AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 5/9 Amherst College men's ice hockey team used a goal and assist by both David White '18 and Thomas Lindstrom '18 to help lift the Purple & White to a 3-1 victory over Hamilton College in Friday evening's season and NESCAC opener at Orr Rink.
- Hamilton (0-1-0, 0-1-0 NESCAC)
- Amherst (1-0-0, 1-0-0 NESCAC)
- A scoreless first period saw Amherst edge Hamilton in shots on goal, 10-7.
- The Purple & White drew first blood early in the second period when Lindstrom poked the puck away from a Continentals' forward near center ice, and then dished a beautiful pass ahead to White who scorched the top right corner of the cage to give Amherst a 1-0 lead just 1:44 into the stanza. The short-handed goal was White's first of the season, and Tyler Granara '18 earned an assist on the play.
- The sides continued to play close, as Amherst held a slim, 10-8 edge in shots on target in the second period.
- In the third frame, Will Vosejpka gave the Purple & White a two-goal cushion as he beat goaltender Evan Buitenhuis after a jumble in front of the net for his first marker of the season. Topher Flanagan '16, and Stanley Brenner '19 picked up the helpers on the scoring play in the sixth minute of action.
- Hamilton responded just two minutes later as Robbie Murden won a faceoff and sent the puck to Conor Lamberti who laced a shot from just inside the blue line to pull the Continentals to within one at the 7:41 mark.
- The Purple & White regained their two goal advantage with 4:39 left in the contest as White fired a shot that Buitenhuis saved, but the rebound fell right to Lindstrom who settled the puck and ripped it into the net to set the final score at 3-1.
- Amherst held a 34-27 lead in shots on goal for the contest, led by Lindstrom who recorded seven shots on target. White and Conor Brown '16 each had four shots on goal in the winning effort.
- Senior goalie Dave Cunningham made 26 saves between the pipes, while Buitenhuis posted 31 stops in the loss for Hamilton. Cunningham made 11 of his 26 saves in the third period, while Buitenhuis collected 12 saves in the final 20 minutes.
- Murden, Neil Conway, Tyler Bruneteau and Jon Stickel registered three shots on goal each to lead visitors.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- For the third time in as many games, Amherst has defeated Hamilton by a score of 3-1.
- Amherst returns to action Tuesday, November 24 when it hosts St. Michael's in non-conference play at 4 p.m. at Orr Rink.
- Hamilton returns to the ice Saturday, November 21 when it hosts Franklin Pierce in non-league play at 7 p.m.