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Pitrack’s Winner Good For Amherst Victory Over Colby

Jeffs Hold Off Mule Rally In Third

— Amherst sophomore Justin Pitrack scored the game-winner off a feed from first-year forward Mike Kreger with 8:45 remaining in the second period to break open a 2-2 tie, as the Lord Jeffs defeated the visiting Colby White Mules, 3-2, Saturday afternoon. Senior goaltender Nick Rieser had 13 of his 37 saves in the third period to preserve the victory.

Colby opened the scoring 5:33 into the first session, as junior Bobby Nagle beat Rieser. Amherst knotted it six minutes later when junior Bob Miele found classmate Greg Carr in the top left corner for his tenth goal of the season, but Colby took a 2-1 lead into the locker room at the end of the first period after senior Jeff Fishbone scored off a feed from forward Ken Kearns.

In the second period, senior defensemen Jim Smith picked off a pass and wristed a shot past White Mule goalie J.D. Hadiaris for his team-leading 12th goal of the season, tying the game at 2-2 and setting the stage for Pitrack’s goal four minutes later.

In the third period, Colby mounted a furious comeback, but Rieser stonewalled the White Mules 13 times in the period, including a point-blank shot from sophomore Brock Barton with 2:18 remaining.

The visitors attempted to pull Hadiaris with 38 seconds remaining after a timeout, but the Lord Jeffs were able to keep the puck in the Colby zone long enough to prevent Hadiaris from leaving the ice quickly, thwarting the White Mules’s effort.

Hadiaris had 24 saves in defeat.

With the win, Amherst moves to 14-4-3 overall, and the Jeffs’ 10-2-3 league mark ties them with Colby for second place in the NESCAC. Colby’s loss drops them to 13-7-1, 11-3-1.

The White Mules await Tuesday’s matchup with archrival Bowdoin, while the Jeffs return to action Friday at Mass College, before Saturday’s faceoff against archrival Williams.

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  • Rchyell

    How does Elmira have to go on the road after winning the toughest conference in the country with the #1 SOS? Plattsburgh gets to host? Castleton not in? The committee this year dropped the ball. What a joke! I guess it helps to have the head of the committee from Plattsburgh.

    • CSCLax29

      No, the problem is the Coach from Norwich is in the mix and obviously AFRAID to play Castleton again.

      • Icepests

        Afraid to play Castleton? That’s a new one.

        • CSCLax29

          Sure, why not. If you take a team that you lost at home to out of the tournament, you can play an easier mark. Yeah I would say AFRAID. If you take exception to that, ask yourself why? Why else would you not include the NUMBER 4 D3 Team in the country to the tournament? Also, sounds like there is a lot of “Conflict of Interests” on the committee. Mike McShane (Norwich’s Coach) should not be on the selection committee and step down now as we can see how this committee rolls…

      • Guest

        McShane on the committe is a joke. And no Castleton is a direct result of that. Huge shaft to Castleton.

    • burns24

      I agree 100% seems like they would look at elmira beating nuemman 5-1 to win there title and and plattsburg beating a barely .500 team in ferdonia to get in. In my opinion some one is trying to cool off elmira by sending them halfway across the county. Hmmm someone should look in the committee’s politics they are not very ethical if you ask me.

    • Guyalton60

      I don’t understand myself how Elmira could drop in seeding when they were seeded by the committee #2 and then not loose another game. Also, they beat a better team in their final then Plattsburgh beat in theirs. Elmira also tied Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh. I do think Castleton’s absence is probably due to McShane. I was at the final four last year and McShane come off as an snob, he didn’t even try to uphold sportsmanship by not even speaking to the Norwich fans about the disrespect they showed towards St Norbert. I agree that a head coach should not be on the committee, especially someone like McShane. I was in the Air Force for 10 years and I am embarrassed that students at a military college would display the character (rude) that they did. I am from Oswego and I hope that Elmira does beat Adrian, I have the utmost respect for Adrians program. For I believe trying to beat an opponent three times in the same year is a worthy challenge, especially the talent that Elmira (an excellent program) has.

      Guy

  • guest

    Adrian’s the #2 team in the west Chris. 2 seed gets to host a 3 seed, it’s in the NCAA handbook. East committee dropped the ball by dropping Elmira for no reason.

  • Anonymous

    Nobody dreamed that WS had a chance of making the field. Nobody believed that Castleton could be excluded.

    • CSCLax29

      See how long WS remained in the Tournament. The bid should have rightly gone to Castleton where it belonged…

  • Georgethomasob

    Go Cadets

  • MADMAX

    final out west , ncaa would like to have two teams from the east and two of west.
    gate from 3 east teams, not good as 2 & 2.

  • spwood

    On Coach Emery’s radio show this week, he didn’t seem surprised Plattsburgh jumped over Elmira and, in fact, stated it should have happened the week before. Perhaps it was laziness that kept Elmira #2 last week. I still don’t see UWS over Castleton – 12 losses is too many, I don’t care how tough your schedule is…..

  • Msteven02

    has anyone asked how Oswego not only gets in but gets a bye…it places very little emphasis on the conference playoffs….who did Oswego beat? btw NU beat Castleton 5-2 away later in the season….they beat Bowdoin, Colby Williams 3-0 and Middlebury

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