SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Two power play scores by Patrick Daly '20 in the second period pushed the Mammoths past the Purple Knights as the Amherst College men's hockey team downed St. Michael's, 3-1 Tuesday evening at Cairns Ice Arena.
With the win, Amherst earns its first victory of 2018-19 and improves to 1-1-0 on the season, while St. Michael's falls to 1-6-1 overall. Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 24 when they host Geneseo at Orr Rink in a non-conference clash beginning at 3 p.m.
Finding the back of the net with 3:37 remaining in the opening stanza, Joey Lupo '19 put the visitors ahead, 1-0. Keeping the puck in the zone on a clearing attempt with a great defensive play, Mark Esposito '20 set up the score as he found Nick Bondra '21 in the slot. Powering a shot on target, Bondra's shot was met with a kick save, however the rebound bounced directly to Lupo on the left post who roofed the puck into the nylon.
Striking twice in the second period, Daly capitalized on two power play opportunities to to give the Mammoths a comfortable three-goal cushion heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation.
Forcing a turnover in the right corner, P.J. Conlon '20 found Bondra on the left dot to set up a score at the 6:23 mark. Ripping a shot on frame, Bondra's attempt was redirected by Daly between the keeper's legs to make it 2-0.
Striking once again 9:35 later, Daly beat the St. Michael's goalie while up a skater, sending a rebound five-hole to put the visitors up by three. Phil Johansson '19 and Bondra were credited with the assists on the score.
Avoiding the shut out, the Purple Knight's potted a short-handed score with 3:28 remaining in regulation as Thomas Flack intercepted a pass in the neutral zone to earn a breakaway before backhanding a shot over the goal line.
In between the pipes, Michael Cullen '21 (1-0-0) racked up 19 stops for Amherst in the winning effort, while Tim Decker (1-2-0) made 27 saves for the Purple Knights in the loss.
The Mammoths owned a 30-20 edge in shots on target in the matchup and finished 2-for-7 on the power play, while St. Michael's went 0-for-5 up a skater.