BRUNSWICK, Maine – Joey Lupo '20 dished out two assists before adding a goal of his own to lead the Mammoths' offense, as the Amherst College men's hockey team shut out Bowdoin College, 3-0 Friday evening at Sidney J. Watson Arena.
With the win, Amherst improves to 9-6-3 on the season and to 6-4-3 in league play, while Bowdoin falls to 6-11-2 overall (3-9-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 2 when they travel to Colby for a 3 p.m. conference bout.
Capitalizing on a Polar Bear tripping penalty with 4:02 remaining in the opening period, John Festa '19 tallied his second goal of the winter to give the Mammoths a 1-0 edge. Executing a textbook breakout from the defensive end, Lupo and Jack Fitzgerald '19 teamed up to find Festa who poked the puck past the keeper and over the goal line.
Doubling the Amherst lead three minutes later, Phil Johansson '19 made it a 2-0 game as he corralled a pass from Lupo in the high slot and ripped a wrister over the blocker of the Bowdoin goalie.
The Polar Bears made one final bid to get on the board while on the power play with time winding down, however Ronnie Lestan's shot with 4:41 on the clock rang off the pipe.
Potting the final dagger for the Mammoths while short-handed with 1:03 remaining in regulation, Lupo registered his third point of the night as he converted on an empty net score.
In between the pipes, Michael Cullen '21 (6-3-1) recorded 28 saves for Amherst in the winning effort, while Alex Zafonte (2-7-0) made 30 stops for the Polar Bears in the loss.
The Mammoths owned a 33-28 advantage in shots on target and went 1-for-2 on the power play, while Bowdoin finished 0-for-4 up a skater.