WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Mammoths netted four unanswered scores in the third period to push the Ephs to the limit, however two three goal periods by their archrivals proved too much to overcome as the Amherst College men's ice hockey team was edged by Williams, 6-5 Saturday afternoon at Lansing Chapman Rink.
With the loss, Amherst falls to 11-8-4 on the season and to 8-5-4 in league play, while Williams improves to 13-10-0 on the season (9-8-0 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Feb.18 when they travel to Middlebury for a their regular season finale. The puck is set to drop at 4 p.m.
Jumping out a 1-0 lead, Daniel Woolfenden took advantage of a faceoff win by David Italiano 2:51 into the matchup, sending wrister through traffic over the glove of the Amherst keeper and into the top right corner.
Responding less than five minutes later, Jack Fitzgerald deadlocked the score at 1-1 at the 7:28 mark. Capitalizing on a set faceoff play, Fitzgerald one-timed a dish from Joey Lupo '20 into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Taking a 3-1 lead into the first intermission, the Ephs tacked on two more scores in the final 10 minutes of the stanza, with C.J. Shugart powering a wrist shot from the high slot into the nylon at the 10:29 mark and Daniel Woolfenden sending a snap shot over the pad of the netminder at the 12:02 mark.
Recording their second consecutive three-goal period, Williams extended their lead over the visitors to 6-1 after 40 minutes of action.
Striking 1:07 into the second stanza, Nick VanBelle redirected Shugart's shot from the point into the netting before Max Fuld tallied a breakaway score with 14:05 on the clock and converted on a 2-v-1 opportunity at the 8:43 mark.
Looking to turn the momentum in favor of the Mammoths, Lupo tallied his seventh goal of the winter 47 seconds into the final period to make it a 6-2 game. Racing down the left boards following a turnover in the neutral zone, Lupo rifled a shot from the dot over the glove of the Williams keeper and into the top right corner.
Registering his second score of the game at the 8:40 mark, Lupo redirected Fitzgerald's shot from the point while on the power play to bring Amherst within three.
Netting the Mammoths' third unanswered goal, Thomas Lindstrom '18 tallied Amherst's second straight power play score to make it 6-4 and move the Mammoths back into striking distance. Finding his own rebound after a dish by Patrick Daly '20 from the right corner, Lindstrom buried his second attempt to notch his ninth score of the year.
Once again capitalizing on the power play, Daly brought Amherst within one with 3:04 remaining in regulation. Powering a shot from the left dot towards target, Daly's shot deflected off the netminder and trickled over the goal line.
The Mammoths continued to threaten with time winding down, holding Williams in their defensive end, but Amherst was unable to net the equalizer as the Ephs staved off the come back to secure the 6-5 win.
- In between the pipes, Connor Girard '18 made two stops in the 12:02 for Amherst, while Giancarlo Ventre '20 (2-3-0) registered 23 saves in the losing effort in 46:38.Michael Pinios (7-5-0) made 24 saves for Williams in the win.
- The Ephs owned a slight 29-31 edge in shot differential in the matchup.
- Amherst excelled on the power play, going 3-for-3, while Williams finished 0-for-1 up a skater.