WATERVILLE, Maine – A Mammoth score four minutes into the battle was not enough to earn the win as the Mules tallied four unanswered goals in the third period to down the Amherst College men's ice hockey team, 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Alfond Rink.
With the loss, Amherst moves to 5-4-3 on the season and to 3-1-3 in league play, while Colby improves to 7-4-0 overall (6-2-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 13 when they travel to Tufts for a 7 p.m. conference bout.
Tallying his first score of the season, senior captain Tyler Granara gave the Mammoths an early 1-0 lead four minutes into the contest as he ripped a quick snap shot from the right hash inside the near post. P.J. Conlon '20 and Nick Bondra '21 were credited with the helpers on the play.
Upping the pressure in their offensive zone midway through the second stanza, Colby made a bid to even the score as they put three consecutive shots on target, however Connor Girard '18 stood strong in between the pipes to preserve the one-goal advantage.
On the power play to open the third period, Justin Grillo found nylon 26 seconds into the stanza to deadlock the score at 1-1. One-timing a dish from Spencer Hewson in the high slot, Grillo beat the Amherst netminder top corner.
Earning their first lead six minutes later, Michael Decker made it 2-1 in favor of the Mules as he powered a shot from the right point into the bottom corner of the goal, far side.
Registering their third unanswered score with 4:16 remaining, Mario Benicky gave Colby a two goal cushion to move the score to 3-1. Converting on an odd-man rush, Benicky redirected John Rourke's pass over the goal line.
Kienan Scott notched the final dagger for the Mules, logging an empty net goal at the 18:22 mark to lift Colby to the 4-1 victory.
- In goal, Girard (3-2-3) made 23 stops for the Mammoths in the losing effort, while Sean Lawrence (7-2-0) racked up an impressive 40 stops in the win.
- Amherst owned a dominative 41-27 advantage in shot differential, including a 17-8 edge in the final period.
- The Mammoths finished 0-for-2 up a skater, while Colby went 1-for-5.