Men's Ice Hockey

RECORD: 4-1-3 ; NESCAC: 2-0-3; NR: -/- NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 4 NESCAC TITLES: 3 (2009, '12, '15)

Amherst and Wesleyan Battle to a 3-3 Overtime Draw in Thriller

Amherst and Wesleyan Battle to a 3-3 Overtime Draw in Thriller

AMHERST, Mass. – An exciting battle from start to finish that saw each side earn a penalty shot and the Mammoths own a 41-18 edge in shot differential ended in a draw, as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team and Little III rival Wesleyan fought to a 3-3 overtime tie Saturday evening at Orr Rink.

With the draw, Amherst moves to 2-1-2 on the season, while Wesleyan moves to 1-1-3 overall. Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 3 when they host Trinity College beginning at 3 p.m. 

First to strike, Thomas Lindstrom'18 gave Amherst a 1-0 edge with 6:46 on the clock in the opening period. Capitalizing on the power play, Lindstrom one-timed a dish from Patrick Daly '20 from just below the left dot into the top right corner of the goal. 

Evening the score at the 16:45 mark in the second, Jordan Jancze sniped a shot over the keepers' shoulder following a turnover in the right corner. Vincent Lima was credited with the helper on the play. 

Dylan Holze gave the Cardinals their first lead of the game 46 seconds into the final period of regulation. Down a skater, Holze and Tyler Wyatt made the most of a 2-v-1 opportunity, as a near perfect pass found Holze on the left post for a tap in score.

Finding nylon once again five minutes later, Walker Harris put Wesleyan ahead 3-1 on the power play. Blasting a one-timer from the top of the left circle, Harris beat the Amherst netminder short-side. 

Responding at the 6:24 mark, sophomore P.J. Conlon converted on a penalty shot opportunity to bring the Mammoths back within one, as he deked to his forehand and sent a shot into the netting. 

Patrick Mooney '19 tallied the game-tying score and what stood as the final goal of the matchup with 5:59 remaining in the third as he sent a quick snap shot from the point into the bottom left hand corner.

GAME NOTES

  • In goal, Connor Girard '18 (0-1-2) registered 15 stops for the Mammoths in the draw, while Tim Sestak (0-0-3) made 38 saves for Wesleyan.
  • Amherst owned a dominative 41-18 edge in shots in the contest.
  • Both sides converted once on the power play, with the Mammoths finishing 1-for-5 and Wesleyan going 1-for-8.