AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths impressed on special teams, registering two power play scores and a short-handed tally to battle back from an early 1-0 deficit, as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team downed Tufts University, 3-1 Saturday evening at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 10-7-4 on the season and to 7-4-4 in league action, while Tufts falls to 4-13-4 overall (3-9-3 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 11 when they host Connecticut College in their final home game of the regular season beginning at 3 p.m.
Connor Girard '18 '18 stood strong in net in the opening minutes for the Mammoths, turning away an uncontested shot by Edward Hannon at the 18:40 mark after the forward picked up the loose puck in the high slot and stonewalling Tyler Scroggins's attempt on a breakaway with 11:20 on the clock.
Taking the lead with 3:06 to play in the opening period, Hannon netted his second score of the winter to give the Jumbos a 1-0 edge. Batting down an Amherst attempt to dump in the puck at his own blue line, Hannon gathered the puck, raced down the right side and drove a wrister from the right dot top shelf, short-side.
Responding 7:04 into the second stanza, Joey Lupo '20 deadlocked the contest at 1-1 following a unusual bounce off the boards on a dump in that saw the puck deflect out of the corner and directly to Lupo in the slot for a tap-in score while on the penalty kill.
Securing their first lead of the matchup with 5:48 on the clock, Patrick Daly '20 tallied his team-leading ninth goal of the season to put the home team ahead, 2-1. Capitalizing on a power play opportunity following a Tufts too many players on the ice call, Daly powered David White's '18 rebound that deflected off the keepers shoulder over the goal line.
Recording the Mammoths second power play goal of the tilt two minutes into the third period, Thomas Lindstrom '18 extended the Amherst lead to 3-1. Setting up in front of the net, Lindstrom beat his defender to Phil Johansson's '19 rebound and sent a one-touch shot past the Jumbos keeper.
Charley Borek looked to bring Tufts with one with five minutes remaining in regulation as he gathered a dish from Brian Brown behind the defense and sprinted towards frame on a breakaway, however Girard came up with the clutch stop as Borek toe-dragged to his backhand.
- In between the pipes, Girard (7-4-4) racked up 27 saves in the winning effort for Amherst, while Nik Nugnes (3-9-3) made 28 stops in the loss for Tufts.
- The Mammoths owned a slight 31-28 edge in shot differential in the matchup.
- Amherst excelled on special teams, finishing 2-for-4 on the power play and netting a short-handed score, while the Jumbos went 0-for-4 up a skater.