Lord Jeffs Finish in 4-4 Tie at St. Michael's College

From a St. Michael's Release

The Lord Jeffs scored three consecutive goals to skate
to a 4-4 tie at St. Michael's College this evening.

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT- Saint Michael's College (1-2-1, 0-2-0 ECAC East) battled the number one ranked team in the NESCAC, Amherst College (3-1-1, 2-0-0 NESCAC), to a 4-4 draw Friday night at Cairns Arena in South Burlington. Despite going up 3-0 in the second period, the Purple Knights gave up three unanswered goals and would eventually earn a tie with the Lord Jeffs.

For Saint Michael's, senior captain Erik Caron (Kanata, Ontario/Smith Falls Bears) led the offensive attack with a goal and two assists. Juniors Matt Hall (Scituate, Mass./Bridgton Academy) and Ryan Mero (Clarks Summit, Pa./CD Select) and freshman Matthew Rigtrup (Upper Montclair, N.J./Pickering Panthers) each added a goal in the team's second tie with Amherst in program history. The Purple Knights still have yet to defeat the Lord Jeffs in hockey through eight contests. Junior goalkeeperTyler Bilton (Penticton, B.C./Finlandia University) did all he could to earn his second win of the year but fell just short, stopping 36 shots on 40 total attempts.

For the Lord Jeffs, senior Kyle Schoppel (Cambridge, Ont./Kitchener Dutchmen) led the way adding to his season total with his fifth goal and first assist of the year. Senior Gregg Adamo (Manalapan, N.J./Milton Academy), junior Jeff Landers (Hanover, Mass./Deerfield Academy) and sophomore Keith Nelson (Manalapan, N.J./Milton Academy) each tallied a goal in the team's first draw of the year. Freshman goalie Jonathan Larose Boyle, Alb./Drumheller Dragons) also turned aside 22 shots.

With a back and forth first period, the two teams traded shots for the first 13 minutes to no avail until Hall was set up for a break-away by Legare. Hall beat Larose over the left shoulder to take the advantage early, 1-0. The Purple Knights doubled their lead minutes later with a beautiful goal set up byCaron, who wrapped around the net to find Rigtrup for a one-timer in front of the net. Despite losing the battle of shots in the first stanza, 12-7, Saint Michael's jumped out to an early lead.

In the second period, Saint Michael's Bilton withstood a barrage of shots during two penalties kills leading up to a two-on-one break that saw Caron find Mero in front of an open net for his third goal of the year. Amherst answered with their first goal of the game minutes later when Burns found Schoppel for his team-leading fifth goal of the year. Amherst cut the deficit to one with a power play goal on Landers' third goal of the year from Joel Covelli (Carlisle, Ont./Colby College) with less than a minute remaining.

In a physical third period, Amherst took advantage of some early penalties, scoring their third straight goal 10 seconds into a power play at 4:08, when Nelson scored his first goal of the year on an assist from Brendan Powers (Walpole, Mass./Roxbury Latin) and Schoppel. Amherst would not be finished, as Michael McIntosh (Soldnota, Alaska/Thornill Academy) kept his five-game streak with at least one point alive when he found Adamo for his fifth goal in as many games. Saint Michael's would answer midway through the third whenCaron finished a Healey shot that caromed off the crossbar but the two would eventually skate to a tie after the five minute overtime.

The Purple Knights return to action Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. to play host to the Hamilton Continentals at Cairns Arena in South Burlington.