AMHERST, Mass. – Highlighted by scores in the opening minutes of all three periods, 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 Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst secures the season regular sweep of the Polar Bears and improves to 8-7-4 on the season and to 5-4-4 in league play, while Bowdoin falls to 7-12-0 overall (4-9-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 3 when they host Colby College in conference action beginning at 3 p.m.
Striking 3:27 into the contest, Patrick Daly '20 tallied his seventh goal of the winter to give the Mammoths a 1-0 edge. Curling around the net and firing a shot on frame, Daly was met with a kick save, however the sophomore quickly gathered his own rebound and roofed a shot over the glove of the Polar Bear keeper.
Doubling Amherst's advantage with 18:31 on the clock in the second period, Jack Fitzgerald '19 put the home team ahead, 2-0 following a skillful dish from Max Roche '20. Racing to the loose puck after a shot was sent wide of the net, Roche delivered a no-look backhanded pass to Fitzgerald in the slot who powered a wrister into the open net.
Battling back into the tilt, Bowdoin notched two scores in a five-minute span to set the score at 2-2. Capitalizing on a scrum in front of the net, Daniel McMullan powered a shot from the right point through traffic, off the Amherst goaltenders' shoulder and over the goal line at the 10:29 mark.
Thomas Dunleavy deadlocked the sides with 5:26 on the clock following a Mammoth tripping penalty, one-timing Cody Todesco's rebound from the high slot over the pad of keeper and into the netting.
Restoring the Amherst lead with time winding down in the stanza, Daly logged his second score of the game with 48.2 seconds remaining. Up a skater after a too many players on the ice call, Daly canceled out an athletic save by Erik Wurman on an attempt by David White '18 as he crashed the net and buried the rebound on the left post.
For the third time in as many periods, the Mammoths once again saw success in the opening five minutes after intermission. Corralling the puck at the right point, Pieter von Steinbergs drove a slap shot into the bottom left corner to extend the Amherst lead to 4-2 with 18:56 remaining in regulation and clinch the victory.
- In between the pipes, Connor Girard '18 (5-4-4) registered 33 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Erik Wurman (2-3-0) made 42 stops for Bowdoin in the loss.
- Amherst owned a 46-35 edge in shot differential, including a 21-9 advantage in the third period.
- The Mammoths finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while Bowdoin went 1-for-5 up a skater.