BEVERLY, Mass. – A strong start by the Gulls that featured three quick first period goals proved too much to overcome for the Mammoths, as the Amherst College men's hockey team fell to No. 13 Endicott College, 6-2 Monday afternoon at Raymond J. Bourque Arena.
With the setback, Amherst drops to 3-4-2 on the season, while Endicott improves to 8-3-1 overall. Kicking off the New Year with an eight game home stand, Amherst returns to action on Friday, Jan. 4 when they host Bowdoin at 7 p.m. in the first of five consecutive conference clashes at Orr Rink.
Striking three times in the opening seven minutes of the first period, three different Gulls found the back of the net to propel the home team to a quick 3-0 lead. James Winkler kicked off scoring at the 2:45 mark with an assist from Jonathan Waring before Ross Olsson added an unassisted tally while on the power play 21 seconds later. Jack Kilty capped off the hot start for Endicott, finding the back of the net with 13:06 on the clock to make it 3-0 with help from Waring and Tommy Besinger.
Getting on the board in the 11th minute, Patrick Daly '20 potted his third goal of the year to cut the Amherst deficit to 3-1. Corralling a pass from A.J. Klein '20 at mid-ice, Daly scored on a dump in from the red line as the Gulls' keeper misplayed the puck and let it slip by him five-hole.
Netting their second power play goal of the contest, Endicott regained a three-goal cushion five minutes into the second stanza as Ross Olsson connected with Ricky Carballo in the slot for the one-touch score into the bottom left hand corner.
Responding 10 minutes later, the Mammoths added a power play score of their own as junior Joey Lupo made it a 4-2 game at the 14:19 mark following a Gulls' slashing penalty. Working the puck around the zone, Phil Johansson '19 found Daly on the left post who quickly dished a pass to Lupo on the far side for the one-timer.
The Gulls added two more scores in the final three minutes of regulation to lift the home team to the 6-2 victory, with Daniel Kucerovy beating the Amherst netminder at the 17:52 mark and Tommy Besinger burying a power play goal 20 seconds later.
In between the pipes, Giancarlo Ventre '20 (1-3-1) registered 26 saves for the Mammoths in the losing effort, while Conor O'Brien (5-2-1) racked up 46 stops in the win for Endicott.
Amherst owned a 48-32 edge in shots on target and went 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Gulls finished 3-for-5 up a skater.