Nichols Snaps Amherst's Four-Game Unbeaten Streak

Senior Joel Covelli had a goal and an assist.
Courtesy of Saint Michael’s Sports Information

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – In the final day of the Saint Michael’s College Men’s Ice Hockey Holiday Classic, Amherst College (4-3-1/2-1-1 NESCAC) was defeated by Nichols College (13-1-0/8-0-0 ECAC Northeast) 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Cairns Arena in South Burlington.

For Amherst, senior Joel Covelli (Carlisle, ON) tallied a goal and an assist, while first-year Eddie Effinger (St. Louis, MO) netted a score of his own. Senior Rylan Burns (Mill Bay, BC) and sophomore Matt Rhone (Dedham, MA), who was named to the All-Tournament Team, added an assist each.

Sophomore Jonathan Larose (Boyle, AB) recorded 25 saves in net for the Jeffs. Sophomore forward Luke Arnold (Lexington, MA) joined Rhone on the All-Tournament Team.

For Nichols, first-year Zach Hendrickson, senior Jeff Bieber and sophomore JoJo Bojanowski recorded one score each. Junior Zeke Costello handed out two assists, while senior Ryan Gervais and classmate Anthony Monte provided assists for the Bison.

Senior Keith Fink made 29 saves between the pipes for the Bison. Senior defensemen Cole Ruwe was named Tournament Most Valuable Player, while sophomore forward Will Munson was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Nichols struck first, 10:49 into the first period, when Hendrickson scored an unassisted goal for his third score of the season. With 1:19 remaining in the first period and Nichols on the man advantage, Gervais and Costello set up Bieber for the score, giving Nichols a two-goal lead heading into the second period.

The Lord Jeffs cut the deficit in half on a power play goal when Covelli notched his first goal of the season, coming from Burns. Nichols answered back on a 5-on-3 power play goal when Bojanowski netted his third goal of the season, with the assists coming from Costello and Monte.

Once again the Lord Jeffs cut into the two-goal deficit with a power play goal of their own when Covelli and Rhone found Effinger for the first-year’s third score of the season. A scoreless and penalty-filled third period was enough for the Bison to hold on for the victory and finish 2-0 in the Saint Michael’s College Holiday Classic.

The Lord Jeffs, who had their four-game unbeaten streak snapped, return to action Friday, Jan. 9, when they resume conference play with a 7 p.m. ECAC East game at UMass Boston.