Men's Ice Hockey

RECORD: 11-9-5 ; NESCAC: 8-5-5; NR: ---- NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES: 4 NESCAC TITLES: 3 (2009, '12, '15)

Strong Start Gets Amherst Back in Win Column, Mammoths Down Bowdoin,4-2

Strong Start Gets Amherst Back in Win Column, Mammoths Down Bowdoin,4-2

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Mammoths recorded three unanswered scores to open the battle, including back-to-back tallies by Nick Bondra '21, as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team got back in the win column with a 4-2 victory over Bowdoin College Friday evening at Sidney J. Watson Arena. 

With the win, Amherst improves to 5-3-3 on the season and to 3-0-3 in league play, while Bowdoin falls to 4-7-0 overall (2-5-0 NESCAC). The Mammoths return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 6 when they travel to Colby for a 3 p.m. conference matchup.

Striking 3:55 into the opening period, senior captain Thomas Lindstrom put the visitors ahead 1-0 with his fifth score of the winter. Forcing a turnover at the offensive blueline, Patrick Daly '20 dished a pass to Lindstrom in the high slot who powered a slap shot into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Doubling the Mammoth advantage 3:15 later, Bondra found nylon following a blocked shot from P.J. Conlon '20. Picking up the loose puck in the middle of the ice, Bondra slid a wrist shot past Alex Zafonte, five-hole. 

Netting his second goal of the stanza with 6:56 remaining, Bondra extended Amherst's lead to 3-0 as he sniped a shot from the left dot over the glove of the Polar Bear keeper and into the top corner. Jack Fitzgerald '19 and Mark Esposito '20 were credited with the assists on the score.

Getting on the board with 3:08 on the clock, Matthew Lison gathered a dish from Bradley Ingersoll at the bottom of the left circle and roofed a shot into the nylon to set the score at 3-1.

Making it a 4-1 contest, Pieter von Steinbergs '21 tallied his first collegiate goal at the 11:15 mark to give Amherst a three-score cushion. Up a skater on the power play, von Steinbergs collected a pass from Joey Lupo '20 in the high slot before powering a wrist shot into the netting.

Adding a tally 7:40 into the third period, Michael Brown brough the Polar Bears within two on a solid individual effort play as he crashed the net and sent the puck over the goal line.

GAME NOTES

  • Connor Girard '18 (3-1-3) racked up 32 stops in between the pipes in the winning effort for the Mammoths, while Zafonte (3-4-0) made 19 saves in the loss.
  • Bowdoin owned a 34-23 advantage in shot differential.
  • Amherst finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Polar Bears finished 0-for-3 up a skater.