AMHERST, Mass. – A third period surge that featured three goals in the final 4:02 of play directed the Mammoths to victory as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team powered past St. Michael's, 4-1 Tuesday afternoon at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 1-0-1 on the young season, while Saint Michael's falls to 3-2-1 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 25 when they travel to Binghamton, N.Y. for a non-conference matchup against Nichols at 12:15 p.m. in the Red Devils Holiday Tournament.
First on the board, the Purple Knights took a 1-0 lead 10:49 into the tilt. Skating around the zone, Andrew Olevitz ripped a shot towards net from the point that was tipped by Paul McAuliffe past the Amherst keeper.
The Mammoths evened the score at the 9:35 mark in the second stanza, with Amherst capitalizing on a 2-on-1. Racing into the zone, David White '18 dished a pass to Patrick Daly '20 who powered the puck over the goalies glove and into the nylon.
Giving Amherst their first lead with 4:02 to play in regulation, Joey Lupo '20 netted what stood as the game-winner on a dish from Thomas Lindstrom '18. Corralling the loose puck in the left corner, Lindstrom found Lupo at the left face off dot who slapped a one-timer into the bottom corner.
Up a skater, Phil Johansson '19 extended the Mammoth lead to 3-1 with 2:04 on the clock, blasting a one-timer from the top of the right circle into the netting, before Lupo capped off the victory with his second goal of the matchup – catching the Purple Knights trying to pull their goalkeeper and sending a shot from the red line over the goal line.
- Michael Cullen '21 (1-0-0) registered 15 saves to earn his first collegiate victory in between the pipes for Amherst, while Chris Johnson (0-1-2) made 36 stops for the Purple Knights in the losing effort.
- The Mammoths owned a dominant 40-16 advantage in shot differential, while Amherst finished 1-for-5 on the power play and the Purple Knights went 0-for-4.
- Will Vosejpka '18 and Daly each took a contest-leading five shots, while Lindstrom and Johansson took four shots apiece.