HENNIKER, N.H. – The Mammoths registered 14 more shots than the Pilgrims but were unable to find the back of the net following the first stanza as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team fell to New England College, 4-1 Tuesday evening at Lee Clement Ice Arena.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 4-3-3 on the season, while New England College improves to 7-4-1overall. Amherst returns to action on Friday, Jan. 5 when they travel to Bowdoin College for a 7 p.m. conference tilt.
Striking midway through the opening period, Bryan McFarlane found nylon on a dish from Keenan Haase at the 10:13 mark to give the Pilgrims an early 1-0 edge.
Responding six minutes later, Max Roche '19 tallied his first score of the winter with 3:50 on the clock to deadlock the contest at 1-1 heading into intermission. In a stellar individual effort off the forecheck, Roche forced a turnover at the bottom of the left circle, cut across the slot and slid a backhander under the pad of the diving NEC keeper.
Capitalizing on a 2-on-1 opportunity, New England College regained a one-goal lead 7:42 into the second stanza as Joe Osaka corralled a pass from Adam Zollner on the right side and snapped a quick shot through the five hole.
Two scores by the Pilgrims in the final 20 minutes of action capped off the 4-1 win for the home team, with Andreas Zollner sniping a shot into the top left corner at the 9:32 mark and Bryce Nielsen recording the final dagger with 5:35 remaining.
- Michael Cullen '21 (1-1-0) made 19 stops for Amherst in the losing effort in goal, while Kyle Shapiro (5-4-1) racked up 36 saves for the Pilgrims.
- The Mammoths owned a dominative 37-23 advantage in shot differential, including a 19-8 edge in the final period, while both sides finished 0-for-2 on the power play.