Ephs Deal Mammoths NESCAC Loss at Orr Rink

Ephs Deal Mammoths NESCAC Loss at Orr Rink

AMHERST, Mass. -- Despite outshooting their opponents 37-20, including 17-0 in the third period, Amherst College was unable to come back from a 3-0 deficit and fell to Williams College 3-1 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.

Amherst has dropped three of their last four games and falls to 2-5-1 on the year and 1-4-0 in the NESCAC. #13 Williams is now 6-2-0 (5-1-0 NESCAC).

First year Mac Carso scored twice in the first period to get the game off on the right foot for the visitors, who got 36 saves out of first year goalie Evan Ruschil.

Both of Carso's goals came with assists by Nick VanBelle and Daniel Woolfender, the first just 3:18 seconds into the game and the second right before the final whistle of the period.

Carso scored his first collegiate goal when VanBelle dug the puck out of the corner and flicked it to him from the left side to the right side of the crease.

He added to his ledger in the final minute of the first when he batted home a puck out of the air and into the back of the net with thirty-four seconds left in the period.

Nick Altmann tripled the Ephs' lead three and a half minutes into the second period with his second goal of the year.

Junior Bobby Beniers slid the pass across the face of goal to Altmann, who roofed it over the head of Giancarlo Ventre '20 to put Williams ahead by three goals. VanBelle picked up another assist after feeding Beniers and allowing him to enter the zone with the puck.

Joey Lupo '20 got the Mammoths on the board with a nifty goal late in the second period. Taking the feed from Ryan Wilson '23, Lupo sped into the offensive zone, dragged his stick far to the right of goal and then pulled it back to slide a backhanded shot past Ruschil.

It was Lupo's first goal of the year while Wilson picked up his second assist and Sean Wrenn '22 got his third helper of the season.

Ventre made 17 saves for Amherst, who failed to score on five power play opportunities.

The Ephs did not score on their only man-up opportunity.

The Mammoths pulled Ventre for the final minutes and attempted 17 shots against Ruschil in the third period but couldn't pull any closer before the final horn.

Amherst will regroup over the winter break and return to the ice on the road in early January when they visit Nazareth on the 3rd (7 PM) and 4th (3 PM).