BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Registering three unanswered goals to open the contest, the Amherst College men's ice hockey team upended non-conference foe Nichols College, 3-2 Saturday afternoon in game one of the Binghamton Devils Tournament.
With the win, Amherst improves to 2-0-1 on the season, while Nichols falls to 4-3-2 overall. Amherst returns to action, tomorrow, Sunday Nov. 26 when they battle SUNY Cortland at 3:15 p.m.
The Mammoths jumped out to a 1-0 lead with 3:38 on the clock in the opening period behind a tally by A.J. Klein '20. Posting his first score of the year, Klein gave Amherst a one goal lead, while Thomas Lindstrom '18 and Nick Bondra '21 were credited with the helpers.
Controlling momentum in the second stanza, Amherst netted two unanswered scores in the first 10 minutes of action to extend their lead to 3-0. Stanley Brenner '19 got the scoring started at the 3:10 mark on a dishes from Greg Krisberg '2 and John Festa '19, while Patrick Daly '20 posted what stood as the game winner six minutes later, beating the Bison netminder on a feed from Krisberg .
Nichols responded with 3:40 remaining in the period, as Scott Cuthrell found the back of the net at the 16:20 mark. David Chevrier and Ian Spencer logged the assists on the play.
Filip Virgili brought the Bison within one early in the third period, finding nylon at the 3:48 mark, however the Mammoths were able to hold off Nichols in the final 16 minutes to clinch the 3-2 victory.
- Giancarlo Ventre '20 (1-0-0) registered 25 saves in between the pipes for Amherst in the winning effort. Colin Brennan (4-3-2) made 10 stops in 29:17 to earn the loss for Nichols, while Henry Burns recorded 15 saves in the final 29:13 in relief.
- The Mammoths owned a slight 28-27 edge in shot differential.
- Neither side was able to find the back of the net on the power play as Amherst finished 0-for-4 and the Bison went 0-for-5 up a skater.