WATERVILLE, Maine – The Purple & White tied the game with 13.2 seconds on the clock in the first period, but they were unable to respond to a three goal third stanza by the Mules as the No. 13/13 Amherst College men's ice hockey team fell to Colby College, 5-2 Saturday afternoon at Alfond Rink.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 11-5-3 overall and to 6-5-3 in league play, while Colby improves to 10-5-4 on the season (8-3-3 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Friday, Feb. 10 when they travel to Tufts University for a 7 p.m. conference battle.
Thomas Stahlhuth opened scoring 3:08 into the matchup to give the Mules a 1-0 lead. Racing into the offensive zone on a 1-on-2, Stahlhuth's shot from the top of the left circle took a friendly bounce, deflecting off the skate of an Amherst defender and over the goal line.
Responding 11 minutes later, Will Vosejpka '18 tallied his sixth goal of the season to even the score at 1-1 with 5:58 to play. Colby netminder Andrew Tucci stood strong in between the pipes, making back-to-back saves after a faceoff, but Vosejpka crashed the net and buried the Purple & White's third attempt into the bottom corner of the goal.
Converting on the power play with 1:17 on the clock, Colby regained a one-goal edge behind EJ Rauseo's fifth tally of the winter. Dishing a pass towards the right post, Cam MacDonald connected with Rauseo who one-timed a shot into the netting.
With time winding down, Amherst returned the favor, notching a power play goal with 13.2 seconds remaining in the period to set the score at 2-2. Blasting a slap shot on target from the point, Noah Gilreath's '20 attempt was turned away by Tucci, hitting the goalkeeper high in the chest. Positioned in the slot, David White' 18 took advantage of the opportunity, skillfully batting the puck out of mid-air and into the nylon.
Colby rattled off three goals in a three-minute span midway through the third period to secure the 5-2 win.
Michael Rudolf netted what proved to be the game-winner 9:52 into the third, dropping down from the point and ripping a snap shot over the glove of the Amherst goalkeeper to make it a 3-2 contest.
Holding momentum, J.P. Schuhlen and Cam MacDonald found the back of the net at the 11:24 and 12:38 marks, respectively, to lift the Mules past the Purple & White, 5-2.
- In goal, Connor Girard '18 (6-5-3) made 27 stops for the Purple & White in the losing effort, while Tucci (7-3-3) recorded 29 saves for Colby in the win.
- Despite outshooting the Mules 13-7 in the first period, Colby owned a slight 32-21 edge in shot differential in the matchup.
- Both sides saw success on the power play, with Amherst finishing 1-for-6 up a skater and Colby going 2-for-8.