AMHERST, Mass. – Noah Gilreath '20 dished out assists on both Mammoths' goals in the second period, as the Amherst College men's hockey team shut out Anna Maria College, 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-5-2 on the season, while Anna Maria drops to 4-15-4 overall. Amherst returns to the ice on Friday, Jan. 25 when they host Little III rival Wesleyan beginning at 7 p.m.
The AMCATS best chance of the opening period came 1:40 into the contest, with Gavin Proeh corralling a loose puck behind the net and powering a shot on target from the low slot, however Giancarlo Ventre '20 stood strong to stonewall the attempt.
Looking to break the scoreless deadlock with 7:30 on the clock, Jack Fitzgerald '19 had a chance for the Mammoths after a shot from the point was knocked down and the puck landed at his stick on the left post, but his wrister rang off the pipe.
Getting the home team on the board 2:19 into the second stanza, senior Stanley Brenner potted his first goal of the winter to put the Mammoths ahead, 1-0. Working the puck around the zone, Gilreath connected with Matteo Mangiardi '21 in front who had his deke to his forehand met with a kick save by the AMCATS keeper, but Brenner was there to clean up the rebound.
Capitalizing on an Anna Maria holding penalty just over three minutes later, P.J. Conlon '20 netted his second power play score of the season to double Amherst's edge to 2-0. Julius Huset came up with the initial save on a redirect from Steven Mallory '19, however Conlon was able to send the rebound into the nylon.
Racing toward net on an odd-player rush, Nick Kukuris made a bid to cut into the Mammoths lead during 4-v-4 play midway through the period, however Ventre made his way across the crease in time to get his pad on the shot by Kukuris on the far right post.
A physical battle until the final seconds, the AMCATS made one final push to avoid the shut out with time winding down, but A.J. Klein '20 made a fantastic block on a shot by Sam Cyr-Ledoux to keep the puck from going over the goal line and Connor McIntosh's goal was called back due to a high stick in the final 10 seconds as the Mammoths held on for the 2-0 victory.
In between the pipes, Ventre (3-3-1) made 18 stops for Amherst in the winning effort, while Huset (0-3-0) registered 51 saves for Anna Maria in the loss.
The Mammoths owned a 53-18 advantage in shots on frame and finished 1-for-6 on the power play, while the AMCATS went 0-for-3 up a skater.