Mammoths Finish Strong to Rally Past Connecticut College, 4-2

Mammoths Finish Strong to Rally Past Connecticut College, 4-2

AMHERST, Mass. – Undeterred by a late comeback effort by the Camels, the Mammoths potted two goals in the final 2:49 to pick up their fourth straight conference win as the Amherst College men's hockey team pushed past Connecticut College, 4-2 Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.

With the win, Amherst improves to 7-4-2 on the season and to 5-2-2 in league play, while Connecticut College falls to 4-9-1 overall (0-7-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice on Friday, Jan. 18 when they host Hamilton beginning at 5 p.m.

Holding a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of action, Patrick Daly '20 netted his fourth goal of the winter to give the home team the edge. Capitalizing on a power play opportunity at the 17:07 mark, the Mammoths executed a highlight reel end-to-end rush that was capped off when Steven Mallory '19 connected with Daly in the high slot who ripped a wrist shot over the glove of the Camels' keeper. Phil Johansson '19 was credited with the secondary assist on the play.

In an energetic, back-and-forth second stanza, both sides earned several solid scoring chances.

One of the Mammoths' best opportunities to double up the score came right out of the gate, with Max Roche '19 nearly converting on a backhander from point-blank range 20 seconds into the period, however Connor Rodericks stonewalled the attempt to keep the visitors within striking distance.

Responding in kind, Giancarlo Ventre '20 came up with two impressive stops of his own with 16:04 and 9:07 on the clock, making a great sliding save on an attempt by Steven Senese on the far post before getting his pad on a laser of a wrist shot from Anthony Quatieri from just inside the left circle on a 2-v-1 rush.

Amherst needed just 42 seconds to double their lead to 2-0 at the start of the third period, as Jack Lloyd '21 corralled a pass from Daly in the slot and sent a shot into a wide open net after three quick stops by the Connecticut College goalkeeper.

Breaking through at the 4:30 mark, Jacob Moreau got the visitors on the board to cut the Camels deficit in half. Sneaking behind the Mammoths' defense on a 2-v-2, Liam Ferguson found Moreau on the far right post for the one-timer.

Each team saw their netminder come through in the clutch and register a stop on a breakaway attempt over the next six minutes, with Ventre making a save on Paul Capozzi at the 6:33 mark and and Rodericks standing strong on an attempt by Joey Lupo '20 with 8:51 on the clock.

Deadlocking the contest at 2-2 with 4:28 remaining in regulation, Kyle Moss potted his second score of the year as his shot from the left corner deflected off an Amherst defender in front of the net and over the blocker of the keeper.

Undeterred, the Mammoths retook the lead less than two minutes later. Burying his second goal in as many games and what stood as the game-winner, Nick Bondra '21 powered a rebound over the goal line as he fell to the ice. 

Senior Max Roche added the final insurance dagger for the Mammoths with .4 seconds left, recording an empty net score to lift Amherst to the 4-2 victory.

In between the pipes, Ventre (2-3-1) racked up 26 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Rodericks (1-6-1) made 48 stops for Connecticut college in the loss.

Amherst owned a dominant 52-28 edge in shots on target and finished a perfect 1-for-1 on the power play, while the Camels went 0-for-2 up a skater.