COLCHESTER, Vt. – Up 2-1 heading into the third period, the Purple & White exploded for three unanswered goals as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team posted a 5-1 win over non-conference opponent Saint Michael's Tuesday evening at Cairns Ice Arena.
With the win, Amherst improves to 1-0-1 on the season, while Saint Michael's falls to 2-7-0. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 26 when they travel to Utica for a 7 p.m. non-conference tilt.
Up a skater, the Purple & White claimed a 1-0 edge 14:22 into the first period. Gathering the puck at the point, Phil Johansson '19 ripped a shot on net to begin the scoring play. Purple Knight goalkeeper Chris Johnson was up to the task and turned away the shot, but Patrick Daly '20 found and buried the rebound before Johnson could recover following the initial save.
Saint Michael's responded four minutes later as Nic Hermary dished a pass to Justin McKenzie on the back post. Quickly redirecting the pass, Hermary beat the Amherst netminder top shelf to record his second goal of the season and knot the game at 1-1.
Following intermission, it took just 49 second for Amherst to notch what proved to be the game-winner. Controlling the rebound after an attempt by Noah Gilreath '20, Thomas Lindstrom '18 skated behind the goal and sent a hard shot into the netting to give the Purple & White a 2-1 lead.
The next 25 minutes of play featured back-and-forth action, with neither side able to take control of the game despite 16 shots being taken between the teams in the second period.
Breaking through 6:58 into the third period, Jack Fitzgerald '19 made it a 3-1 contest, before Lindstrom found nylon to record his second goal of the game under a minute later at the 7:53 mark to give Amherst a 4-1 lead.
Down a player with 4:23 remaining in the matchup, Daly logged his second score of the game and third in the past two games, as he corralled a leading pass by John Festa '19 behind the Purple Knights' defense to earn a breakaway. Deking to his backhand, Daly powered a shot past Johnson to help Amherst secure the 5-1 victory.
- First-year Giancarlo Ventre (1-0-0) earned his first collegiate victory in the 5-1 win, registering 23 saves in between the pipes for Amherst, while Chris Johnson (L, 2-7-0) made 27 stops for the Purple Knights in the loss.
- The Purple & White finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while Saint Michael's went 0-for-6 up a skater.
- Amherst owned a 32-24 edge in shot differential in the matchup.
- Lindstrom led all skaters with eight shots, while Daly took six shots for the Purple & White.
- Danny Divis led the Purple Knight offense with four shots, while Eric Salzillo and Josh Dickman took three shots each.