Amherst Hands No. 10/5 Trinity its First Loss of the Season, 3-2

Amherst Hands No. 10/5 Trinity its First Loss of the Season, 3-2

HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior Jack Fitzgerald struck twice in the opening stanza to lead the Mammoths' offense as the Amherst College men's hockey team handed No. 10/5 Trinity College its first loss of the winter, 3-2 Saturday evening at the Koeppel Community Center. 

With the victory, Amherst earns its second win against a ranked opponent and improves to 3-2-1 on the season and to 1-1-1 in league play, while Trinity falls to 4-1-2 on the year (2-1-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to action on Friday, Dec. 7 when they travel to archrival Williams for a 7 p.m. conference clash. 

The Mammoths wasted no time breaking the score open with a goal in the game's first 20 seconds as Jack Lloyd '21 set up the scoring play by firing a wrist shot from just inside the blue line on target. The initial threat was turned away by Bantam keeper Jonah Capriotti, however the rebound fell to Fitzgerald on the back-side post where he one-timed a shot for the score. 

Responding midway through the first period, Lucas Michaud evened things up following an Amherst interference call. Trinity's power play unit made good on the opportunity, with Michaud redirecting a slap shot from Michael Grande past the Mammoths' netminder. 

Reclaiming the lead at the 13:27 mark, Fitzgerald second goal of the period put the visitors back on top, 2-1. Capitalizing on Bantam penalty, Fitzgerald and Steven Mallory perfectly executed a give-and-go at the point to free up space, resulting in a wrist shot from Fitzgerald from the right dot sailing into the top-shelf of the net.

Adding to their advantage 5:33 into the second stanza, first-year Sean Wrenn's first career goal proved to be a memorable one as it stood as the game-winner. Corralling a dish from A.J. Klein in the low slot, Wrenn quickly sent a backhander into the bottom left corner to pad the Mammoths' lead to 3-1. 

Battling back into the contest, Trinity cut the deficit back to one with 6:53 on the clock, as Devin Moore raced down the right side and send slipped a shot inside the near post to set the score at 3-2 heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation. 

Both team's had power play opportunities halfway through the third period but neither team converted them into scores. With 1:19 left to play, Trinity pulled Capriotti from goal to gain an extra skater, however Amherst managed to stave off the home team's attack and to hold on for the 3-2 victory.

In between the pipes, Giancarlo Ventre '20 (1-2-0) registered 37 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Capriotti (2-1-1) made 30 stops for Trinity in the loss. 

The Bantams owned a 39-33 edge in shots on target, while both teams finished 1-for-4 on the power play.