AMHERST, Mass. – The Purple & White found the back of the net once in all three periods as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team downed New England College, 3-1 Monday evening at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-3-1 on the season, while New England College falls to 8-4-0 overall. Amherst returns to action Friday, Jan. 6 when they welcome Bowdoin College to Orr Rink for a 7 p.m. conference tilt.
Threatening early, the Pilgrims nearly took a 1-0 edge 1:49 into the opening period, with Adam Zollner ripping a hard shot on target. Collecting a pass on the back left side of the goal, Zollner one-timed a shot on goal, but Adam Ellison '17 recorded the sliding stop.
Amherst regained momentum 10 seconds later, with Thomas Lindstrom '18 tallying his fifth goal of the season to give Amherst a 1-0 lead. Down a skater following a hooking penalty against the Purple & White, Lindstrom intercepted a pass and gained inside positioning on a defender before deking to the right and sliding a shot past the pad of Brett Kilar.
New England College evened the score at 1-1 at the 9:09 mark as Mike Whitehair corralled a dish from Andreas Zollner in the high slot. Rifling a low wrist shot on goal, Whitehair sent the puck through the legs of the Amherst netminder.
Netting his first goal of the year, senior captain Chris Roll gave Amherst a 2-1 edge with 4:21 remaining in the second stanza. Taking advantage of a power play opportunity, Roll found space in the high slot and powered a wrist shot top shelf blocker side.
Carlos Fornaris made a bid to tie the game at two with time winding down in the second, gathering a cross ice pass to the right of the net and putting an attempt on frame with 44 seconds remaining, but Ellison recorded the glove save.
Racing down the ice with 8:59 to play in the third period, Zollner and Whitehair earned a solid opportunity, however Phil Johansson '19 played the 2-v-1 perfectly and picked off Zollner's pass attempt.
Amherst scored a final insurance goal with 5:21 on the clock, with Lindstrom sending a shot from near the right dot into the nylon short side.
- Ellison (2-0-0) recorded 16 stops in goal for Amherst in the win, while Brett Kilar (7-4-0) made 27 saves for the Pilgrims in the losing effort.
- Amherst finished 1-for-3 up a skater, while NEC finished 0-for-3 on the power play.
- The Purple & White owned a 30-17 edge in shot differential, including a 17-5 advantage in the third period.