ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Returning to action after a nearly month-long break, the Amherst College men's hockey team was unable to start the New Year with a win, as the Mammoths fell to Nazareth College, 1-0, Friday evening at the Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex.
With the setback, Amherst falls to 2-6-1 on the season, while Nazareth, who had also been idle for 27 days, improves to 6-4-2 overall. The Mammoths are back at it again tomorrow, Saturday, January 4 when they hit the ice for a rematch against the Golden Flyers at 3:00PM.
Netting what stood as the contest's lone goal with 2:05 remaining in the first period, Jackson Shanley notched an unassisted tally off an odd-man rush as he ripped a wrister from the top of the left circle over the shoulder of the Amherst goalkeeper.
The Mammoths tested the Golden Flyers netminder with double-digit shots in each of the three periods, however Sean Kuhn stood strong for the home team to earn his sixth 30-plus save performance of the year.
Pulling their keeper with under two minutes on the clock to add the extra skater, Amherst fired off seven shots in the final 1:11, including a close call from Ryan Wilson '22 that just deflected off the shoulder of Kuhn, but the visitors were unable to tally the equalizer as Nazareth held on for the victory.
Giancarlo Ventre '20 (1-6-0) registered 22 saves in between the pipes for Amherst in the loss, while Kuhn (4-4-1) racked up 39 stops for the Golden Flyers to earn the win.
Outshooting Nazareth 17-4 in the second period, the Mammoths finished the night with a 39-23 advantage in shots on target. Neither side was able to take advantage of power play opportunities, with Amherst going 0-for-3 and the Golden Flyers finishing 0-for-6.