NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Mammoths made a hard-fought bid to battle back from an 3-0 deficit, but a two-goal third period play was not enough as Connecticut College was able to hold on to earn a 3-2 victory over the visiting Amherst College men's ice hockey tram Sunday afternoon at Dayton Arena.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 5-6-3 on the season and to 3-3-3 in league play, while Connecticut College improves to 5-8-0 overall (5-3-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 20 when they travel to Hamilton for a 7 p.m. tilt.
Paul Capozzi gave the Camels an early 1-0 lead, racing down the right side and ripping a shot, five-hole into the netting from point-blank range. Ryan Petti and Brett Stirling were credited with the assists on the play.
Doubling Connecticut College's lead at the 3:21 mark in the second period, Kyle Moss made it a 2-0 contest as he wrapped around the goal and snuck a shot just inside the near right post.
The Camels extended their advantage to 3-0 with 12 seconds remaining before intermission as Kevin Doyle redirected a centering pass over the goal line with time winding down.
Mounting a comeback effort, Jack Fitzgerald '19 got the Mammoths on the board at the 8:11 mark in the third stanza while on the power play. Positioned on the left dot on the far side, Fitzgerald one-timed a dish from Joey Lupo '20 into the nylon.
Down a skater, Lupo brought Amherst within a score behind a short-handed tally with 3:16 on the clock in regulation. Earning an odd-man rush, Lupo collected a pass from Max Roche '19 in the slot, deked to his backhand and roofed a shot over the glove of the Camel keeper.
Pulling their goalie and upping their pressure in the offensive end, the Mammoths took seven shots in the closing minutes to try to notch the game-tying score, however the Camels were just able to hold on as they clinched the 3-2 victory.
- Connor Girard '18 (3-3-3) made 20 saves in the losing effort in between the pipes for the Mammoths, while Connor Rodericks (5-3-0) racked up 33 stops for Connecticut College in the win.
- Amherst owned a 35-23 advantage in shot differential, including a commanding 13-2 edge in the third period.
- The Mammoths finished 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Camels went 0-for-5 up a skater.