AMHERST, Mass. – The Mammoths impressed across all three periods as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team avenged an early season loss to the Camels with a 4-1 victory over Connecticut College Sunday afternoon at Orr Rink on Senior Day.
With the win, Amherst and improves to 11-7-4 on the season and to 8-4-4 in league action, while Conn. College falls to 9-10-3 overall (8-5-3 NESCAC). The Mammoths return to the ice on Saturday, Feb. 17 when they travel to archrival Williams for a 3 p.m. matchup.
Jumping out to a 1-0 lead, Jack Fitzgerald '19 netted his seventh score of the season to give the Mammoths a one-goal edge 1:21 into the contest. Racing into the offensive end on a 3-v-2, Fitzgerald gathered a dish from Joey Lupo '20 on the right side and blasted a wrister from the top of the circle off the Camel keepers' shoulder and over the goal line.
The Camels responded with 11:34 on the clock in the opening period, as Bryan Ackil roofed Jeff Thompson's rebound into the top right corner to capitalize on a set faceoff play.
Senior captain Thomas Lindstrom gave Amherst a 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission as he found nylon at the 2:00 mark. Stopping short behind the net, Patrick Daly's '20 wrap around attempt was turned away by Connor Rodericks, however the rebound kicked out directly to Lindstrom at the bottom of the right circle for who sent the puck into a wide open net.
Extending the Mammoths' advantage to 3-1 midway through the second, a no-look dish from Fitzgerald set up Lupo with a scoring chance in the low slot. Deking to his backhand, Lupo sniped a shot over the glove of the netminder.
Playing 4-v-4 hockey after two quick penalty calls with 11:23 remaining in regulation, Fitzgerald made a bid to give Amherst a three-goal cushion as he sprinted towards net on a breakaway, however Rodericks stood strong as the forward juked to his forehand to come up with the pad save.
Tallying his second score of the game at the 5:55 mark, Lindstrom made the most of a power play opportunity following a Conn. College hooking penalty to make it 4-1 in favor of the home team with time winding down. Setting up in front of the goal, Lindstrom redirected Phil Johansson's '19 slap shot from the top of the point just inside the right post.
Jacob Moreau had the Camels final scoring chance of the battle with two minutes remaining, as he nearly beat the Amherst netminder with a crafty wrap around attempt, but Connor Girard '18 made it across the crease just in time to make the stop on the far post.
- In between the pipes, Girard (8-4-4) racked up 23 saves in the winning effort for Amherst, while Rodericks (8-5-3) made 30 stops for the Camels in the loss.
- The Mammoths owned a 34-24 advantage in shot differential, including an 11-3 edge in the second period.
- Up a skater, Amherst finished 1-for-3, while Conn. College went 0-for-5 on the power play.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Today's game marked Senior Day for the Mammoths who will graduate seven seniors following the 2017-18 season, including: defender and captain Tyler Granara, forward Will Vosejpka, forward and captain Thomas Lindstrom, forward David White, defender and captain Patrick Mooney, goaltender Connor Girard and director of hockey operations Johnny Arena.
- As a class, this year's seniors have compiled an overall mark of 58-31-13, a .629 winning percentage, with a 37-22-10 record against NESCAC opponents and a 37-4-7 record at home. During that time, Amherst has outscored opponents 288-229, and has qualified for three NESCAC Championship tournaments, including two appearances in the NESCAC Finals highlighted in 2015-16 by a NESCAC crown and an eventual trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. Congratulations seniors!