Mammoths Edged by Little III Rival Wesleyan

Mammoths Edged by Little III Rival Wesleyan

AMHERST, Mass. – A power play goal late in the first period proved enough for the visiting Cardinals, as the Amherst College men's hockey team was edged by Little III rival Wesleyan, 1-0 Friday evening at Orr Rink. 

With the loss, Amherst falls to 8-6-2 on the season and to 5-4-2 in league play, while Wesleyan improves to 11-4-2 overall (9-0-2 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 26 when they host No. 9/7 Trinity College. Puck drops at 3 p.m.

Putting an eye-popping 23 shots on target in the first period, one of Amherst's best chances of the stanza came at the 14:34 mark as Pieter von Steinbergs '21 weaved through the defense and put a hard wrister on target from the high slot, however the attempt was met with a clutch glove save.

Capitalizing on a Mammoths interference penalty with 3:29 on the clock, the Walker Harris tallied his team-leading 11th goal of the winter to give the visitors a 1-0 edge at the break. Working the puck around the top of the zone, Chad Malinowski found Harris at the left dot who one-timed a low shot inside the near post.

Wesleyan's best opportunity to add to the board in what stood as a scoreless second stanza came at the 16:20 mark, but Harris' point-blank shot on frame from the left hash was smothered by Michael Cullen '21. Amherst countered with a dangerous chance of their own 10 minutes later, however Stanley Brenner '19 was unable to sneak a redirect from the right post past the Cardinal keeper. 

In a back-and-forth third period, a late push by the Mammoths to net the equalizer was fended off by the Cardinals as the visitors held on for the 1-0 victory. 

In between the pipes, Cullen (5-3-1) registered 23 saves for Amherst in the losing effort, while Tim Sestak (9-2-2) made 47 stops for Wesleyan in the win.

The Mammoths owned a 47-24 edge in shots on frame and finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Cardinals went 1-for-6 up a skater.