Jeffs Clipped by Williams, 4-3

Jeffs Clipped by Williams, 4-3

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Amherst had three different players score goals, but a power play goal by Greg Johnson in the third period proved to be the game-winner as Williams earned a narrow, 4-3 victory over the Jeffs in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC men's hockey game in Williamstown, Mass.

With the loss, Amherst moves to 6-2-0 on the season, 3-2-0 in NESCAC play, while Williams improves to 5-2-1 overall, 4-1-1 in league action.

Amherst opened the scoring in the first period as David White '18 struck for his fourth goal of the season on the power play at the 15:00 mark with Andrew Fenwick '15 and Conor Brown '16 assisting on the score. Williams answered when Craig Kitto scored on the man advantage at the 18:21 mark with the assists going to James McNamara and David Italiano to set the score at 1-1 through 20 minutes.

The Ephs wasted little time in the second frame as Kitto netted his second goal just 1:18 into the stanza following a feed from Alex Gonye. The Jeffs battled back and found an equalizer when Patrick Arena '16 found the cage at the 9:34 mark with the help of Aaron Deutsch '15 and White who contributed assists on the play. Kitto notched his hat-trick goal shortly after at the 12:20 mark to give Williams a 3-2 edge after Colby Cretella and Gonye assisted on the goal.

Midway through the third period, the Purple & White once again knotted the game, this time through Brown who capitalized on assists from senior co-captain Jake Turrin and Brendan Burke '16 to set the score at 3-3 at the 10:25 mark. Three minutes later, the Ephs were awarded a power play opportunity and Johnson slotted in what proved to be the game-winner at the 13:24 mark to give Williams a 4-3 lead. Sam Gray and Tyler Young assisted on the extra-man goal.

Amherst had several chances to net the equalizer, including a pair of shots from Deutsch and one each from White and Turrin with less than a minute to play in the game, but Stephen Morrissey provided two saves to seal the victory.

Deutsch finished with four shots on goal to lead Amherst in the losing effort, while Thomas Lindstrom '18 fired three shots on target.

George Hunkele and Kitto led Williams with five shots on goal each, while Gray and Gonye added three each. The Ephs held a 32-to-23 advantage in shots.

Amherst returns to action on Friday, January 2 at the Cardinal Classic hosted by Plattsburgh State. The Jeffs will take on Utica at 4 p.m.