MALDEN, Mass. – The Mammoths outshot the Jumbos 33-23 but were unable to counter scores by the home team in all three periods as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team fell to Tufts, 4-0 Saturday evening at the Malden Forum.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 5-5-3 on the season and to 3-2-3 in league play, while Tufts improves to 2-9-2 overall (1-5-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 14 when they travel to Connecticut College for a 3 p.m. matchup.
Converting on the power play, Brian Brown gave the Jumbos a 1-0 lead with 45 seconds remaining in the first period as he cut back on a defender in the high slot and powered a wrist shot into the bottom left corner.
Doubling Tufts' advantage 2:03 into the second stanza, Charley Borek capitalized on a rebound opportunity as he quickly stickhandled to his backhand before sneaking a shot through the legs of the Mammoth keeper.
Extending the lead, Tyler Scroggins found nylon at the 15:17 mark to give the Jumbos a 3-0 cushion. Racing into the zone on a 2-on-1, Scroggins gathered a dish from Andrew Hadley in the middle of the ice and ripped a wrist shot into the netting.
Anthony Farinacci tallied the final dagger for Tufts, moving the score to 4-0 at the 12:32 mark in the third. Corralling the loose puck at the point, Farinacci sent a hard wrist shot off the keeper and over the goal line.
- In between the pipes, Giancarlo Ventre '20 (1-2-0) registered 19 saves for the Mammoths in the losing effort, while Nik Nugnes (1-5-1) made 33 stops for Tufts in the shut out win.
- Amherst owned 33-23 advantage in shot differential, including a 12-5 edge in the first period.
- The Mammoths finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Jumbos went 1-for-2 up a skater.