AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 8/10 Amherst College men's ice hockey team took advantage of two power play opportunities, and scored three goals in the third period en route to an impressive 4-2 win over the defending national champions and No. 3/4 Trinity College Sunday afternoon in Orr Rink.
Amherst (3-1-2, 2-0-1 NESCAC)
Trinity (4-2-0, 3-1-0 NESCAC)
- It didn't take long for Trinity to get on the board as Sean Orlando skated down the left side of the ice, wrapped around the goal, and snuck the puck behind Dave Cunningham '16 to give the Bantams a 1-0 lead just 1:18 into the game.
- Trinity's lead was short-lived, however, as Amherst knotted the contest at 1-1 just minutes later. With the Bantams down a man, and only one second remaining on the power play, Max Roche '19 found Stanley Brenner '19 who sent a slapshot to the back of the net at the 7:15 mark.
- Amherst had a strong scoring chance within the opening seconds of the second period as Conor Brown '16 got by Trinity defenders for a one-on-one opportunity with Bantam goalie Nathan Heilbron, but Heilbron made the save to keep the game knotted at 1-1.
- The best scoring chance in the second stanza, by either team, came from Amherst with roughly three minutes remaining. A slapshot by Phil Johansson '19 was saved by Heilbron as the rebound deflected off his pads to David White '18. White's attempt, however, was blocked by the outstretched legs of Heilbron.
- Amherst took its first lead of the game after 7:38 of action in the third period. Topher Flanagan '16 handled the puck behind the left side of the net, and found a streaking White in front of the goal as the sophomore connected on a one-timer.
- Trinity responded just 50 seconds later and tied the game at 2-2. Elie Vered's shot deflected off Cunningham's pads right to Ethan Holdaway in front of the net as he capitalized on his opportunity.
- With just over five minutes remaining in regulation, Amherst netted what would prove to be the game-winner, just seven seconds into a power play. Theo Hannah '16 fired a shot at net, and Brown was there to clean up the rebound.
- Trinity pulled the goalie and applied heavy offensive pressure in the closing minute and a half, but Flanagan sealed the victory with an empty net score as Amherst won, 4-2.
- Despite the loss, Trinity held the advantage in shots on goal and led, 36-30.
- Cunningham played all 60 minutes in goal and recorded 34 saves. Heilbron played 59:26 in net and allowed three goals while stopping 26 shots.
- Amherst is back in action Friday, Dec. 11 and will host Little Three rival Williams. The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m.
- Trinity returns to the rink Friday as well and will host non-conference foe Hobart at 7:30 p.m.