MALDEN, Mass. – Sophomore Will Vosejpka tallied two goals and added a helper as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team got back in the winning column with a 4-2 victory over conference rival Tufts University Saturday evening at Malden Forum.
Amherst (4-5-4, 3-2-3 NESCAC)
Tufts (5-5-3, 1-4-2 NESCAC)
- Tufts drew first blood, with Nick Flanagan capitalizing on a power play opportunity midway through the opening period. Chad Goldberg and Brian Brown were credited with the assist on the scoring play.
- Sophomore Patrick Mooney evened the score at 1-1 with 4:47 to play in the first stanza. After working the puck around in the offensive zone, Theo Hannah '16 was able to find an open Mooney on the left point who ripped a shot past the Jumbo net minder.
- Vosejpka would give the Purple & White its first lead of the game with 1:44 remaining, redirecting a shot from Austin Ho '17 into the netting.
- In a momentum building play, Patrick Arena '16 gave Amherst a two-goal cushion just 2:47 into the second period. Corralling a pass from David White '18, Vosejpka dished the puck to Arena who riffled a shot past Nik Nugnes from point blank range.
- Patrick Lackey brought the Jumbos within one score 11:05 into the second period, sending a shot through traffic into the goal.
- Down a man on the penalty kill, Vosejpka delivered the final blow of the contest with just over five minutes to play, beating a defender and sending a shot into the top left corner of the net to give Amherst a 4-2 lead.
- Amherst and Tufts played a scoreless third stanza with the Jumbos holding a slight 7-4 advantage in shots.
- Amherst held a 31-21 shot advantage in the matchup, including a 16-4 edge during the first 20 minutes of play. Vosejpka took a team high six shots, while Nick Flanagan put four shots on frame for Tufts.
- Dave Cunningham '16 (3-2-4) recorded 19 saves in the winning effort, while Nik Nugnes (2-2-2) made 27 saves in between the pipes for the Jumbos.
- Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 17, when they travel to New London, Conn. to take on Connecticut College at 3 p.m.
- The Jumbos play Hamilton at home on Jan. 17 at 4 p.m.