Amherst Battles Non-Conference Foe Babson to 1-1 Overtime Draw

Amherst Battles Non-Conference Foe Babson to 1-1 Overtime Draw

AMHERST, Mass. – Despite an exciting start that saw two goals in the opening six minutes, neither team was able to record the game-winner as the Amherst College men's hockey team battled Babson College to a 1-1 overtime tie Sunday evening at Orr Rink.

With the draw, Amherst moves to 2-3-1 on the season, while Babson moves to 5-3-1 overall. Amherst returns to action next Friday, December 6 when they host Middlebury College in a NESCAC matchup beginning at 7PM.

Roaring out of the gate, the Mammoths needed just 1:18 to take an early lead, with von Steinbergs notching his second of the winter with assists from Nick Bondra '21 and Patrick Daly '20. Forcing a turnover in the right corner in their defensive end, Daly poked the puck past a Beavers defender at the point to give Amherst an odd-man rush. Feeding the puck to the left side, Bondra connected with a wide-open von Steinbergs who powered a snap shot from the hash marks over the blocker of the Babson keeper.

Responding just over four minutes later, the visitors took advantage of an Amherst tripping penalty to pull the sides even at one all. Regrouping behind their own net, Ryan Black capped off the end-to-end skate as he one-timed Mike Egan's dish to the left post over the goal line.

Looking to retake the lead with 14:06 on the clock in the second period, Matteo Mangiardi '21 nearly put the home team back out ahead as he sent a laser from the left dot towards target, but his attempt rang off the crossbar as the sides remained tied at the end of 40 minutes.

Matt Wiesner had a solid scoring chance for the Beavers early in the third, with Cooper Norton finding the forward alone in the slot following a scrum behind the goal. One-timing a shot on frame at the 17:02 mark, Amherst netminder Dan Dachille '23 proved up to the task as he registered a right pad save on the blast.

Each earning an opportunity to net the game-winner in the final five minutes of regulation, neither team was able to convert on their chance as junior Jack Lloyd's wrister from the right dot hit off the nearside pipe and Corrigan's low slapper from the left point was met with a stick save to force overtime.

The Mammoths outshot the visitors 3-1 in the overtime period but were unable to pot the final dagger as the contest concluded in a 1-1 draw.

Making 26 saves in between the pipes, Dachille (1-0-1) earned the tie for Amherst, while Aidan Murphy (4-0-1) registered an impressive 50 stops for the Beavers in 65 minutes of action.

The Mammoths finished the night with a 51-27 advantage in shots on target and went 0-for-1 on the power play, while Babson went 1-for-3 up a skater.