Amherst Battles Past Connecticut College, 3-2

Amherst Battles Past Connecticut College, 3-2

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Two unanswered Mammoths' goals in the second stanza lifted the visitors to victory, as the Amherst College men's hockey team edged Connecticut College, 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Dayton Arena.

With the win, Amherst improves to 11-6-4 on the season and to 8-4-4 in league play, while Connecticut College falls to 6-15-1 overall (2-13-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice on Friday, Feb. 15 when they host archrival Williams beginning at 7 p.m. 

Jumping out to a 1-0 lead, P.J. Conlon '20 needed just 1:03 to give the visitors the edge. Racing towards net after regrouping in the neutral zone, Stanley Brenner's '19 wrister from the right point was turned away, however Conlon was there to put the rebound home. 

Responding 55 seconds later, the Camels deadlocked the score at one all behind a score from Anthony Quatieri. Steven Senese set up the scoring play, hitting Paul Capozzi with a stick-to-stick pass to give him a clear path towards net. Ripping a shot on frame, Capozzi's attempt rang off the pipe, but Quatieri beat the defense to the rebound and pushed the puck over the goal line.

Taking their first lead of the game at the 13:05 mark, Ryan Petti tallied his seventh goal of the year to give Connecticut College a 2-1 edge. Sending a wrap around shot on target, Capozzi's attempt was met with a shoulder save, however the rebound bounced to the far left post for Petti to record the putback score. 

Up a skater following a Camel tripping penalty at the 8:59 mark in the second period, Phil Johansson '19 set the score at 2-2. Controlling momentum and working the puck around the zone, Steven Mallory '19 dished a pass to Johansson at the top of the right circle who powered a one-timer off the keeper and into the nylon.

Potting what stood as the game-winner with 3:40 on the clock, Noah Gilreath '20 made it 3-2 in favor of the Mammoths with assists from Max Roche '19 and Stephen Rex '22. Making the most of a 2-v-2, Roche cut to the middle of the slot and sent a shot off the pipe, however Gilreath crashed the net hard and was able to poke the puck that was sitting behind the keeper into the goal.

In between the pipes, Giancarlo Ventre '20 (4-3-3) registered 24 saves in the winning effort for Amherst, while Avery Gobbo (5-5-0) made 35 stops for Connecticut College in the loss.

The Mammoths owned a 38-26 advantage in shots on frame and finished 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Camels went 0-for-3 up a skater.