29 left in the first 20-minute overtime to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Amherst College Lord Jeffs in the finals of the John Dunham Men’s Ice Hockey Invitational Tournament this afternoon at Williams Rink.  Trinity improves to 2-1-1 and wins the first-ever Dunham Tournament title, while the Lord Jeffs drop to 3-1.  The Bantams exacted revenge for a season-opening, 4-1 defeat at Amherst last weekend. 

With Amherst leading, 2-1, after two periods, Trinity knotted the score at 2-2 1:30 into the third frame on a goal by forward Adam Houli and took a 3-2 lead 2:22 later on a score by forward Chris Powers.  Amherst answered quickly when freshman forward Trip Wray (Walpole, Mass.) scored 5:37 into the final regulation period, and senior co-captain forward Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, Ontario) converted on a power play goal just past the halfway point of the stanza to give the visitors a 4-3 lead.  Trinity junior forward Riley Hicks forced the overtime on his second goal of the game on assists by co-captains Daniel Maturi and Ryan Masucci with just 1:09 left on the clock.

In the overtime, Amherst freshman goaltender Cole Anderson (Sylvan Lakes, Alberta) and Bantam freshman backstop Wesley Vesprini were forced to make a combined 20 game-saving stops, including 14 by Anderson, before Powers and classmate Josh Rich provided helpers on Crum’s clincher from point blank range.  Powers finished with a goal and two assists for the Bantams, while junior forward Joel Covelli (Carlisle, Ontario) recorded one goal and one assist for the Lord Jeffs.  Anderson finished with 44 saves and Vesprini made 11 of his 31 stops in the third period. Crum, who scored twice in Trinity’s 4-1 win over Wesleyan in the first round game yesterday, and Hicks graced the all-tournament team for Trinity, while Anderson earned a spot on the all-tournament squad with 65 saves and an assist over 135 minutes between the pipes for Amherst.  Lord Jeff junior defenseman Jeff Landers (Hanover, Mass.) also took all-tournament honors with two goals in yesterday’s 4-1 triumph against Connecticut College, while Beauregard, who added 14 saves in the third period against Amherst, and Redpath, who tallied the Cardinal goal in the first round, rounded out the all-tourney team.