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Men's ice hockey falls to Amherst in NESCAC quarterfinals

Contact Mike Matt 315-859-4535
Posted February 25, 2012
Tags Men's Ice Hockey

Nationally ranked No. 3 Amherst College received goals from six players and Jonathan La Rose stopped all 19 shots he faced to lead the Lord Jeffs to a 6-0 win over Hamilton College in a 2012 NESCAC championship quarterfinal at Amherst's Orr Rink on Feb. 25.

Eddie Effinger, Johnny Van Siclen, Mike Moher, Nick Brunette, Jake Turrin and Dylan Trumble each tallied a goal for the Lord Jeffs. It was the fifth shutout of the season for La Rose, who leads Division III with a .943 save percentage and ranks second with a 1.51 goals against average. Amherst has won nine consecutive games.

Joe Quattrocchi '14 made 29 saves in net for the eighth-seeded Continentals. Hamilton (8-14-3 overall) finished the season with one win in its final 12 games.

No. 1 seed Amherst (21-3-1) got on the board at 12:28 of the first period when Effinger fired a shot from the right circle into the back of the net. The Lord Jeffs doubled their lead just 1:38 later when Turrin ripped a slap shot from the point high into the net for his first goal of the season. Amherst led 2-0 at the first intermission.

Moher skated up the left side and fired a backhander into the upper left corner of the net at 10:28 of the second for his team-high 12th goal of the season. The Lord Jeffs stretched their lead to 4-0 on a short-handed goal by Brunette at 11:59 of the period. After a shot by Cashman was initially saved, Brunette was there to bang home the rebound. Amherst led 4-0 at the second intermission.

Trumble buried a wrist shot with 6:27 left in the third to give the Lord Jeffs a 5-0 lead. Van Siclen closed the scoring on a power-play goal with 2:57 remaining.

The Lord Jeffs held a 35-19 shot advantage, and were 1-for-2 on the power play. Amherst ranks fifth in Division III in penalty kill at 88.3 percent, and the Lord Jeffs killed all three Hamilton chances. The Continentals have dominated the all-time series 55-19-3, but Amherst is unbeaten in its last eight games against Hamilton.

The Jeffs -- 11-0-0 at Orr Rink in 2011-12 -- host the NESCAC semifinals and championship game on Saturday and Sunday, March 3 and 4.

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