Men's Ice Hockey

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

Mammoths Play No. 4 Trinity to 3-3 Draw (OT) Behind Two Power Play Scores

Mammoths Play No. 4 Trinity to 3-3 Draw (OT) Behind Two Power Play Scores

AMHERST, Mass. – Connor Girard '18 racked up 39 stops, including 22 in the opening period, and the Mammoths potted two power play scores as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team play No. 4 Trinity College to a 3-3 overtime tie Sunday evening at Orr Rink.

With the draw, Amherst moves to 2-1-3 on the year (0-0-3 NESCAC), while Trinity moves to 6-0-1 overall (3-0-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Friday, Dec. 8 when they host archrival Williams at Orr Rink. Puck is set to drop at 7:30 p.m. 

Girard stood strong in net for the Mammoths at the 13:52 mark with the Bantams on the power play, turning away a blast from the point from Liam Feeney before reaching behind and snatching Tyler Whitney's attempt on the rebound on the right post.

Striking with 3:53 remaining in the first period, Amherst took advantage of the Bantams' first penalty of the contest to take a 1-0 lead. Winning a faceoff at the right dot, the Mammoths quickly found the back of the net as Pieter von Steinbergs '21 dished a pass to Phil Johansson '19 who powered a wrist shot that was tipped by David White '18 over the glove of Alex Morin. 

Keeping the Trinity deficit at one, Morin came up big for the Bantams with 4:25 on the clock in the second period. Turning away back-to-back shots on an Amherst odd-man rush, Morin got his blocker on a point blank shot from the slot by P.J. Conlon '20 before getting his pad on Joey Lupo '20 attempt on the rebound.

Thomas Lindstrom doubled the Amherst lead to 2-0 with 9.7 seconds before intermission during 4-v-4 play, one-timing a pass from David White '18 on the right post into the nylon.

Extending their lead to 3-0 16 seconds into the final period, Johansson netted his second score of the game. Up a skater, the Mammoths won the faceoff on the left side back to Johansson who sniped a snap shot over the pad of the keeper. 

Trinity responded 1:22 later, with Anthony Sabitsky recording his fourth goal of the season to set the score at 3-1. Capitalizing on a power play, Sabitsky set up at the top of the point and drilled a dish from Liam Feeney into the bottom right corner.

Bringing their deficit to one-goal at the 9:48 mark, Charlie Zuccarini set up in the low slot and redirected a shot from Barclay Gammill just inside the right post to make it 3-2 in favor of the Mammoths.

With 1:27 remaining Trinity pulled their keeper and Sabitsky nearly evened the battle with 29 seconds on the clock, as he sent a shot following a scrum in front of the net off the post. 

Gammill played hero for the Bantams, netting the game-tying score with 8.9 seconds to play in regulation, as he sniped a dish from Feeney into the top left corner to force the 3-3 overtime draw between the sides.

GAME NOTES

  • Girard (0-1-3) made 39 stops in between the pipes for the Mammoths in the tie, while Morin (4-0-1) recorded 22 saves for Trinity.
  • The Bantams owned a 42-30 advantage in shot differential in the matchup and finished 1-for-8 on the power play, while Amherst went 2-for-6 up a skater.