AMHERST, Mass. – The Purple & White netted two goals in a three-minute span in the second period to take a 2-0 lead, however they were unable to stave off a Cardinal comeback as the No. 12/12 Amherst College men's ice hockey team battled Little III rival Wesleyan University to a 2-2 overtime tie Friday evening at Orr Rink.
With the draw, Amherst moves to 11-3-2 on the season and to 6-3-2 in league play, while Wesleyan moves to 10-4-3 overall (5-3-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 28 when they host No. 14/15 Trinity College beginning at 3 p.m.
Despite the Purple & White owning a 9-2 edge in shots on frame, neither team was able to find the back of the goal in a scoreless first period.
Wasting little time following intermission, senior captain Austin Ho made it a 1-0 contest in favor of Amherst 1:46 into the second stanza. Corralling the puck to the right of the goal after a shot from the point, Ho sent a backhander into the nylon. Joey Lupo '20 was credited with the assist on the play.
Doubling the Purple & White's lead to 2-0 just over two minutes later, Thomas Lindstrom '18 tallied his team-leading 11th goal of the season at the 3:58 mark. Patrick Daly '20 set up the scoring play, powering a low hard wrist shot on target that was turned away before Lindstrom punched the rebound over the goal line.
Undeterred, the Cardinals cut their deficit to 2-1 with 13:27 to play in the period, with Walker Harris netting his sixth goal of the year. Controlling the puck in the offensive zone following an Amherst high sticking penalty, Chad Malinowski dished a cross-ice pass to Harris on the left dot who one-timed a shot past the sliding Amherst netminder.
Wesleyan nearly evened the score at the 13:03 mark, as Marty Rubin sent a quick snap shot on frame from the right point, but his attempt rang off the crossbar.
Notching his second power play goal of the matchup, Harris deadlocked the score at 2-2 30 seconds into the third period. In a near identical play, Harris set up to the left of the goal and one-timed a pass from James Kline over the pad of Connor Girard '18.
The Purple & White and the Cardinals traded scoring opportunity over the next 10 minutes of action, with Dawson Sprigings coming up with a big blocker save at the 5:32 mark and Girard stonewalling an attempt on a 4-v-3 power play with 13:06 on the clock.
The final bid to secure the win in regulation came from Wesleyan with 2:47 remaining in the period. Racing towards the Purple & White's goal on an odd-man rush, Luke Babcock ripped a point blank shot from the slot towards on net, but Girard came up with the clutch stop.
Both teams recorded solid scoring opportunities in the extra session, but neither side was able to capture the victory as the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
- In between the pipes, Girard (6-3-2) registered 29 stops for Amherst, while Sprigings (6-3-3) made 24 saves for the Cardinals.
- Wesleyan owned a 31-26 edge in shot differential in the matchup.
- Tallying their two scores up a skater, the Cardinals finished 2-for-4 on the power play, while Amherst went 0-for-4.