AMHERST, Mass. – Giancarlo Ventre '20 tallied 36 saves in net and the Mammoths owned a 1-0 lead for nearly 20 minutes of play, however a Luke Rogers score midway through overtime stood as the game-winner as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team fell to Endicott College, 2-1 in OT Sunday evening at Orr Rink.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 4-2-3 overall, while Endicott improves to 13-1-0 on the season. Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 2 when they travel to non-conference foe New England College to kick off a nine-game road trip in the month of January. Puck is set to drop at 7 p.m.
Giving the Mammoths a 1-0 edge early in the second period, Jack Fitzgerald '19 notched his first score of the winter at the 5:05 mark following a clean faceoff victory on the right side by Max Roche '19. Snapping a shot from the top of the circle, Stanley Brenner '19 attempt was turned away, however Fitzgerald beat his defender and one-touched the rebound over the pad of the keeper and into the nylon.
Jack Kilty took advantage of a breakaway opportunity 3:36 into the third stanza to even the contest at 1-1 with 16:24 remaining in regulation. Gathering the loose puck just outside the zone, Kilty snuck past the defense on the left side and roofed a shot over the blocker of Ventre, short side.
Both sides had solid scoring chances in the opening minute of overtime, but it was Rogers who broke through with 2:09 on the clock. Positioned on the left post, Rogers corralled John Carricato's rebound and slid a shot past the keepers' outstretched pad to lift the Gulls to the 2-1 overtime victory.
- Ventre (1-1-0) made 36 stops in goal for the Mammoths in the losing effort, while Mark Specia (7-1-0) registered 28 saves for the Gulls in the win.
- Endicott owned a 38-29 advantage in shot differential in the matchup.
- Neither team was able to convert on the power play, with Amherst finishing 0-for-6 and Endicott going 0-for-7.